Inflammation ruins your sleep! What causes inflammation?
There’s one main reason why you can't sleep! Ready for it? It's because your body is releasing cortisol at night when it shouldn't be. Bottom line.
Now, what is causing your body to release cortisol at night is different for everyone. That's where the lab tests I do come in handy. They give me clues to what's going wrong in your body that’s causing you to have a stress response at night.
One of the main reasons that your body releases cortisol at night is because of inflammation. Yes, mental stress plays a role as well as other things like low blood sugar or a toxic liver. But inflammation is the main reason. That's because cortisol is an anti-inflammatory hormone. And so whenever there’s inflammation, your body releases cortisol to deal with that inflammation. Which is a good thing when it’s short-term. But if there's inflammation all the time, day and night, it's going to affect your body and your sleep.
There are three main reasons why we have inflammation.
The first main cause of inflammation is the food you're eating. Gluten and dairy especially tend to be inflammatory, and many people are sensitive to them. Refined sugar, which is everywhere you look, also causes a ton of inflammation. Processed oils and fats like trans fats, hydrogenated oils and many plant-based oils like grapeseed, canola and sunflower oils that are in processed foods contribute to inflammation.
A low carb or low fat diet can surprisingly cause inflammation too. And if you're eating foods you are sensitive to, even healthy foods like salmon or broccoli, your gut wall becomes inflamed. To make sure what you’re eating doesn’t cause inflammation, you can focus on eating whole, organic foods, eliminate refined sugars and oils and find out what foods are sensitive to and avoid them.
The second main cause of inflammation is pathogens in your gut. Don't get freaked out if you haven't heard of this before! But having a parasite like giardia or bacteria like h-pylori or yeast like candida all cause low-grade inflammation. These creatures are most active at night and releasing lots of toxins then and so this is a big reason why many of my clients wake up at night.
To find out if pathogens are causing inflammation for you, you want to do a pathogen screening and get rid of anything you find there. This is a lab test I do with all of my clients because it makes such a huge difference with their sleep.
The third cause of inflammation has to do with toxins. Personal care products like your shampoo, deodorant and face cream can be toxic. Same with the cleaning supplies you use. Tap water has a lot of toxins and so do many of the pots and pans we cook with. Dental fillings and mold cause inflammation too.
A healthy liver can easily deal with all these toxins. But if you're constantly exposed to them and your liver can't keep up, they're going to cause lots of inflammation as they keep circulating throughout your body. You can minimize the amount of toxins your liver has to handle by using natural personal care products and cleaning supplies, drinking filtered water and limiting EMFs in your home, especially at night.
If you're excited about uncovering why you can't sleep, we should definitely chat.