Nearly all patients with fibromyalgia and approximately 70-80% of depressed patients experience some type of sleep disorder. Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and early morning awakening are the most common sleep disturbances associated with these conditions. In the presence of disease or injury and with conditions such as anxiety or pain, imbalances in the requirements for certain nutritional components can adversely affect sleep patterns. Patients with sleep disorders often experience a deficiency of tryptophan, choline, and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). These sleep disorders are frequently accompanied by reduced blood levels of serotonin, and 5-hydroxytryptophan.
Conventional pharmaceuticals designed to improve sleep frequently eliminate delta sleep and abolish REM sleep resulting in an impairment of cognitive function and memory, which can contribute to depression and pseudo-dementia.
Patients with sleep disorders are unable to function normally during the day which makes it difficult to maintain an acceptable quality of life. Physician Therapeutics medical food products are designed to meet the increased nutritional requirements of disease states by restoring the neurotransmitter balance needed to achieve restorative sleep and a return to functionality.
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