Mind-Body Disorders: Insomnia
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Are you struggling with insomnia? A mind-body approach can help!
One of the symptoms I mentioned in my healing testimony is insomnia. Like many of the symptoms I dealt, with it started gradually, and then progressed to the point that I felt completely sleep deprived during the day. I couldn't wait to go to bed at night, but I also feared going to bed because I would usually wake up throughout the night, unable to fall asleep for an hour or more. In addition, I dealt with frequent urination, which is another mind-body disorder.
I had urine tests, saliva tests, and blood tests to check for neurotransmitter imbalances, cortisol levels, hormone levels, and more. Throughout the years I tried various herbs for sleep, 5-HTP, l-theanine, tryptophan, Benadryl, CBD oil, melatonin, and sleep medication. Some of them actually kept me awake, others worked for a while and then stopped working, or they worked but made me feel groggy the next day. As with all mind-body disorders, the fear of not being able to sleep, intensified the sleep problems.
What I eventually learned is that sleep issues are a result of living in fight-or flight and/or having anxiety. It wasn't until I addressed the underlying issues that I was able to sleep through the night, and I still do most nights. Calming my nervous system with various mind-body tools, learning and understanding why I had sleep issues, overcoming anxiety, and practicing outcome independence is what eventually resolved the sleep issues.
If you are struggling with insomnia, and you have not been diagnosed with a true medical condition as the cause, it's most likely due to mind-body syndrome. (There are also certain medications that can cause insomnia, such as antidepressants, some blood pressure medications, nicotine replacement products, and others.) You can read more about mind-body syndrome, and get a free self-assessment, here.
Below is a link to an article on Psychology Today explaining how insomnia develops.
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