How to Cure Insomnia Naturally

by Kalidasa on December 23, 2011

How to Cure Insomnia Naturally

How to Cure Insomnia Naturally Image by Callee MacAulay

Let’s look at how to cure insomnia naturally. This is going to step on a few toes, so be forewarned, I’m going to debunk a few pretty solid ideas that people and even most doctors think believe about how the human body works.

First of all, humans are naturally meant to sleep a lot more than they do. Believe it or not, nine and a half hours is ideal, at least in the winter months. After all, what did humans do for almost 200,000 years before artificial light? When it got dark they went to sleep and got up when it got light! It’s pretty obvious, but there are studies to back that up.

So, why do you have trouble sleeping? What does this modern world throw at us that our ancient ancestors didn’t have? Stress is the answer. We have a LOT more stress than they had thousands of years ago.

Excess stress is the primary cause of adrenal fatigue. And, the cause of most sleep problems is adrenal fatigue, something that most doctors don’t even recognize as a condition at all.

The adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol, as well as other hormones, in response to stress. This article focuses on cortisol levels and how they affect sleep.

When there is a lot of stress the adrenals can become exhausted from making all that extra hormone. With adrenal fatigue comes an irregularity in how much cortisol is released as well as when it is released. This is the key to why adrenal fatigue causes sleep disorders.

Why aren’t people hungry when they first wake up in the morning? At least most people. It’s been hours since dinner, much longer than most people go through the day without eating. The reason is that cortisol is released at night to keep blood sugar up so hunger doesn’t wake you. One of cortisol’s actions is bringing blood sugar up, and hunger comes from low blood sugar.

So, if the adrenals are fatigued, then blood sugar will go down during the night which will wake you up. This is one form of insomnia; waking in the night and not being able to go back to sleep.

During the day cortisol is released when there is an emergency, which should be relieved within a few minutes. Once the stressful situation is passed the body can go back to balance which means cortisol levels go back to normal.

When there is a lot of stress like the modern world has to offer, the body gets over amped and doesn’t get a chance to go back to its normal balance. Consequently, cortisol levels are high at bed time which makes it hard or even impossible to go to sleep.

How to cure insomnia naturally is to treat the adrenal glands. There are a lot of ways to do this, but the protocols I give in my book, Adrenal Fatigue — Get Your Life Back, are the most effective I’ve ever seen. I got them from a natural healer who tested them with hundreds of clients using saliva tests to see the real changes in cortisol levels. Of course, there’s more to it than just treating with herbs and supplements, so the book goes into other factors that need to be addressed as well.

You’re always welcome to ask about something you may have going on that seems different in your case. You can email me using the contact tab above, or better, write a comment, your question may help someone else. No worries about privacy, your information is never shared.

Get your copy of Adrenal Fatigue — Get Your Life Back and learn how to cure insomnia naturally today.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous December 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

Hi Kalidasa,
I recently have suffered the lower back injury and purchased your book. I’ve followed the steps for diet and vitamine supplements that you recommend. I have been a long time user of the cannabis which I feel helps to relieve the pain and stress and also helps me sleep. Recently however after feeling low energy a lot, I realized my adrenals didn’t seem to be improving, I decided to stop smoking the cannabis. I have noticed increased energy and feel my adrenals are building back up again. The first 2 weeks I was able to sleep good suprisingly to myself. Within the last week I have noticed that sleep has been very difficult and last night, I didn’t sleep at all. Seeing this email this morning was very suprising and exciting! I’m not sure how to deal with this insomnia and am considering the cannabis again just to get myself to sleep. I would be interested in the book if its free as I am struggling just to pay my bills right now. Can you help?
Namaste’,

Kalidasa December 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Cannabis does have a negative affect on the adrenal glands, especially when smoked. Any smoke will send the body into a fight flight response which drains the adrenals. Eating it or vaporizing has a much smaller effect than smoke. Likely that you are locked in fight or flight. That is something I can clear over the phone if you like.

Susan December 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Hi Kaldisa,

Thank you for your writing on adrenal fatigue!

I’m a type 1 diabetic and had erratic blood sugars for over a year and doctors couldn’t tell me why. I finally stumbled upon an AF website on my own which was a life-saver!

I would really appreciate if you could state the phrase: “erratic blood sugars in diabetics” or something to that effect. It would help folks like me find their answer.

Peace,

S

christina December 24, 2011 at 3:49 am

I have not felt myself for 2 years and it all started with my stomach. Than I found out I have low blood pressure and pulse. Than my asthma and allergies kicked in after many many years of being dormant. I was hospitalized for shortness of breath. I than went to my allergy doctor who did some allergy tests and I found out I was allergic to just about everything and things I never new I was allergic to before as a little kid. I now go for allergy shots, as well. Constantly bloated all time with a feeling a fullness and retaining water. I also can’t sleep at night it takes me a long time to fall asleep at night and when I do fall alseep and I wake up at the same time every morning (2am) and can’t fall back to sleep. I have back pain and very bad migraines. Please help, with any information you can. I have 2,000.00 in medical bills and I don’t know what else to do about this. It has taken away the quality of my life and it is very hard to get through each day. I have three kids that I need to take care of and be well for. So please help. If you can email me any information you might have to help. I would be more than thankful.
In good health,
Christina

Kalidasa December 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

@ Susan That’s a good subject. Very common with both diabetes and adrenal fatigue. Hard to regulate your insulin when other factors are causing it to change. Mostly it’s the excess and erratic cortisol which brings blood sugar up. And, when you’re low on insulin it’s likely to release to bring it back up again which will tire the adrenals. For the most part it becomes an exercise in keeping your diet perfect, close monitoring of the blood sugar, and keeping stress down.

