Insomnia | Vitality and Wellness Centre

What is Insomnia

People who suffer from Insomnia typically are unable to fall asleep within the first 10-15 minutes of going to bed or wake during the night and are unable to go back to sleep. This unwanted ability of staying awake can result in significant distress with physical, mental, emotional and financial consequences.

What causes Insomnia 

For some sufferers there is one underlying cause, but for others there can be a multitude of contributing factors. Anxiety, stress, depression, food allergies, excess caffeine, excess alcohol, poor diet, recreational and medical drugs and low Gaba levels are some of the most common causes of insomnia. 

How to cure Sleep Insomnia 

The neurotransmitters Melatonin, GABA and Serotonin play important roles in helping the body drift off and stay asleep. While melatonin doesn't work for everyone, it may be an effective insomnia treatment for you. 

Melatonin is a hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle and is produced from our happy brain chemical serotonin. [read more]

Gaba is the body's main relaxing and tranquillising neurotransmitter and is responsible for the production of Alpha brainwaves, falling and maintaining sleep. Is you suffer from low gaba levels this could be contributing to your sleep insomnia. [read more]

Some other tips to help cure sleep insomnia are:

1. Avoid viewing electrical appliances (mobile phones, laptops) before going to bed. The electromagnetic field can interfere with the brain waves needed to initiate sleep.

2. Try stress reducing strategies. eg: Yoga, deep breathing music, relaxing music 

3. Exercise daily. 

4. Reduce sugar, caffeine and alcohol

5. Create a routine and set a bed time so your body gets use to falling asleep at a set time. 

6. Supplements to help increase deficiencies which can contribute to sleep insomnia. 

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