For over 6 years I absolutely could not fall asleep in less than two hours. I envied all of those who could close their eyes and be out like a light. I don’t care if they snored, slept with their mouth open or drooled, anything could have been better than having a racing mind, tossing and turning, and hopefully waiting for the joy of drifting off to sleep.
Much like most of you, I had tried everything in the book. Lets see… black out shades, drinking warm milk, chamomile tea, ocean sounds, lavender oil, working out, meditation and ambien. But seriously, all these things left me more frustrated, and ambien left me, well, lets just say, a bit wild and crazy… not to mention the crazy nightmares. So I decided to stop looking for a solution, and focused on the cause.
Insomnia Treatment with Herbs and Food
Use the following guide to determine the root cause of your insomnia, and how to address it using holistic methods
1) I Just Cannot Fall Asleep
When you cannot fall asleep, often due to a racing mind, it is most often directly related to the gallbladder. In Chinese Medicine, the gallbladder meridian is linked to the deep sleep point, therefore directly connecting the two. If the gallbladder is not functioning properly, it’s a good bet you have trouble falling asleep. This was my problem, due to years on birth control pills, and I would say, the most common problem I have seen.
What to Do?
I suggest taking 1-2 tsp of Gallbladder ND at bedtime, an excellent liquid formula containing powerful nutrients such as gold coin and turmeric. You will typically see results within 1 week of use.
I would also suggest eliminating any foods that aggravate the gallbladder such as fried and fatty foods, such as mayonnaise, french fries, tempura etc. You also might want to try a liver/gallbladder cleanse as well for more permanent results.
What if I Feel Amped Up at Night?
If you are a person that tends to run on high anxious energy or are utilizing medication such as Adderall or Ritalin, I would also suggest pairing the Gallbladder ND with Tranquinol, about 2-4 at night. Tranquinol is a supplement that utilizes the nutrients such as valerian, theanine, and magnesium to calm to nervous system so that you can fall into a deep restful sleep. The best part is that this supplement does not leave you drowsy or groggy in the morning.
What if I Travel Often and go to Bed at Various Times?
If you do not seem to be able to get to bed at a routine time every night and/or travel often, you might have messed up your normal circadian rhythm. This is the normal rhythm that your body uses to regulate bodily functions. In turn, your body does not send the signal to release melatonin, the sleep hormone, at the right time or in adequate amounts, to get you to fall asleep. In this case, I would try using my favorite natural source liquid supplement, Melatonin ND. 1-2 drops at night for a male, and 2-4 drops for a female. But remember, this is a hormone, so cycle off it every 4th week for 7 days. I suggest that you also check out the article on circadian rhythms and how they affect your health in Body Earth Rhythm.
* Note: If you sleep with many electronics in your bedroom, such as a computer, TV, iPad, clock etc. you are exposing yourself to Electromagnetic Frequencies that interrupt your normal sleeping patterns. Definitely move those electronics out of the room, and try using the Melatonin to get back into a normal rhythm.
2) I Keep Waking Up in the Middle of the Night, Help!
The body follows a circadian rhythm that creates a particular sleep cycle. This sleep cycle is used to repair the body, making sleep a vital part of the healing and rejuvenative process. At various hours of the night, the body is repairing different organs and glands, so if you are having trouble sleeping through the night, the time you wake up gives us a clue of what organ/gland is in stress. Refer to the following below to find out which organ/glands you need to support so you can finally sleep through the night.
11 pm- 1 am: Digestive Organs including Gallbladder
If you are waking up between 11 pm and 1 am, it’s a good bet that you are overeating at dinner and/or have digestive stress. My favorite ways to remedy this is to eat a light meal at night, that does not contain meat, and make sure not to eat within 3 hours of bedtime. I also suggest taking some digestive enzymes and some hydrochloric acid to make sure that you properly digest your food. In addition, you will want to address the gallbladder with Gallbladder ND.
1 am- 3 am: Parasitic Stress (liver and small intestine)
Unfortunately if you are consistently waking up between 1 am and 3 am, there is a good chance that you are dealing with a parasite. These hours of the night are their feeding time, which aggravates the body, causing you to wake up. If this is the case, and you have had other signs of parasitic infection (digestive issues, allergies, rashes etc.), I would suggest contacting a practitioner to be put on a protocol. I do not find the medications to be effective, but there are great alternatives such as Paratosin and Parastat.
3 am- 5 am: Urinary Bladder and Lung
This is a big one. So many people have problems with waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Believe me, I have been there. This is a big pain and often is the cause of a poor nights sleep. My favorite combination for this is bladder support with UriVen, UltraPollen (a blend of pollens, rich in bioflavonoids to support tissue) and Hyssop, an ancient herb that is a powerful anti-infective. Finally, if you are dealing with issues of the lung, I love using a natural source of vitamin C like Camu Camu.
I hope this helps you to decode your sleep problems! Nighty Nite!