The Underlying Causes of Insomnia

Dr. Samantha Gray, ND, RAc

The symptom of insomnia reflects either an acute stress or it is due to a deeper imbalance. Natural remedies can help to relieve the suffering of inadequate sleep especially during times of high stress.  Herbs such as passionflower, valerian and scutellaria can truly be a miracle at these times.  If however, insomnia has become a chronic concern, we want to identify and treat the underlying cause of the imbalance.

Some of the underlying causes of insomnia are due to an interruption of the physiological processes that induce sleep.  Stress, emotional turmoil, digestive tract inflammations, reproductive as well as adrenal and thyroid hormone imbalances, chronic pain and blood sugar abnormalities all have the ability to negatively impact sleep-inducing biochemicals.  Treating the underlying cause of insomnia means identifying and addressing these interruptions.

A complete medical history and functional lab testing such as Salivary Hormone Testing, Neurotransmitter Testing or Comprehensive Stool Analysis can help to identify the body organs and systems involved in insomnia and guide individualized treatment by a naturopath.

Sleep is essential to good health.  If sleep is not coming easily, the body is off balance.  Treating the deeper cause supports the the body in its healing wisdom so that it can put itself back on track for a good night sleep.