Insomnia and chronic fatigue are two sides of the same coin, if a person is unable to sleep at night they are usually fatigued during the day. Others seem to sleep through the night, yet experience fatigue during the day that more sleep just doesn’t fix.
Does any of this sound familiar?
- Struggle to fall asleep at night?
- Feel most awake when you should be going to bed?
- Have trouble staying asleep?
- Say you don’t have a sleeping problem, yet wake up at night to go to the bathroom when you should really be in your deepest sleep?
- Use the excuse, “I’m just a light sleeper” to explain why you wake easily?
- Wake up more tired than you went to bed?
- Wake up in the morning not hungry or even nauseous?
- Find yourself tired, unmotivated, and out of energy during the day?
- Find there are times that you can barely keep your eyes open no matter what you do?
- Find you’ve given up on activities you really enjoy because you’re just too tired?
If you answered yes to some or maybe even all of these questions, you have some real problems and you need some real help!
You probably already know that your problems are real and need help but have you been told:
There is nothing wrong, what you are feeling is normal.
That these symptoms are common and you just need drug XYZ.
You are just stressed, lazy, or need to exercise.
You are getting older, it’s a part of aging.
Have you already tried medications and found that they just don’t work? Have you had blood work performed and your doctor told you there is nothing wrong because your labs are normal?
These are often the things our patients have been told or experienced by their previous doctors.
So what makes our office different?
First of all we care for you, we don’t treat a diagnosis. We look upstream for the cause of your symptoms, not just give you a diagnosis. A diagnosis is nice, but it doesn’t tell us what is causing your symptoms or condition and it surely doesn’t tell us how to fix it.
We understand how you feel. What you are experiencing is real, and there is a cause for why you are experiencing your symptoms. We help people with these symptoms every day reclaim their lives.
What makes what we do different than the other doctors you’ve seen?
We don’t care what label you’ve been given. Our job is to help you identify the cause of your symptoms, to help you identify WHY you feel the way you do, and to help you identify what is CAUSING you to have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Have your previous doctors told you WHY you have these problems? Have they offered you a real solution to getting rid of your symptoms? Or, do they give you a diagnosis and a drug to match the diagnosis?
Why do doctors think that by giving you a diagnosis like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Insomnia, they have actually done their job? You already knew what you had before you walked in their office. But your doctor feels he has done his job, he has given you a diagnosis, a label, and now can cross match that diagnosis with a list of drugs made to treat/mask the symptoms associated with your new diagnosis.
You know, as well as, we do that you can’t drug yourself to health. Drugs mask symptoms and manage conditions, they don’t make you healthy.
Where the real doctoring takes place is not in giving you a diagnosis and a drug. The real doctoring occurs when we tell you WHY you have your symptoms, when we tell you what is CAUSING your diagnosis and then help you get healthy so that your symptoms go away.
So how do we do that?
By evaluating you neurologically and metabolically. We look at areas of the body that can CAUSE sleep problems and chronic fatigue when they are not functioning correctly. A thorough functional exam can uncover areas of the brain and nervous system that can affect sleep and wake cycles when they are not functioning correctly.
One of those areas is the top part of the brain stem called the mesencephalon; it determines our sleep/awake patterns. The mesencephalic reticular activating system is a three dollar phrase for the “top of the brain stem”. If the mesencephalon is firing, you will be awake. If the mesencephalon decreases frequency of firing you will be tired and unable to stay awake. Patients who experience insomnia probably have a mesencephalon that is over firing. Patients with fatigue, but seem to get enough sleep, may have a decreased frequency of firing of the mesencephalon.
A comprehensive evaluation of your body chemistry may uncover:
- Blood sugar problems
- Adrenal problems
- Hormonal problems
- GI problems
- Immune system problems
- Inflammatory problems
- And other problems that can be the cause of fatigue and adversely affecting your sleep and wake cycles.
A non-invasive neuro-map of brainwave function can evaluate your brainwaves and identify specific brainwave function in each lobe of the brain that may be involved.
By combining neurologic and metabolic assessments, a neuro-map of brainwave function along with a thorough history, and lab assessments, we can uncover the causes of your health challenges and symptoms.
With the problems uncovered, we can then set a non-drug plan into action to improve your health and your symptoms. Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep and may be part of your solution.
If you are looking for someone to help uncover the CAUSE of your health challenges and then work with you to improve your health, call Dr. Dranko or Dr. Gorlesky today at (919) 556-1033 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation Meet & Greet.
For more information on the neuro-map and Neurofeedback please visit our sister site: www.WakeNeurofeedback.com