Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for insomnia?

Insomnia is what we call it when you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. This can be a big problem because you are not able to rest and recover from the day. Let’s look at the common potential causes of insomnia.

Cause #1: High cortisol (high amounts of stress)

Cortisol is a stress hormone. It is produced by your adrenals (stress-regulating glands) when there is mental or physical stress. If stress is long-term, this can cause cortisol to be chronically higher than normal levels, causing you to have sleeping problems. If you don’t feel rested after sleeping or you have insomnia this could be due to being exposed to long-term stress.

There are certain nutrients that are vital for normal cortisol function.

Vitamins B1 and D are very important for the healthy functioning of the nervous system. Consuming them can affect your sleep in a good way and they will calm your body down.

Calcium, magnesium and potassium are the electrolytes (electrically charged minerals) that have a role in calming the body down naturally.

L-tryptophan is an amino acid that naturally increases the sleep-awake hormone function which can help you to fall asleep during the night. Consume on an empty stomach always.

Remedies:

  • Consume more vitamin B1:

• nutritional yeast • benfotiamine

  • Consume more vitamin D

  • Consume more potassium

  • Consume more calcium

  • Consume more magnesium

  • Consume L-tryptophan on an empty stomach

  • Take long walks outside daily (45 to 60 minutes)

  • Stretch your body before going to bed

  • Avoid things/people that stress you out

  • Do this acupressure technique to improve sleep

  • You can also get this massage tool and do this technique

Cause #2: High blood sugar / high insulin

Consuming carbs and sweets will increase blood sugar. Insulin (fat-storing hormone) will be produced by your body as a result of consuming high amounts of carbs and it will push the blood sugar down.

If you eat before going to bed you can feel like you can’t fall asleep. This is because your blood sugar is crashed and to get it back up your body produces adrenaline. You will not be able to fall asleep with adrenaline in your blood.

Consuming carbs will not resolve the problem as your body will keep producing insulin to lower the blood sugars, which in turn will again keep you awake. The solution to this is to break this cycle by doing Healthy Keto® and intermittent fasting.

Remedies:

  • Avoid snacking

  • Avoid carbohydrates/sweets

  • Do an intermittent fasting plan

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Consume moderate amounts of protein (3 to 5 oz / meal)

  • Consume apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water) before going to bed

Cause #3: Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulator which can keep you up at night and cause you to have poor sleep. It takes time for the liver to detoxify stimulants. Too much caffeine from coffee and tea will prevent the body from fully relaxing and going into a rest mode.

Remedies:

  • Gradually cut the caffeine consumption:

    • coffee

    • tea

    • chocolate

    • soda drinks

    • energy drinks

  • Try to consume caffeine in the first part of the day only

  • You may want to cut this down to 1 small cup of coffee in the a.m. only

Cause #4: Too much artificial light

If you are sitting at a computer all day, staring at the LED screen, that’s not good for the activation of certain hormones that help you sleep at night.

Remedies:

  • Before going to sleep read a book instead of being on the phone or watching TV

  • During the day: get natural sun--go for a walk and allow the sunlight to hit your face.

Cause #5: Altered pH (too-acid or too-alkaline body)

Your body may be too alkaline or too acidic. Let’s look at the symptoms of being too alkaline (alkalosis) or being too acidic (acidosis) as both of them can potentially cause sleep problems.

Alkalosis: If you’re too alkaline, your muscles are going to be tense and tight, which can cause cramping at night and in general.

  • Take apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • Take betaine hydrochloride

  • Take vitamin D3

Acidosis: If you’re too acidic, you can have air hunger, higher pulse rate and you also may feel restless. This can cause difficulty sleeping through the night. The solution is to alkalise the body.

  • Take calcium

  • Take magnesium

  • Take potassium

  • Avoid apple cider vinegar and betaine hydrochloride

If you are on a ketogenic diet + intermittent fasting

If you have Insomnia on keto + intermittent fasting and have a lot of energy throughout the day that makes it hard to fall asleep, this means that your body is in the transition period to a new type of fuel: your own fat. The main reason behind this is that your body fat has more than 2x more energy potential than your sugar reserves. When your body starts to burn your own fat you can have a lot of energy during the day and night.

The way to remedy insomnia is to speed up the adaptation to ketosis. Below are the ways to speed this up.

Remedies:

  • Consume a lot of vitamin B1:

• nutritional yeast • benfotiamine

  • Consume more minerals (especially potassium)

  • Add more exercise / work out more frequently (don’t overtrain)

Other causes:

Bloating from certain vegetables (intolerance)

Last updated: Jun 26, 2023 14:20 PM