Insomnia

Insomnia

Condition Description

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

Common Symptoms

  • Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep
  • Lack of deep sleep
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Often associated with other symptoms like anxiety, depression, fatigue

 

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, 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)

Traditional Approach

  • 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)

EHAC Approach

  • 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
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