“Doctor, I am doing terrible! All my fatigue and body pain are back!” The patient was so depressed. I looked at my previous notes when I saw her about three months before. During that visit, we did not have to change much of her regime because she was doing great. So what happened? The patient reiterated how she had moved into a new home and with all of the moving her back was killing her. Ah…back pain leading to sleeplessness. She received Prolotherapy to her back and whalla!... great sleep!
Sleeplessness has a cause. Find the cause and the insomnia goes away. Insomnia is a common cause of chronic fatigue, body pain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, and poor athletic performance.
Why did you get insomnia?
When did it start? What was going on when the insomnia stared. It started with being married. Was this due to the fact that your spouse likes the room warmer than you? If so, the simple solution might be as simple as putting a fan on your side of the bed, so it is the temperature that you like. It started with a new job. Figure out why this is causing sleeplessness. Talk about it. Figure out what bothers you about your job. When this is accomplished, the insomnia goes away. Did it start after a surgery? Then perhaps some neural therapy might be needed in the scar area to help you.
Pain and insomnia
We find that most people’s insomnia is due to pain. Get rid of the pain, get the sleep going! The best treatment we have found to relieve pain is Prolotherapy. If you have pain keeping you awake, then Prolotherapy could be the key to a good night’s sleep.
Cortisol and Stress and insomnia
The stress hormone in your body that controls when you wake up and when you go to sleep is called Cortisol. Blood Cortisol levels are supposed to be high in the morning and low in the evening. The high levels in the morning help you wake up and the low levels in the evening help you feel tired in preparation for sleep. A patient recently came to us for insomnia.
He told me if someone could help him get a good night’s sleep, his life would be wonderful.
Upon testing his Cortisol levels, we found that his levels were exactly opposite of what they should be.
We did a Timmin’s Hormone Profile (Adrenal Stress Test) and found out that his Cortisol levels were too high in the evening. As it turned out, he ate almost all of his food at night. Eating late at night, for some people, can cause them to stay awake. We instructed him to balance out his eating times and that amazingly reversed the Cortisol problem. Guess what? His sleep patterns also improved. He was finally able to get a good night’s sleep!
Interestingly enough, not eating may actually cause the same problem. If you eat no food at night because you aren’t hungry or you are working late, then the body makes Cortisol to keep your blood sugar up. The high Cortisol could keep you up at night.
Urinating During the Night
Many people don’t sleep because they are urinating throughout the night. This could be because of too much coffee or fluid consumption at night. So stop it! Excessive thirst or urination can, though, be a significant problem called Diabetes Insipidus.
Diabetes Insipidus is caused by a deficiency in the hormone Vasopressin or Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH). This is one of the main hormones that helps the body retain the water it needs. If a person doesn’t make enough ADH, then they may become chronically dehydrated. Diabetes Insipidus can cause dehydration, joint pain, vertebral disc dehydration, cartilage problems, dizziness, and fatigue. It is documented by urine and blood tests.
Another patient came to us with a myriad of complaints, including fatigue, dizziness, body pains, and poor concentration. She thought she might be a candidate for Prolotherapy. Upon further questioning, she revealed that she was getting terrible sleep. She felt like she needed to drink a gallon of water every day. She would have to get up multiple times in the night to go to the bathroom. Blood and urine tests confirmed Diabetes Insipidus. She was placed on Antidiuretic Hormone. Her dose was carefully increased to the point where she could sleep through the night without having to get up to use the bathroom.
Health is a precious gift. But this type of gift takes some work to maintain. What are you doing to preserve this gift?