Cognitive functioning refers to multiple mental abilities, including learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem solving, decision making, and attention. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning and remembering. It is safe to say that if mood or sleep or disturbed, cognitive functioning will suffer.
What many people do not understand is that your mood – or your emotional state – is influenced by a number of factors, both internal and external. What they also do not realize is that we can exert more control over these areas than one may think. Mindfulness, meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, hypnosis, and exercise prescribed correctly can significantly impact your biochemistry that helps with mood and outlook.
Biochemically, neurotransmitters play a big role in mood. Neurotransmitters are signaling substances that allow communication between cells. Neurotransmitters can affect the function of almost every cell in the body. Inadequate neurotransmitter production (which we typically call “depression”) can result for dietary inadequacies and/or gastrointestinal dysfunction. Why is this? Because over 75% of our neurotransmitters are made by the microbiome in our gastrointestinal tract. This is why addressing gut health is crucial in addressing our mood.
Sleep disorders and disturbances are also a foundation of our health. Mood disorders and sleep disturbances typically go hand-in-hand. Optimizing restful sleep helps to promote:
- Lower inflammation
- Improved Immunity
- Improved memory and cognition
- Lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Improve detoxification
- Improve weight management by regulating hormone signals in the brain
- Improve pain thresholds
- Increase tissue repair
Sleep is an invaluable time to restore and repair cellular damage that occurs during our daily lives. Health and wellness being with improved restorative sleep. This is often an area we will begin to make interventions within our practice.