A condition under which one has trouble falling or staying asleep. Some individuals fall asleep easily but wake up too soon thereafter or have interrupted sleep, often still feeling tired
- Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep
- Lack of deep sleep
- Chronic tiredness
- Often associated with other symptoms like anxiety, depression, fatigue
- 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, chocolate, prescription drugs, or illegal narcotics. Many over-the-counter aspirin and acetaminophen preparations have caffeine.
- Environmental causes include food allergies, yeast overgrowth, and chemical sensitivity
- Nutritional deficiencies, such as magnesium
- Hormonal imbalances like low progesterone in women may cause insomnia
- Sleep apnea or any condition causing tissue hypoxia (low oxygen)
- Address psychological stress
- Sedatives like Zaleplon (Sonata), Eszopiclone (Lunesta), and Zolpidem (Ambien)
- Benzodiazepine receptor agonists like Triazolam (Halcion), Estazolam (Prosom), and Temazepam (Restoril)
- Tricyclic antidepressants like Amitriptyline (Elavil), Doxepin (Sinequan), and Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Non-tricyclic antidepressants like Trazadone (Desyrel), and Nefazodone (Serazone)
- First identify potential underlying causes like the use of prescription drugs
- Reduce exposure to stimulants like caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Even drinking caffeine in the morning can cause insomnia in some.
- Identify and treat any environmental causes
- Magnesium and melatonin at night to induce natural sleep. Magnesium’s natural effect on brain is calming it.
- Natural herbs like chamomile tea, valerian, passionflower, or amino acids like L-theanine, and 5-hydroxytryptophan