INSOMNIA

Insomnia is the medical term used to refer to difficulty in initiating sleep or staying asleep. It is habitual sleeplessness that could result from various causes. Insomnia is perhaps the most common sleep disorder worldwide, whose impact on the body can be physical, mental  and psychological. The scenario is fairly typical: You get into bed, close your eyes, but sleep eludes you. Sometimes you fall asleep but suddenly wake up, startled. You look at the clock and groan to see it is only 1am; then come the tossing and turning and the racing thoughts: but no sleep. In frustration, you get up and roam the house. On the good nights you make chamomile tea and wait for morning to come. On the bad nights you hit the fridge for a good binge on comfort foods. On the really bad nights, you hit the wine collection you have been saving for special occasions. You finally get back into bed and fall asleep at about 4 or 5am, only to wake up 2 hours later with a pounding headache, fatigue, low energy, and a sour mood; plus a few extra pounds in body weight.Insomnia is a common problem caused by various factors in both sexes. These factors include stress, medical illnesses, certain medications, depression, wrong eating habits and eating foods one is intolerant to. However, insomnia is particularly rampant among post-menopausal women. A reduction in the progesterone hormone in menopausal women is responsible for the sleeplessness many experience, and some women opt for hormone replacement therapy to combat the problem.Furthermore, several studies have now concluded that over-exposure to the light from television sets and smart phones, especially at night, often contributes to difficulty experienced in falling sleep among sufferers of insomnia. At Mart-Life Detox Clinic, insomnia is one of the many cases seen. Approach to management usually begins by identifying the unique cause of insomnia in each individual before tailoring a Mayr programme at resolving the identified problem. Management often includes dietary and lifestyle evaluation and modification, bioenergetic testing and supplementation of deficient hormones by using bio-identical products. The advantage of this approach is to provide a permanent solution to insomnia while totally avoiding dependence on pharmaceuticals (so-called sleep tablets) which may have negative side-effects.

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