Magnetic Therapy Solutions to Improve Sleep due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other causes of insomnia.

The Facts…

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and is essential if you are to feel your best during the day. Sleep requirements vary widely, but most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

Lack of sleep impairs your ability to function properly during the day. 1-in-3 American adults (over 56 million) lose 20 hours of sleep each month due to nighttime pain and sleeplessness. That’s the equivalent of three full nights of sleep.

Those who complain of nighttime pain experience back pain most, followed by headaches, muscular aches and pains, and arthritis pain.

Sleep loss decreases the entire brain’s ability to function, most significantly impairing the areas of the brain responsible for attention, complex planning, complex mental operations, and judgment. Until recently, most scientists did not believe that lack of sleep caused any significant physical problems. A study at the University of Chicago, Dept. of Medicine found that sleep debt has a harmful effect on endocrine function and carbohydrate metabolism and may increase the severity of chronic disorders, including the sensation of pain. The impact of lack of sleep on the body is astounding. When healthy young men in there 20’s were allowed only four hours sleep per night for six consecutive nights their blood test results nearly matched those of diabetics. In addition, they had elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to hypertension and memory impairment.

How do the seasons affect our sleep?

The process of sleep is not fully understood, but we do know that when it is dark, the pineal gland (a magnetically sensitive gland located in the center of the brain) secretes a hormone called melatonin, which is believed to induce sleep. The results of a study conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York on “seasonal affective disorder” found there is strong indication that changes in the earth’s magnetic field alter melatonin secretion by the pineal gland, which synchronizes our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms control our sleep/wake cycle, also known as our biological clock. During the winter months the earth’s magnetic field diminishes in strength, leading to increased susceptibility for desynchronization of circadian rhythms and “seasonal affective disorder,” characterized by recurrent winter depression associated with hypersomnia, overeating, and carbohydrate craving. The study also found that when the earth’s magnetic field is shielded it significantly desynchronizes man’s circadian rhythms, which could gradually be resynchronized with the application of a supplemental magnetic field. The practical application of which would be to sleep on a magnetic mattress or mattress pad.

Pain and sleep

Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia) can take various forms or patterns: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and early wakening. Pain effects sleep patterns: arthritis, leg cramps, fibromyalgia, restless legs syndrome, and other forms of musculoskeletal pain can all interfere with your sleep patterns.The most common reason for sleep problems for people with pain is the pain itself. While people with discomfort may eventually be able to fall asleep, the pain awakens them throughout the night, and they feel exhausted the next day. Although they may get many hours of sleep, they are fatigued during the day due to poor quality of sleep.
Sleep consists of two very different states: rapid-eye-movement (REM) and Non-REM sleep. In REM sleep (when dreams occur) your eyes move under your lids, your heartbeat quickens, your body processes speed up, and you toss and turn, which further aggravates a painful condition. Many people wake up in the morning feeling stiff or sore, which can also be a sign that your mattress is no longer comfortable or supportive.

There are several stages of Non-REM sleep, but we will concern ourselves with the deepest stage (stage 4). During this time the body repairs itself and restores lost energy, utilizing a hormone called somatostatin. Lack of stage 4 sleep is believed to be an important factor in chronically painful conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Improving the quality of your sleep

For anyone who experiences even minor difficulty in sleeping, some simple, common sense measures to help you sleep are:

  • Avoid alcoholic drinks in the late evening. Alcohol may help sleep onset, but can cause early morning wakefulness.
  • Cut back on coffee, tea, and other sources of caffeine, especially in the evening.
  • Avoid eating a large, late-evening meal and heavy, fatty foods before going to bed.
  • Listen to some relaxing music or do some light relaxation exercise such as yoga before going to bed.
  • Don’t use your bedroom as a place to work.
  • Take a warm (NOT HOT) bath (not a shower) before going to bed.
  • Avoid naps if they interfere with your normal sleep pattern.
  • If unable to fall asleep within 20-30 minutes of lying down, get up and do something else until you feel sleepy. This way your body does not associate your bed with wakefulness.

Exercise during the day. -For those of you with difficulty sleeping due to nighttime pain or suffer from other forms of insomnia, complementary and alternative therapies are noninvasive and tend to be free of side effects. They enhance physical and emotional well-being and help to relieve and control your symptoms. They are also an important part of an overall wellness program to help maintain your health.
Clinical studies have shown that a properly designed magnetic sleep system provides many benefits to those suffering from nighttime pain and sleeplessness, and those waking up with stiff or sore muscles.

Advanced Biomagnetics Sleep Systems takes magnetic sleep systems use a multi-therapeutic approach for reducing pain and stress to improve the quality of your sleep.