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Different types of insomnia

 The broad categories of sleep disorders are:
  1. Transient (temporary) insomnia – may last a week or so and can be linked to change of occupation, overseas trip etc.
  2. Short-term insomnia – disruptive sleep for a few months and may be triggered by stressful events or illness.
  3. Chronic (long term) insomnia – disruptive sleep persisting for more than a few months.
  4. Secondary insomnia – sleep is diminished because of painful conditions interfering with sleep
  5. Primary insomnia – includes disorders of the body’s sleep clock and sleep apnea.

What are the signs?

Sleep is basically a restorative process for your body, your mind and perhaps your spirit.  Not being able to sleep is distressing and the more you try to sleep the more agitated you become.  The more you worry, think and talk about sleep the more sleep eludes you.

Signs of insomnia include trouble falling asleep, waking during the night, waking up very early and not getting back to sleep and non-restorative sleep resulting in fatigue, poor concentration/memory and reduced functioning during the day.

Causes of insomnia and what to do about them

There’s always a cause.  The cause may be physical, genetic, nutritional, emotional, mental or behavioral, meaning that you simply prefer other nocturnal activities rather than sleep.  Stress and anxiety will certainly exacerbate insomnia.
There are 68 factors that impede restorative sleep and these are listed in the book Tired of Not Sleeping? When you look at the long list of causes in this section, you may wonder how any of us get to sleep in the first place.

Recommended books

Tired of Not Sleeping? providing an holistic program for a good night’s sleep.
Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” insomnia juicing recipe, pages 108-109.
MAGNESIUM The Miracle Mineral You won’t believe the DIFFERENCE it makes to your HEALTH!  This book discusses Magnesium as being essential for hundreds of chemical reactions that take place in the body every second, with recent findings also indicating that it offers a wide range of important health-promoting benefits.  See page 9 for these benefits.

Recommended supplements:

Triple B 12

  • Take 1 dot daily – B12 is necessary for the structure and function of nerve fibers and cells and also influences melatonin. The natural hormone Melatonin can assist with poor sleep.

Melatonin Sleep-eze

  • Take 1 – 2 tablets at sunset. Melatonin is a sleep-promoting hormone produced naturally in the body.  This natural hormone is not habit forming and unlike sleeping tablets, does not produce a hangover effect in the morning.

Magnesium Complete tablets or Magnesium Ultra Potent powder

  • Take 2 – 4 tablets 1 hour before bed or 1 teaspoon of powder.  Recommended for many physical and emotional disorders.  Studies show that magnesium supplementation improves sleep quality by increasing slow wave sleep and decreasing adrenal stress hormones.  It is a great relaxer.

Other recommendations:

Relaxation, meditation, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, and other natural therapies can be helpful, along with medications for sleeping and depression such as anti- depressant drugs and sleeping pills.
Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, sugar, sweet foods and alcohol during the evening, and avoid drinking excess water during the 2 hours before bed.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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