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The Overlooked Mistakes That Trigger Your Insomnia

“I haven’t had a restful sleep in months. I feel like I’m going crazy!”

“I just want to shut my eyes for a few moments….”

“I’ve tried sleeping pills, but they don’t work on me anymore, and the side effects are too hard to bear…I need a solution.”

“I keep tossing and turning all night long. It’s so frustrating to see that everyone is asleep and I can’t get some shut-eye…”

Recently, I’ve received a lot of cries for help from you guys, regarding insomnia.

And you’ve all said that this debilitating disease is preventing you from moving on with your life.

I couldn’t agree more.

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Insomnia takes your life by storm… and it can turn your health upside down.

I know that right now you might be struggling with being overweight.

Your mood is mostly under the weather and you’re constantly anxious and feel like someone is about to rip the heart out of your chest.

You’re always on the edge and it seems that day by day, your memory keeps failing you… it becomes harder and harder to focus on anything for more than a few minutes.

No matter how many pills you take, you’re constantly getting sick…

And unfortunately, all of this leaves you exposed to all sorts of chronic diseases.

But you’re not alone, according to the National Sleep Foundation, in America:

  • 30-40% of adults have insomnia symptoms.
  • 10-15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia.

This debilitating sleep disorder can be triggered by many factors and it’s best to take all of them into account.

In most cases, insomnia is a clear indicator of a much more serious disease.

You are most likely to suffer from a sleep disorder if you have:

  • Disruptions in your body clock caused by:
    • Jet lag
    • Job shift changes
    • High altitudes
    • Environmental noise
    • Extreme heat or cold
  • Medical conditions such as:
    • Chronic pain
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Angina
    • Acid-reflux disease (GERD)
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Asthma
    • Sleep apnea
    • Parkinson’s
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Arthritis
    • Brain lesions
    • Tumors
    • Stroke
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Take the following medications:
    • Corticosteroids
    • Statins
    • Alpha blockers
    • Beta blockers
    • SSRI antidepressants
    • ACE inhibitors
    • ARBs (angiotensin II-receptor blockers)
    • Cholinesterase inhibitors
    • Second generation (non-sedating) H1 agonists
    • Glucosamine/chondroitin
  • Other factors like:
    • Sleeping next to a snoring partner
    • Parasites
    • Genetic conditions
    • Overactive mind
    • Pregnancy

Therefore, if you have any underlying conditions that might cause insomnia, I warmly advice you to:

  1. Treat the underlying condition.
  2. Discuss with your doctor for an alternative medication if that’s what’s causing the sleep disorder.
  3. “Clean” your before bedtime habits.

98% of my patients improved their sleep after only seven days of using my tips.

You might not realize how much harm you are doing to your body right before bed.

I bet that after a hard day, all you want to do is unwind in front of the TV or read on your tablet.

But, do you know how devastating that is to your sleep cycle?

The blue light emitted by these devices disrupt your body’s internal clock.

So, I am warmly advising you to avoid the following:

  • Bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime.
  • Reading with backlit devices.

I know how harmless these actions seem right now, but light plays a major role in the production of melatonin.

This hormone is produced by your pituitary gland and is responsible for the way you sleep.

By exposing yourself to blue light, you give your brain a signal that will stop the production of melatonin.

Therefore, to make sure that doesn’t happen again, you can incorporate the following healthy sleeping habits:

  • If you still want to watch something, make sure it’s relaxing and not stimulating.
  • Use devices with small screens and turn the brightness down, or use a light-altering software like f.lux (it’s free).
  • Listen to soft music or audio books.
  • Make sure the room is dark and cover any electronics that emit light.
  • If you get up during the night, install a dim nightlight in the hall or bathroom or using a small flashlight so that you’ll fall back to sleep easier.

Sometimes the solution doesn’t have to be extremely complicated.

Most of the times, our habits dictate our problems.

Do you think your sleep disorder might be caused by one of the factors outlined by me earlier?

I am eager to read your replies and please tell me if your sleep has improved by using this trick.

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