Insomnia: Common Symptoms

You may have insomnia if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Trouble falling asleep, including tossing, turning, and hoping to fall sleep for an hour or more
  • Waking up during the night and having difficulty returning to sleep
  • Awakening too early in the morning
  • Feeling unrefreshed from the amount of sleep that was experienced
  • Daytime anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and loss of productivity

Diagnosis
It’s important to note that many chronic conditions cause insomnia.  (This is known as secondary insomnia).  It’s essential to rule out any conditions which may be causing insomnia and resolve these conditions first, in order to relieve the accompanying insomnia.

The following tests and procedures may help you find out what is causing your insomnia:

  • Circadian Rhythm Self-assessment – Helps determine if a disruption of the body’s natural cycles is the cause of insomnia, either directly or by triggering depression associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder or Circadian Rhythm Disorder.10
  • Online Self-assessments – Self-assessments, such as the Candidiasis Self-assessment and the Magnesium Assessment, can help you determine some of the root cause(s) of your chronic conditions.  Learn more about Self-assessments.
  • Blood tests – Help rule out chronic conditions that may be causing secondary insomnia.
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis – An analysis of the stool is recommended to rule out underlying gastrointestinal conditions that may be causing secondary insomnia.
  • Medication review – Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can review your medications for their role in sleep disorders.
  • Polysonmography – An overnight polysomnography study can be conducted by your healthcare professional if there is suspicion that sleep disruptions are in response to breathing problems such as Sleep Apnea.
  • Diet review – A diet review may be helpful to rule out any foods and/or dietary habits that may be causing insomnia such as heavy consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugar (that rapidly spike blood sugar levels and can disrupt sleep), and caffeine (found in soft drinks, teas, chocolate, and coffee, that may disrupt sleep).

Additional Information about Insomnia

  1. Insomnia Overview
  2. Common causes of insomnia
  3. Help me choose a natural and alternative treatment for insomnia
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of insomnia
  5. Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of insomnia
  6. Additional reading for insomnia

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