Insomnia

Sleep problems are increasingly common and affect many of us at some time or other during our lives. For about 9% of people insomnia however becomes a chronic condition which in turn can have dramatic consequences across a persons physical and psychological health.

Insomnia can manifest itself as difficult falling asleep, and/or difficulty staying asleep. Often the two go hand in hand.

Mental over stimulation, blood sugar swings, and emotional upset or stress are common factors contributing to insomnia. Nutritional deficiencies, a rundown nervous system, snoring, sleep apnea, nightmares, environmental factors, medical drugs, chronic pain, menopause, PMS, restless legs syndrome are a few of the other causes that may be contributing to insomnia.

What You Can Do

Homeopathy is very helpful in assisting with sleep, and this is something that is matched to your specific symptoms and causes. Come and see me for more information about that.

Coffee and all caffeine, should be avoided altogether, not just in the evenings, because there are studies which show it has effects for 24 hours.

Nutritional support should be applied, as a lack of certain minerals and trace elements can also cause insomnia.

Control blood sugar swings where applicable, with the use of certain minerals and also eating a small snack before bed.

Environmental factors. If this is an issue, correcting your sleep environment can assist greatly. Even very basic things like making sure the room you sleep in is clean and tidy, that you have clean sheets and clean air in your room, can make a big difference. There are of course factors, such as noise pollution from environmental factors, such as industry or the party next door or the kids who cannot sleep which will impact your quality of sleep. Do everything you can to create a good environment for sleeping.

General Tips to Improve Sleep

The following foods have been reported to me over the years to help with sleep from clients and people who have had success in treating this problem. Some may find these do not help, but it is worth trying:

  • Baked potatoes with evening meal
  • Hot milk before bed
  • Chamomile tea
  • Avoid eating foods with high processed sugar content, such as chocolates, cakes, ice cream, soft drinks.
  • If you have someone who can give you a relaxing massage, try and convince them as this will help too.
  • Going for walk before bed (see section “Exercise and Lifestyle” in this book on page 17) will also assist with sleep.
  • Long hot baths before bed will often drain the body of energy and can cause sleep problems in some, however with others it does help – so you need to be the judge of this.
  • Discipline yourself to get up in the morning, even if feeling tired. If you are in the habit of sleeping in then going to sleep at night at your usual time will be harder as your natural body clock will be thrown out.

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CASE STUDIES

Insomnia and Stress

Jo, 30, had been under a lot of stress at a worrying time had developed insomnia. She was waking at 3am every night and taking a long time to get to sleep. In the mornings she was tired and it was exacerbating the stress. Using a simple remedy she very quickly was able to re-establish a normal sleep pattern.

”The remedy you recommended for me helped me to relax enormously before bed and I found I was able to sleep the night through. What’s more it was a really good sleep, where I woke up feeling refreshed and calm. I’m so pleased I found your website and I’m so pleased I wrote to you.”

Insomnia for 20 Years

Margie, 70, had been experiencing disrupted sleep for 20 years, waking every few hours and suffering from restless leg syndrome. This had broad effects across her life, resulting in a lot of fatigue and frustration. After trying many things, she consulted me and after a few days reported back the following:

“I’m sleeping much better now Nick – the remedies you’ve recommended for me have really helped – and it’s so simple. I wish I’d known this before. Thank you very much.”

Severe Insomnia

Pippa, 34, had been experiencing severe insomnia for eight years. Every night she had trouble sleeping and when she came to me she was desperate for help and exhausted. Breaking down in tears she told me how all parts of her life were being affecting by her insomnia and since having it she now had regular headaches, anxiety and depression. Not only this, she had spent $2,000 on trying to get a solution with other practitioners. I called Pippa on the second day and she said she was feeling better and had had her first good night’s sleep for a very long time. On the fourth day she emailed me the following:

“Very good news! I’m day by day this week starting to feel so much better. SO pleased – energy and mind clarity better. Horrible, achy fluey feeling gradually going. Sleeping so much better, thank you so much.”

SUCCESS STORIES

“I seem to have made a remarkable turn around in very short time. Certainly the specialist is very impressed. I am conscious of not having felt this well for a very long time. Sleep patterns very good, tired at the end of the day and need to retire by 10 PM - sleep soundly all night, awake around 5-30AM feeling refreshed.” - NM

“I don’t have anymore nightmares or bad dreams. Also I do not feel anxiety as often. My facial skin is looking very good and overall there has been much positive change. It is easier for me to wake up in the morning now – so a big thank you for your help.” - MV

“The homeopathic drops you recommended for my baby worked beautifully. She sleeps just like a baby should, which means now my husband and I can get a good night’s sleep as well. Thanks!” - LB

"I have followed the programme you set out for me and I am very, very pleased with the results. I am feeling much better than I had even dared hope, starting from such a low point." - AR

"I have finished the program, I had the best month in years. Completely anxiety free, sleeping well, and very happy."- SS

“Taking your advice has meant a decent night’s sleep for me now. I can control the insomnia as I know what’s causing it. Very simple.” - OM

“My son no longer has the nightmares now – since your advice and remedy. This is a great relief as he is happier and it means we can get a good night’s sleep as well at last.” - BR

 


 

Nick Dale, Naturopath Perth, Morley, Roleystone

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