Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder with a variety of causes. Our bodies need an average of 8 hours of sleep a night; without it, our minds and bodies do not function at full capacity. Also, lack of sleep affects our muscle tone, immunity, and mood. If it progresses, it can lead to adrenal depletion and a viscous cycle of sleeplessness and hormone imbalances.
Biochemical Causes of Insomnia
- Hormonal imbalances, periodic or chronic
- Deficiencies in magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients
- Many believe that body parasites can keep a person awake and that they are especially restless during the full moon. Sleeplessness during the full or new moon cycles can also be caused by your body rhythms.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia make it difficult to get restful sleep.
- A disrupted sleep schedule can throw off sleep, but can usually be restored when the schedule returns to normal.
- Inadequate exercise can cause sleeplessness.
- Eating too close to bedtime. Also, an overacidic body composition can make you lose sleep.
NeuroEmotional Causes of Insomnia
- Emotionally caused stress and anxiety
- Excessive mental activity, too much going on in your head. Ayurvedic medicine associates this with a particular body type called the vata dosha.
- TMJ and dental stress from improper bite are common causes of insomnia.
- Post traumatic stress disorder after an overwhelming event or series of events can cause insomnia.
- Depression and grief
Treatments for Insomnia
- Use melatonin (35 mg) supplements in the late afternoon to help you sleep at night. You can take one every night over extended periods.
- Drink a strong decoction (tea) of valerian root, skullcap, kava kava herb, and chamomile.
- Most insomnia is caused by caffeine, including caffeine in soft drinks, coffee, dark chocolate, and many overthecounter drugs.
- Some experts believe that aspartame causes insomnia, so that diet cola you’re drinking may pose a double risk for insomnia (and myriad other health problems).
- Make noncaffeinated teas your new drink of choice. If you need an afternoon pickmeup drink while at work, drink a cup of ginseng tea rather than coffee. In the evening, drink relaxing teas such as chamomile, valerian, hops, wild lettuce (contains opiates), and catnip.
- Taking power naps; 15 to 30 minutes in the midday is very helpful if your schedule allows. This is particularly helpful for individuals with porphyria.
- Try hypnosis to help you enter a state of sleepiness at a certain time of the evening.
- Acupressure, acupuncture, and reflexology, and especially Jin Shin Do, can release habit patterns, imbalances, and set your body back in alignment. You can try some acupressure on yourself before you go to sleep: press the inside of the wrist crease with your palm up, at the base of the hand and in line with the little finger.
- Instead of letting your mind think for too long, start focusing on trying to have a dream.
- Go to a chiropractor or deep tissue body worker to help you release deepseated tension stored in your body. If you suffer from TMJ or teeth grinding, you might seek out a dentist or practitioner who can help realign your jaw and relax your TJM stress.
- Do a long herbal parasite cleanse that includes black walnut hulls and wormwood, and cloves to kill the eggs. Put your pets on herbal parasite maintenance as well. You can take powder from capsules and spread it over their food in the proportionate amount to human weight.
- Consider natural antidepressants such as St. John’s wort, kava kava, 5HTP or SAMe.