I can’t sleep!!! Insomnia is productive for one night!
Posted Feb 14 2011 6:00pm
I am currently reading a statistic in Time magazine that states there is a 48% increase in fatal heart attacks in people who get less than 6 hours of sleep at night. Also, the risk of stroke is elevate by 15%. The bigger question is, “why can’t these people fall asleep?” Is it a result of their job or some other factor. So today we are going to discuss insomnia!
Generally there are two kinds. When you can’t fall asleep and when you can’t stay asleep. True insomnia would be more of cannot falling asleep. When someone cannot fall asleep this means a little hormone called cortisol is running around in the body. This little hormone is responsible for raising blood sugar levels. This steroid hormone is released when the body is under stress. So if you have a hard time falling asleep at night it is because your body is currently under stress and cannot fight it off! There is now a nutritional deficiency that needs to be dealt with.
Problem number two is falling asleep only to wake up later and not be able to go back to sleep. This is more of a blood sugar problem. This is when the body does not have adequate stores of glucose to maintain sleep. When the sugar levels drop the body will wake itself in respond to get more “sugar” in the blood. No, this does not mean keep a snickers bar by the side of your bed. This does mean eat more veggies especially at night before you go to bed as well as taking a digestive enzyme to help with assimilation.