A leading doctor said that trouble sleeping could be a sign of liver disease. Dr. Brian Lun, an integrative and functional medicine specialist and chiropractor in Kansas City, suggests that people note their waking hours to determine if liver disease is causing their sleep problems.
Lun, quoted by The Express, said: “Usually the number one cause of waking up between 1am and 4am is a liver problem. You could have hepatitis or fatty liver disease, also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”
According to the Journal of Nature and Science of Sleep, night waking is a well-known symptom of liver scarring that can affect a person’s quality of life. At the same time, the Journal of Thoracic Disease reports that about 60 to 80 percent of patients with liver disease have trouble sleeping.
“When your liver is burdened with accumulated fat, it can no longer efficiently and effectively pleasure and detoxify your body,” explains Dr. moon. “Because toxins cannot be safely neutralized and removed from the body, the risk of degenerative diseases increases.
“Fatty liver is almost always associated with insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes.”
The idea that waking up at certain times is caused by liver disease comes from Chinese medicine. Dr. Lun added, “Our circadian rhythm is our ‘internal master clock’ and ensures that all our organs and internal biological systems work in harmony.
“The time between 01:00 and 03:00 is when the liver works its hardest to cleanse and detoxify our bodies while we sleep. So if your liver is sluggish and stagnant due to a build-up of fat during the liver cleansing period (1am and 4am), the body will try to free up more energy for detoxification and wake up your nervous system.
Some research suggests that certain lifestyle factors affect your waking hours. Research published in the Journal of Public Health in 2015 showed that sleep times that varied by more than 30 minutes reflected lower diet quality and higher alcohol consumption, meaning inconsistent sleep times could be linked to poor lifestyles.
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Source: Bel Fast Live