It could be that what you are eating, or rather the foods you are sensitive is causing you problems with sleeping. More than 50 percent of American adults experience insomnia at least a few nights a week. Sleep deprivation causes reliance on artificial stimulants to sustain them through the day. Not everyone needs 8-9 hours of sleep. Generally if you’re able to wake up on time without an alarm clock, you’re getting enough rest. If even an alarm clock can’t rouse you, you probably aren’t sleeping as much as you should. I have found poor digestion, food, environmental, hormonal and neurotransmitters sensitivities as well as impaired liver detoxification to be the cause of insomnia. Over the years I have seen the following food sensitivities to be the underlying root of insomnia: corn, wheat, dairy, caffeinated products and sugars.
New research on sleeping pills :
Taking sleeping pills has been now reported to be affecting your life span. Research involving data from more than 10,500 people who received drugs for poor sleep (hypnotics) showed that “as predicted, patients prescribed any hypnotic had substantially elevated hazards of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics” and the association held true even when patients with poor health were taken into account — and even if the patients took fewer than 18 pills in a year.”
The study has suggested that those who regularly take sleep medications are risking their health and may be prone to certain cancers.
“Receiving hypnotic prescriptions was associated with greater than threefold increased hazards of death even when prescribed <18 pills/year. This association held in separate analyses for several commonly used hypnotics and for newer shorter-acting drugs. Control of selective prescription of hypnotics for patients in poor health did not explain the observed excess mortality.”
Also reported, was that the National Institutes of Health found that sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata reduced the average time to go to sleep by just under 13 minutes compared with those who took placebos, and only increased total sleep time by just over 11 minutes .
It was also reported that one study revealed one-third of people who took sleeping pills never had had sleep problems and the greatest predictor of whether a doctor would prescribe sleeping pills for a patient was how well he or she knew them!
“Giving sleeping pills is often a gift-giving behavior which is part of the “bedside manner.” When a distinguished group of physicians from our national Institute of Medicine were asked which times they would give a patient a sleeping pill, they said it was when they knew the patient well. The decision had to do with the doctor-patient relationship, not with any particular complaint or medical diagnosis.
In a study, about 1/3 of people who said that they took sleeping pills “often” said that they never had insomnia. Before doctors were required to write in a diagnosis justifying every prescription, only a small percentage of patients given sleeping pill prescriptions received any diagnosis related to sleep disorders. Even if we include all diagnoses related to emotional problems and nervousness, most patients given sleeping pills are not given any diagnosis suggesting a genuine medical reason for the prescription.”
BioSET has had some successful results with those with sleeping disorders. And more often than not, it is not a disorder, it is related to bodily stressors that can be resolved.
Susan, came to see me at the BioSET center a year ago, referred by another doctor, for insomnia. She would regularly take Lunesta and marijuana to help her sleep. She was not happy with the dependence on these two substances. She was looking for other answers. It wasn’t that she was deficient in these substances; she felt this sleep disorder was a result of something else, that nobody yet had discovered. Over the course of a couple of months, we found Susan was sensitive to many foods, chemicals and most especially mold. And her body was just not adequately detoxifying appropriately. After some investigation and testing, we found her house to be extremely moldy, and perhaps her sleep issues were a result of this. With BioSET therapy, we were able to desensitize her to the mold, as well as offer some suggestions for ridding it in her house, support detoxification with enzyme based detoxification formulas as well as homeopathy, and enhance her immune system with digestive and systemic enzymes, and other dietary recommendations. Her food sensitivities, as well as hormonal sensitivities were also addressed. It was a process. But Susan now sleeps most nights without any medication or marijuana use.
And of course children may also have sleep problems. We have found it to be related to a sensitivity to calcium and magnesium and/or dairy products . Often just working with clearing these sensitivities can alleviate the problem.
Taking a digestive enzyme before meals may for many, stabilize sleep patterns and improve sleep quality. Rid those food sensitivities and also eating less food will help with better sleeping patterns.
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