Is Insomnia Wreaking Havoc on Your Health?
By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege
Insomnia. It is a term used to describe what afflicts the more than 82 million Americans who routinely have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. For those who have ever experienced a few sleepless nights in a row you are likely familiar with the feeling of desperation that sets in as you struggle to function during the following day. If it’s any consolation, you are not alone. Close to 40 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 15 reports they’ve experienced insomnia at least occasionally. (No wonder. STARBUCKS HOW MANY TIMES A DAY? Cut that out. JUST breakfast, no caffeine in any form rest of day.)
Why do we Sleep?
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For an activity that takes up one-third of our lives, little is known
about sleep and humans. It’s known, for example, that during
the deepest phases of sleep growth hormone is released, energy is
restored and the immune system is strengthened, and during
REM (rapid eye movement) sleep we have vivid dreams and our brains may
be working on consolidating memories.
Further, a study published in Nature last week found that our brain
restructures new memories during sleep, helping us to solve
problems and become more insightful. However, how and why this occurs,
and how we’ve evolved to thrive off of a certain
amount of sleep each night is largely unknown.
While it was once thought that our brains were inactive or dormant
during sleep, it’s now known that our brains are very active
during sleep and require the activity of special nerve cells just to
maintain a state of sleep. But the effects of sleep on our
physical and mental health are only just beginning to be understood.
Insomnia’s Effects on Health and the Economy
What is known about sleep is that when we don’t get enough of it there
are serious consequences to our physical and mental
health, economy and society as a whole. Insomnia, which can occur
intermittently or for several days or months at a time, is
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking frequently during the night
Waking too early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep
Waking feeling unrefreshed
Insomnia will affect your hormone levels and accelerate aging and has
been named as the culprit in a variety of diseases
diabetes but oddly, hypoglycemia or the munchies causes us to awake early! so
stressed pancreas and no zzzs go together.
But one of the most obvious and immediate effects of insomnia is the
increased risk of accidents. As reported in Business
Week, “Studies show that someone who has been awake for 24 hours has the
same mental acuity as a person with a blood
alcohol level of 0.1, which is above the legal limit for driving in most
This is a serious enough problem for the typical person driving to work,
as an average of 70,000 auto accidents are caused by
sleepy drivers each year, but when you consider someone who is a health
care worker, pilot, or law enforcement worker, the
effects can be deadly. Some 39 percent of health-care workers report
that they’ve had a “near miss or accident” at work due
to fatigue in the last year.
Further, sleep disorders cost the nation about $45 billion every year in
lost productivity, health care and motor vehicle accidents. The engineer
who crashed the Train in Los Angeles, killing 25 was half way through
a 16 hour shift, had supposedly just awakened after a nap, was heading
the train toward his fave cafe for 'lunch.'. Low blood sugar and fatigue..
New Sleeping Pills on the Horizon
Not surprisingly, the drug companies are scrambling to create new and improved sleeping pills that they can peddle to all of these sleepless people. It’s estimated that the market for such drugs will reach $5 billion by 2010, more than double its current value. Sleeping pills have caused some serious side effects in the past, such as addiction, depression, and suicide, but the newer drugs, some due out in 2004, promise to be non-addictive, safer and more effective than previous versions.
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As for these pills: With strong sleeping pills like AMBIEN, bite tablet in half, taking 5 MGs. Using the FULL TEN MILLEGRAMS, we get lessened circulation. So use only five millegrams. We ordinarily move during sleep. The body re-accomodates the areas that are oxygen deprived due to our position. With Ambien, the full 10 mgs. we sleep like stones ergo we get cricks in our neck, headaches, brain damage. circulation stops. You will be courting brain damage, other parts too, if you fool around with the full TEN MILLIGRAM DOSE of Ambien. Since getting a social worker and doctor, courtesy of the State, I began using this very effective sleep aid. But I stay at half a tablet, biting it in two with front teeth. Dropping back half in plastic jar. If I double dosed, I'd get the crick in neck syndrome. Never had it before. Also GOUT (what you call arthritis) forms. I wake to my painful feet. The same crystals of uric acid that form in the neck crick, way more than usual, gang up on the extremities. A real load forms while you snore away narcotized. The extremities are foot, fingers but the Brain is also an extremity. Hardening of arteries in brain. I notice no dreaming on ambien. So you wanna think out this need for a total knock out with ten, try five. If you crave oblivion so much work on this matter from the other end. Counter the huge anxiety in your life with possible joblessness during a recession. Work on that instead! A SECOND INCOME is required.
Meanwhile, use tisanes. An herbal tea, chamomile, a weak soporific, tastes good. Valerian, has a Ptooey taste but it's natural valium...makes you sleepy right away. Then, you can get down for four or five hours easy. however, that is NOT enough. The 'crucial thing is to go back to sleep at dawn when you wake early. Dawn hits hard due to 'ambrosia hours' (yogis call them, the natural meditation hour. The universe is on morning alert. Birds sing, but it's not the noise, it's a vibe that's ALL JAZZY. You wake to THINK and of course, the anxiety is strongest then. Thinking absolutely interrupts the 8 hr sleep that you MIGHT HAVE HAD. I was able to cope with ambrosia hour wake up call when I learned to do a simple mental two word mantra while doing cool mouth inhales through a slightly rolled tongue, a tech just given me by a yogi. Inhale thru rolled tongue SAT (true) Exhale NAM. (form.) Meaning everything down here is a true manifestation of our cosmic mind, so we gotta get in touch with how we create when we are NOT aware! Fear is a form of creation. Then a second choice, which you can interplay with the first mantra is to inhale WAHE (wow, great) and Exhale GURU. (Wisdom, teacher.) meaning how great is life, it teaches us solutions to every problem. Sleep of course is the big solution to all problems. It leaves you energetic enough to earn that extra money the next day!
