Condition: Insomnia

Insomnia

Symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty sleeping at least 5 hours continuously, waking up frequently at night or a combination of these factors.

Inability to sleep well can be due various factors:

  • Dietary imbalances: eating too late before going to bed, esp. difficult to digest foods such as red meat; drinking too much fluid before bed; allergies or reactions to certain foods, drinking stimulants after 2 PM such as coffee or caffeine-containing colas, etc.; reactions to food chemicals such as “natural flavors” (MSG), aspartame, etc.
  • Dietary deficiencies: low pH (due to poor mineral status),inadequate vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids
  • Certain medications can interfere with normal sleep patterns
  • Poor sleeping area (too hard or soft bed, synthetic bed-ding materials, noisy area, too much light in the room, leaving radio or TV on, high electromagnetic fields)
  •  Poor sleeping area (too hard or soft bed, synthetic bed-ding materials, noisy area, too much light in the room, leaving radio or TV on, high electromagnetic fields)
  • Insufficient sunlight exposure (to stimulate pituitary gland)
  • Internal infections (esp. parasitic) can often become active at night (creating restlessness and loss of sleep)
  • Pain anywhere in the body can worsen rest and sleep
  • Toxicity, esp. heavy metals from dental work, can create an acidic pH and poor ability to rest or sleep. Liver/gallbladder detox programs are often recommended.
  • Adrenal stress can result in poor sleep ability.

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