Root-cause-analysis of insomnia

Root-cause for insomnia in conjunction with Hashimoto's disease


As always, first things first, I am not a doctor this is not medical advice.

This is my personal and professional experience mixed with hundreds of hours of self-study, trial and error.

If you are reading this article,you are probably looking for alternatives to Xanax and Prozac, in order to fix your insomnia. You might be disillusioned by the help that some doctors have offered so far. You paid for all kinds of test, yet the answer is still to be found. No one seems to be able to put the puzzle pieces together.

Now let's increase that difficulty level and add Thyroid issues and auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto's to the mix. I have been there. Sitting at the doctor's office crying for help, while all he had to offer was a prescription for sleeping pills. That would sort me out, he said.

If I would have followed his advice, I would be a drug addict by now. Instead I followed my instincts. Fast forward a couple of years and I sleep deep and sound. Barely anything can wake me and I fall asleep within minutes. I never thought that would be possible.

My list of symptoms was long and you might relate to some:

-insomnia -night sweats -sugar and salt cravings -weight gain -no weight-loss despite meal plan and work out -moodiness -low libido -brain fog


… and those are just the highlights, really.


Those are non-specific symptoms that could mean anything and nothing.

A diagnosis very much depends on the context of your individual health history.

Each person is different, therefore some of these tips may be of help, others may not. There is no one-size fits all package for insomnia.


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Now, let's see what it takes to cook up the perfect storm for insomnia:

Insomnia is a word for many conditions such as:

-not being able to fall asleep

-not being able to stay asleep or sleep through the night

-disturbed sleep

-waking through the night

-not being able to get back into sleep

Additionally, people suffer from weird dreams, nightmares and restless sleep. While being half awake our thoughts are racing. Irrational thoughts and negative imaginations fueling into anxiety, panic and depression. Observing the clock as the hours ticking by is not exactly helping to relax. How many sheep does one need to count anyways?!

Sleep is where the magic functions of our body happen such as:


-housekeeping functions of the body such as natural detoxing

-repair of cells and tissue

-reset, restore and rejuvenate

-processing of thoughts and feelings

-physical and mental healing

Sleep is of utmost importance in our circadian rhythm, which has been programmed and adjusted since thousands of years. It is our body clock, which works for and with us. But never works against us.

Sadly, modern lifestyle requires to overwrite our natural circadian rhythm. Insomnia is just one of many symptoms.

Consequences of little to no little sleep:


-moodswings

-lower immune system

-slower healing response

-poor memory

-low energy, exhaustion

-anxiety, nervousness

-depression -cravings

-long term consequences due to chronic sleep deprivation -feeling tired but wired

…just to name a few.


For the ones with Thyroiditis and other chronic illnesses, even though they slept up to 10 hours, they still feel tired in the morning. Waking up and feeling rested just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

For some not even a coffee is going to be enough to wake the desire to get out of bed.


But what is wrong, you might be wondering.

Your cortisol levels, they are off.

They are the regulators of your circadian rhythm, the body clock. Supposed to be high in the morning to get you out of bed and low at night in order to allow you to fall asleep.

Cortisol can be tested if you feel the need, for example with a saliva test. But if you suffer any form of insomnia combined with stress or an auto-immune disease it is pretty safe to assume you have some issues with disrupted cortisol l