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15 Causes of Difficulty Sleeping & Resultant Problems

Posted by Dr. Paul Grussenmeyer on

Here are 15 common reasons for the all too common sleep problems affecting a large part of the United States population. 

1. Airway blockages, an area where a few learned dentists can help with oral appliances and laser collagen therapies, and also our medical colleagues( for severe sleep apnea cases).  Blockages are mechanical: enlarged turbinates in your nose from allergies, swollen tonsils and/or adenoids from chronic infections, deviated septums to a degree, elongated soft palates and uvulas and lateral pharyngeal tissues with inadequate tone, and enlarged tongues.

2. Chronic pain from cervical, back, and shoulder issues. Old injuries, poor posture at work, school, and home.

3. Allergies. Chronic sinus problems, sneezing from dust and pollen in the house and coming through window screens, feathers in comforters (use organic cotton covers instead), dust from overhead fan blades.  Remedies include cleaning areas of dust, and better filtering systems on HVAC systems to removes allergens from your home environment. The histamine released because of allergies is excitatory to the brain's neurons, not good for sleep.

4. Thyroid medications: they act as stimulants so taking them at night can keep you awake.  Instead take them on an empty stomach in the morning when you need an energy boost.  I recommend taking Iodoral (iodine & iodide supplement) for most people to help with the T4 to T3 conversion.  In fact, if you were only to take one supplement, IODORAL is the one! Also, never take a synthetic, only use ARMOUR, or NATURE-THROID.  There is much more on that in my book, The Superlongevity Rx.

5. Problems with methylation in your body imbalances the yin and yang of your stimulating and resting neurotransmitters. It inactivates histamine in your brain. I recommend the methylated forms of supplements where possible.  Have your homocysteine level checked to see if it points to a SNP mutation in your MTFH gene.  When methylation is not performed properly in your body, it may trigger insomnia, as well as seizures, agitation, and panic attacks.

6. Too much quinolinic acid, a neurotoxin made in the brain.  Excess can result from taking too much L-tryptophan and not metabolizing it into serotonin and melatonin.  Besides causing insomnia, too much QUIN can lead to psychiatric disorders (such as suicidal thoughts and depression) and other neurodegenerative processes.  Drinking green tea (better to use white tea, the younger green tea with more antioxidants and less fluoride) helps decrease the quinolinic acid levels.

7. Fluoride, the enzyme killer, accumulates in the pineal gland and causes harm to melatonin production.  Fluoride is ubiquitous in our environment and society.  Dentists promote its benefits.  More fake news!!! The only time fluoride works to your benefit is when applied topically in a dental office. Fluoridated city water is pure poison.  It does nothing to protect your teeth and destroys your health at the same time. Supplement with melatonin if you have been affected.  Usually 1 to 2 mg will do.  But, you don't want too much. Excess melatonin will block your morning output of cortisol. Cut out all sources of fluoride.  If you are unfortunate enough to live in a fluoridated community (i.e. non-consented mass medication with a poison), consider using distilled water with a little himalayan sea salt added to protect yourself.  That's what I do when visiting areas with fluoridated water.

8. Prescription Drugs & Supplements: other medications such as Fluoroquinolones (yes, here again, fluoride is the enzyme killer, hopefully for just the pathogens, but there is always collateral damage), Decongestants, Antidepressants, Steroids, Albuterol, etc. also keep you from sleeping well.  If you must medicate with a sleep interrupter medication, try taking it early in the day.  Same goes for supplements like B6 and B12, take early in the day, not at night.

9. Stress before bed: altercations within families, emotional stress from movies and books. So make up before bed and do light fare movies and readings prior to sleep.

10. Late Eating and Inconsistent Eating Habits Prior to Sleep: get on a good schedule and stick to it.

11. Peppermint:a brain stimulant, be careful of using it in toothpastes and mouth rinses prior to bed.

12. Nicotine: a depressant and stimulant. A no-brainer here.. just don't do it!

13. Being too warm or too cold when trying to get to sleep and stay asleep.

14. Sources of Light in the Bedroom:this includes charging your electronics nearby.  It prevents your pineal gland from making melatonin.

15. Citrus Scents: boost energy levels and mental stimulation, great during the day, but not a good idea a night.

I was going to put a #16 as having kids, but figured, don't go there.  Those with children understand that one.

*** Always remember, most physicians will stupidly try to drug you with benzodiazepine, or drugs like Ambien.  Don't go there.  They are highly addictive! ***