Insomnia is a sleep disorder where the sufferer’s sleeping pattern has changed dramatically and now they find it difficult to sustain a regular good sleep pattern. Insomniacs typically have one or more of the following sleep patterns:
There are many reasons why one or more of the above sleep patterns occur. It may be because:
Your body-clock is out of sync
There are many times in our lives that we may unwittingly alter our natural body-clock, with negative consequences like: insomnia and day time fatigue. The body-clock may have been disrupted by long-distance travelling, emotional trauma or abnormal work-shifts.
Your state of consciousness remains to close too the threshold of wakefulness
During the course of a normal sleep pattern, we drift in and out of a ‘deep’ sleep, which is also known as REM sleep. When we move towards a ‘light sleep’, we do not usually wake up because we are still below the ‘threshold of wakefulness’. However, if that threshold overlaps the light sleep times, then you will wake up at each point during the night, when you are in the ‘light sleep’ mode. These waking times are often at the same times during each night. The reticular activating system which derives from brainstem activity, is thought to play a major part in the positioning of the ‘threshold of wakefulness’.
In the graph above and below, a continuous white line denotes the ‘threshold of wakefulness’. In the above example, the graph displays a sleeper who wakes at various times throughout the night and falls back into a deep sleep, shortly before their normal waking time. This due to the ‘threshold of wakefulness’ over-lapping the times of light sleep.
If their ‘threshold of wakefulness’ moves away from the light sleep times, then the sleeper would have a good night’s sleep. In the above graph, the sleeper wakes at 3.30am but quickly falls back to sleep again.
Your meridians are out of balance
Each meridian has an associated time of day. For example, the Liver meridian is active during 1 - 3.00am. If the Liver meridian is over or under-active, then this could cause you to become awake, due to metabolic reactions to over or under active liver function.
You adopt poor bed-time habits
You may have one or more of the above, but in a modest way. These may not always result in you having a poor sleep pattern, but combine this with poor bed-time habits like:
You have ‘restless legs’
When you have a sudden urge to move your legs or feet and these urges tend to be worse upon rest and in particular, in bed at night, then you have a strange phenomena called, restless legs. It is thought that the legs jerk in response to an over-active region of the brain that represents the legs. With decreased activity of the body and decreased oxygen to the brain, then symptoms tend to come to the fore.
As you can see from the above, there are many reasons that need to be addressed, in order to help you with your specific needs. There may be other causes that are out of our scope of learning, which may remain unaffected. We will test and treat:
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