Insomnia

Insomnia-300x199Condition Description

A condition under which one has trouble falling or staying asleep. Some individuals fall asleep easily but wake up too soon thereafter, often still feeling tired

Common Symptoms

  • Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep
  • Lack of deep sleep
  • Chronic tiredness

Underlying Causes

  • Insomnia is a symptom for a range of underlying problems that can be psychological, physical or a combination of both
  • Physical causes include excessive stimulants in the form of caffeine, prescription drugs, or illegal narcotics
  • Environmental causes include food allergies, yeast overgrowth, and chemical sensitivity
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as magnesium
  • Sleep apnea or any condition causing tissue hypoxia (low oxygen)

Traditional Approach

  • Address psychological stress
  • Sedatives like Zaleplon (Sonata), Eszopiclone (Lunesta), and Zolpidem (Ambien)
  • Benzodiazepine receptor agonists like Triazolam (Halcyon), Estazolam (Prosom), and Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants like Amitriptyline (Elavil), Doxepin (Sinequan), and Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
  • Non-tricyclic antidepressants like Trazadone (Desyrel), and Nefazodone (Serazone)

EHAC Approach

  • First identify potential underlying causes like the use of prescription drugs (treating those conditions as well)
  • Reduce exposure to stimulants like caffeine
  • Identify and treat any environmental causes
  • Magnesium and melatonin at night to induce natural sleep
  • Natural herbs like chamomile tea, valerian, passionflower, or amino acids like L-theanine, and 5-hydroxytryptophan
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