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Enhancing Sleep and Boosting Energy Levels with Functional Medicine and Ketamine Therapy

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11/09/2023

In our fast-paced world, the importance of quality sleep and energy levels cannot be understated. Unfortunately, many individuals struggle with sleep disorders and chronic fatigue, which can significantly impact overall well-being. While there’s no one-size-fits-all or one-size-cures-all solution, the synergistic effects of ketamine therapy and functional medicine offer promising and personalized answers to improve sleep, energy, and general mood.

Addressing Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can significantly impact mental health and energy levels, leading to a vicious cycle of fatigue and mood disturbances. Sleep disorders can manifest in various forms, including insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. Traditional remedies often involve pharmaceutical sleep aids that may lead to addiction or unwanted side effects.

Sleep disorders are also not often an isolated condition. In the United States alone, 16 million people struggle with depression, and a shocking 75% of people with depression experience some degree of sleep disorder. People experiencing sleep issues are ten times more likely to develop depression, while people diagnosed with depression are at a heightened risk of developing sleep issues.

Sleep disturbances can arise for a variety of other underlying reasons, including chronic pain, trauma, stress, hormone levels, age, weight, and changes to our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin and cortisol – the “stress hormone and sleep hormone” – play an important role in managing our sleep patterns. They can be affected by things like stress levels and age, and when they are out of balance, we feel the negative effects.

Disturbed sleep is usually characterized by decreased sleep and sleep continuity, and earlier and more frequent wake-ups throughout the night. Slow wave sleep (SWS), slow wave activity (SWA), and rapid eye movement (REM), are all indications of a good, deep sleep, but are found to be at low levels among people with sleeping disorders.

Holistic Approaches for Restful Sleep:

Because it is a multifaceted issue, the remedy requires the comprehensive and root-cause approach which is the hallmark of functional medicine. Functional medicine aims to restore the natural balance within the body by considering a range of factors such as nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, stress, hormone levels, and environmental influences – a whole health approach. By addressing sleep disturbances from a multidimensional perspective, functional medicine enables individuals to achieve optimal sleep patterns without relying on pharmaceutical options alone.

Our approach may involve identifying and addressing any nutrient deficiencies that may be affecting your sleep and energy levels, such as vitamin D, magnesium, or B vitamin deficiencies. For example, magnesium, which acts on the same receptors as ketamine, is a crucial mineral that plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Studies have shown magnesium to play a role in energy regulation by decreasing cortisol concentrations and increasing melatonin before bed, thereby increasing sleep efficiency.

Using functional medicine, we can formulate a targeted supplementation plan that addresses these deficiencies and supports better sleep and energy regulation.

Revitalizing Energy Levels with Ketamine Therapy:

Ketamine therapy stands out as an innovative treatment used to restore mental health and improve sleep and energy levels. Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic agent that has shown remarkable potential in treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, to name a few. By mediating these mood disorders, individuals experience improved sleep quality and nighttime rejuvenation.

Research suggests that ketamine therapy can significantly improve sleep quality and alleviate symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Ketamine therapy has also been found to influence brain circuits associated with sleep regulation, leading to enhanced sleep structure and duration. After administration of ketamine, there is an increase in slow wave activity (SWA), slow wave sleep (SWS), and rapid eye movement (SLEEP), which we previously mentioned are key markers for a deep and restful sleep. Improving these stages of sleep not only helps you feel more rested, but produces antidepressant effects as well. The overall improvement in mood then works to keep energy levels up during waking hours.

Patients report a boosted mood, higher energy levels, and renewed mental clarity, resulting in an overall sense of well-being. For many patients, that effect can be almost instantaneous. Chris described how he felt the day after receiving his first ketamine infusion: “I woke up with all this energy. I felt like doing things I had put off for years. I went downstairs, rearranged the furniture, went out and cleaned my garage, and then ran errands the rest of the day. I couldn’t do any of those things before.” (Patient name changed for privacy purposes)

The Limbic Medical Experience

Achieving optimal well-being and mental health is a journey, and at Limbic Medical we are here to support you every step of the way. At this premier ketamine clinic in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Atoian works closely with each patient to identify the underlying causes of sleep and energy issues, creating tailored treatment protocols that prioritize long-term well-being. The integration of functional medicine and ketamine therapy at Limbic Medical provides a unique, comprehensive approach, including dietary modifications, lifestyle interventions, and holistic treatments. By addressing the underlying causes of sleep disturbances and utilizing ketamine’s profound effects on mental health, individuals can unlock the potential to achieve restorative sleep and revitalize their daily lives.

Don’t let sleep and energy issues hold you back from living your best life—explore the transformative potential of functional medicine and ketamine therapy with Limbic Medical today.

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