Being unable to sleep is incredibly frustrating, but worse than that – poor sleep will prevent your body from carrying out many functions that are essential for good health.

You cannot heal if you are not sleeping well!

25% of people will struggle with sleep at some point and 10% of adults have long term problems with insomnia.

Some people wake in the middle of the night and then sleep again with no problem – its normal for them. If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep though, or feel unrefreshed on waking – then it’s a sure sign your body has not had the rest it needed to carry out all its repair and detox functions. Secondary effects such as fatigue, poor concentration and irritability are common.

Obvious causes of insomnia might be prostate or bladder problems, hormonal changes or various conditions that cause pain. There may also be underlying psychological causes such as anxiety or depression.

Toxic influences like too much caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, or side-effects from medication (anti-depressants and thyroxine often cause insomnia) play a part and need to be considered. Then you could be disturbed by your partner or children, or by snoring – either you or them! In the case of snoring, sleep apnea should be ruled out by your GP, (sleep apnea is where respiratory function is low during sleep, causing periods when you stop breathing and either snore loudly or wake up).

If there is no obvious cause, then the Chinese Body Clock can be a useful way of telling what is going on. It works on the basis that energy moves through the body systems at different times in the day. If there is a blockage in a body system, then it could wake you.

Depending on the type of sleep problem you have, there are lots of natural supports to try. Drinking chamomile tea, writing down any thoughts on paper and taking an epsom salts bath are in our top 10 things to try before bed. We also have really effective Homeopathic medicines, Herbs and nutrients that we can recommend, as well as relaxation techniques and other practical ideas all in the sleep module of our recovery programme.

More ideas are in module two of the recovery programme including lots of practical suggestions and recommendations to improve your sleep –

NTA Health 2018