Every insomnia patient is unique in his or her misery. Don’t get me wrong: each one is curable and my success rate in treating sleep disorders is strong. That having been said, insomnia is rarely as easy to treat as, say, a strained back or shoulder, or even gastric reflux. You see, the main culprit with insomnia is often that most curious of organs, the human brain. After you’ve been abusing your body a while — whether it’s with overwork or by being too festive — your body says, Enough! It sends your brain a message that something’s got to change. Of course, you won’t listen until your butt has been thoroughly kicked. Losing sleep is a pretty strong signal, and one you’ll eventually have to pay attention to.
So after a good amount of delaying, and rationalizing, you finally say, Okay. That’s when you have to choose: take a pill or heal the underlying issue. So you’re desperate and exhausted and the person with the white lab coat, whom you basically trust, whips out that red-hot prescription pad and pushes a prescription across the desk at you. Chances are, you’re going to be sorely tempted to pick up that prescription and go get some relief.
Unfortunately, that standard medical solution is shortsighted. Medication cures nothing. What’s worse, after taking benzodiazepenes or Ambien for twenty-one days, you are officially addicted. That’s right. If you’ve been taking sleep medication, and your doctor didn’t warn you that by day twenty-two you would be hooked, shame on your doctor.
After over twenty years of treating sleep issues using only natural methods, I’ve mapped out seven barriers to sleep. The not so Magnificent Seven are: Pain, Anxiety, Digestive Issues, Depression, Drug interactions, Stress or Self-realization issues. These seven issues, whether alone or in tandem, make up 95% of all insomnia. I first uncover the main underlying issue and then I treat that as the key to unlock sleep. The tools I use include acupuncture and safe Chinese herbs, hypnosis (wherein I teach the patient how to lower anxiety and stress), and hormonal balancing. The last piece essentially helps reboot an adrenal system decimated by stress, anxiety and the ensuing insomnia.
In upcoming blogs I’ll address each of the seven barriers to sleep and offer simple solutions that anyone can use to help themselves sleep through the night.
Peach and out.