There are online suppliers who offer the main three insomnia relievers.
Tryptophane is very valuable for sleep disorders because serotonin is the sleep chemical.If you take it right when you are ready to go to bed, when your serotonin level is on the upswing anyway, you are really fitting in physiologically with your body's chemical rhythms. You don't have to have a prescription for L-tryptophane. True, it was banned several years ago by FDA for contaminated batches coming out of China which killed some people. Since then FDA dropped the ban. Be sure it's pharmecutical grade and buy online.
But my favorite is head lettuce, iceberg lettuce, that round one. One bowl with salad dressing at bedtime and you fall into a deep sleep. Why? It's lightly dosed with opium. Member of the poppy family. The sleep producing alkaloid is in it! See:
Here are just a few of the new sleep aid drugs that are being developed
(data from Business Week):
Indiplon: Manufacturer Neurocrine Biosciences Inc is seeking
approval so the drug can be used nightly for months at a
time (all current sleep drugs are approved for short-term use only)
Estorra: The manufacturer, Sepracor, is seeking approval to label
the drug as safe for use longer than a week
PD-200,390: Manufacturer Pfizer claims the drug can lengthen the
deepest phases of sleep
Other drug companies are seeking to widen their market of current
products, such as Cephalon’s narcolepsy drug Provigil. The
manufacturer just received approval last month to market the drug to
treat a range of sleep disorders, including sleepiness
suffered by night-shift workers, as opposed to only narcolepsy.
The drug companies will surely play their part in popularizing the new
drugs by playing up the risks of insomnia along with the
benefits of their drugs, but what really needs to be addressed is
whether a drug-induced sleep can really provide the same,
complex benefits that natural sleep provides--and I would suspect not.
Methods to Help You Sleep
If you’re suffering from insomnia it may be tempting to look to a pill
for an immediate solution, but in the long-term the effects of
these drugs are likely to be worse than those of the insomnia. Here are
my top 10 suggestions from my Guide to a Good Night’
s Sleep for those of you who are having sleep problems, and you can
check out the guide for 19 more.
My favorite for insomnia is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Most
people can learn this gentle tapping technique in
EFT can help balance your body’s bioenergy system and resolve some
of the emotional stresses that are contributing to
the insomnia at a very deep level. The results are typically long
lasting and the improvement is remarkably rapid.
Avoid before-bed snacks, particularly grains and sugars. This will
raise blood sugar and inhibit sleep. Later, when blood
sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you might wake up and not be
able to fall back asleep.
Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. When light hits
the eyes, it disrupts the circadian rhythm of the pineal
gland and production of melatonin and seratonin. There also should
be as little light in the bathroom as possible if you get
up in the middle of the night.
No TV right before bed. Even better, get the TV out of the bedroom
or even out of the house, completely. It is too
stimulating to the brain and it will take longer to fall asleep.
Also disruptive of pineal gland function for the same reason as
Wear socks to bed. Due to the fact that they have the poorest
circulation, the feet often feel cold before the rest of the
body. A study has shown that this reduces night wakings.
(note: I cream my feet as they feel better and that helps)
Read something spiritual or religious. This will help to relax.
Don't read anything stimulating, such as a mystery or
suspense novel, as this may have the opposite effect. In addition,
if you are really enjoying a suspenseful book, you might
wind up unintentionally reading for hours instead of going to
Avoid using loud alarm clocks. It is very stressful on the body to
be woken suddenly. If you are regularly getting enough
sleep, they should be unnecessary. I gave up my alarm clock five
years ago and use a dawn simulator, which switches
from an alarm to a dimmer switch that gradually turns the light on
to full intensity over 45 minutes. I just love it as it is so
gentle, and if I need more sleep I get it without being startled or
disrupting my adrenals. Almost like a real dawn.
Journaling. If you often lay in bed with your mind racing, it might
be helpful keep a journal and write down your thoughts
before bed. Personally, I have been doing this for 15 years but
prefer to do it in the morning when my brain is functioning
at its peak and my coritsol levels are high. (Author says, that is not me the poster.)
Melatonin and its precursors. If behavioral changes do not work, it
may be possible to improve sleep by supplementing
with the hormone melatonin. However, I would exercise extreme
caution in using it, and only as a last resort, as it is a
powerful hormone. Ideally, it is best to increase levels naturally
with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with
full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and absolute
complete darkness at night. One should get blackout drapes
so no light is coming in from the outside. One can also use one of
melatonin's precursors, L-tryptophan or
5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). L-tryptophan is the safest and my
preference, but must be obtained by prescription only.
However, don't be afraid or intimidated by its prescription status.
It is just a simple amino acid. Hot milk works the same.
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Get to bed as early as possible. Our systems, particularly the
adrenals, do a majority of their recharging or recovering
during the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. In addition, your
gallbladder dumps toxins during this same period. If you are
awake, the toxins back up into the liver, which then secondarily
backs up into your entire system and causes further
disruption of your health. Prior to the widespread use of
electricity, people would go to bed shortly after sundown, as
most animals do, and which nature intended for humans as well.
NOTE: To sleep deeper, take a cal/mag at bedtime. It's amazing
how it sinks you into deep POPPY-like sleep.
FINAL NOTE. PILLOWS AND BEDDING ARE IMPORTANT for deeper sleep. January bedding sales, get yourself a goosedown pillow, a small one, for your head only. No feathers, just down.
If you have done all of the above, get doc to RX generic Ambien, (Zolpidem) a fab sleeping pill. Half a tablet works for me. 5 milligrams . not the full 10 mgm. Snap them in two. TEN is overkill.
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