• Jennette Werle, CIHC, DH

Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep: Is this your problem?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Five of the most common root causes of sleep deprivation are listed below:

· Thyroid malfunction is at the top of this list. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulates many functions such as body temperature, heart rate and metabolism. A malfunction presents itself via hypo and/or hyperthyroid function of the thyroid gland. The most presenting abnormality is the active T3 hormone known as Triiodothyronine, which may not be made in adequate amounts to be used directly and converted to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical and neurotransmitter that aids in sleeping, mood, digestion, memory and so much more. 1.

· Sleep is interrupted by impaired methylation pathways such as in gene mutations. The MTHFR gene mutation (C677T, A1298C mutation) is the impaired ability to process B vitamins like B9, B12, and B6 that aid in the conversions of amino acids into neurotransmitters like serotonin. This impairment is associated with decreased enzyme activity (approximately 30% of normal activity) which can lead to sleepless nights.

· Infections: whether hidden or physically obvious, can disrupt the transmission of hormones or neurotransmitters as in the case of an autoimmune disorder. Blocked neurotransmitters from hidden dental infections or a gut infection from parasites crossing the intestinal barrier. Some infections are not just blocking hormones, neurotransmitters causing insomnia, but can take nutrients from the food we eat.

· Nutritional deficiencies that arise by our life style or because of disease like the one's listed above in 3. Nutritional deficiencies will definitely block proper hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis leaving you unable to sleep. Example a B 6 deficiency or borderline B6 along with amino acids deficiencies will block synthesis of Serotonin & Dopamine. Increase nutritional absorption with digestive enzymes such as HCL and Activator from PRL. I use these enzymes daily for digestion with every meal or as systemic enzyme to clean up and remove toxins.

An increase in body temperature during the night may cause a spike in cortisol that will wake you up.

There are many more causes of sleep disturbances and this is just a short list to start diving into the root cause of your sleepless nights. I urge you to work with a healthcare professional that will give you the time to focus into the root cause of your sleep problems. During deep sleep, the body regenerates itself; without it your health will decline. Consider your life style and decreasing your stress levels as this will activate defective genes to malfunction like in MTHFR gene mutations. Remember that is possible to put anything in remission, regain your health and happiness. Just decide to tackle one step at a time in your healing journey.

I welcome questions and request for information. If you know someone is suffering with any of the above conditions and sleepless nights, please share this information with them.

Aids for sleepless nights:

  1. When was the last time you had a physical exam and blood test? Just like a car the body changes and needs maintenance. Visit your doctor annually.

  2. Make sure you are eating nutritious foods and avoid caffeine during the last 6 hours of the day.

  3. Cool dark bedroom helps. Take a cold shower before bed.

  4. Sleep in a dark room. You don't have to spend lots of money on custom block out curtains buy dark fabric and drape it over the curtain rod at night or buy eye block out covers.

  5. Chili pad in bed will keep your bed nice and cool. This solution is a bit costly.

  6. If you wake up during the night and are unable to fall sleep again, try liquid sublingual melatonin 3 or 5 mg. under the tongue. This usually works, but is not intended to be used long term.

There are many other solutions, but is based on your blood work results as we are not all the same.

The information provided in this blog is for educational purpose and not intended to diagnose via an article. Please work with your doctor or qualified healthcare provider.

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