Nancy December 27, 2011 at 6:24 am

My saliva test showed cortisol levels were backwards — extremely low in the morning, rising during the day to the highest point (but still low) at the last of 4 readings, in the evening. I sleep at night in 2-3 hr segments waking up hungry, and sometimes can’t go back to sleep for 2 hrs. I take 1 or 2 naps a day.

I’ve been working on my adrenals for several years. I have tried about 9 different approaches including your book (which seems to make the most sense) and I’m still not sleeping right.

I also have Parkinson’s, which I think is just another expression of AF.

Should I be taking some of my adrenal supplements at bedtime? I’m confused by apparent opposing statements in this article and which contradict my experience.

Thanks for your help.

Maria December 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

A lot of times I wake up at night starving, especially after a stressful day. So your explanation makes a lot of sense. The problem is if I eat at night, it messes up my digestive system, not to mention it piles on the pounds. Now that you’re saying it’s the adrenals, maybe I’ll benefit from taking additional adrenal supplement taken before bed time on these stressful days. Another piece to the puzzle, thanks!

Debbie January 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

hi Kalidasa, Happy New Year! I have been reading your interesting posts re:adrenal fatigue & insomnia. I have been working on healing mine as I suffer from insomnia. My Mother & Sister suffer from insomnia as well, and I think adrenal fatigue is the answer! I’m educating myself on this topic. Upon saliva testing, my Dhea was extremely low, but my Estrogen is normal. I am supplementing Dhea am 52 & menopausal. Can you send me your “curing insomnia” book so I can learn more? Thanks and keep up this beneficial work! Debbie

cliff January 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I have had adrenal fatigue for about 8 months. I have been taking most of the supplements you suggest. I have been improving slowly. However, in the early morning I always feel anxiety and weakness. This does seem to pass slowly during the day and I feel better in the evening.. Can you tell me the reason for this? Is this a normal pattern?

Kalidasa January 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

@clif Are you taking calming herbs? Nevaton by MediHerb is the best, but you can find something easier to get. Herbs in powder form are best, and a combination. Stress J is an example though there are a lot of others that will work.

Kalidasa January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

@Debbie Be careful with DHEA, it can be deadly. If you have to use it use 7keto DHEA, but read my article on DHEA first.

The book on insomnia is actually my book on adrenal fatigue. Note: it’s going up in price slightly in a couple of weeks.

Kalidasa January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

@Nancy AF can be confusing and does often have contradicting issues. Are you taking any calming herbs? They can really help.

Phosphatidylcholine often helps with Parkinson’s. It is what the nerve sheeths are largely made of. Should at least stop the condition from progressing.

Kalidasa January 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

@christina Pretty sure I emailed you, but this might help others too. The gut issues are probably related to the fight or flight response.

Allergies can come from AF as well, and they can halt progress in healing AF. Really complicates things. They can be treated with applied kinesiology, but will likely need to be treated several times as they tend to come back until the system is balanced.

Liver time is between 1 and 3 am. It likely needs treatment too. Processed foods can harm the liver as much as alcohol. Silymarin is a great herb for that. Eating lots of beets will help, and Livaplex by Standard Process is really good for the liver. I’d need to talk with you to know the best one.

Migraines are usually a result of magnesium deficiency. Take it at night, start with two grams and work up till it gives you diarrhea, then back off one gram or 500 ml depending on which you are using.

Lisa June 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hi Kalidasa, thank you for sharing your AF knowledge. I have suffered for 12 years and been misdiagnosed by many doctors. It started during the last trimester of my pregnancy and I was afraid to try to have anymore children. Only in the last 2 years I have been seeing a holistic doctor and taking many supplements. I have seen improvement, but I experience setbacks when I over do it or have stress. My sleep issues start at about 3 or 4 AM and wake me with heart pounding (adrenaline rush) immediately followed by incontinance. I have often described it as an excited puppy that has an accident. Have you ever seen AF manifest this way? I will be getting your book and consulting with my holistic doctor. It would really be nice to know if you have ever heard of a case like mine. Thank you so much.

Kalidasa June 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

@Lisa, If you have been treating this for two years you may have a serious fight or flight issue. This can keep you from healing, and supplement and herbs from working well.

The sleep issue you have is most likely an adrenal issue as most sleep issues are, at least at the root. Other factors are low serotonin, which converts to melatonin. Low ser is a common continuation from AF. Also, lung time is from 3-5 am, so there could be an issue there.

Having bladder problems can also be from AF though diarrhea is more common. There is a lack of suspension energy to hold the organs up is one way to look at it. But, there could be another cause.

Jill June 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hi, could you give some direction on how to choose a good multivitamin to help fight adrenal fatigue and/or its symptoms? I saw another person write in about high levels of Vitamin C and copper being good to look for. Thank you

Kalidasa June 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

Jill, the best multivitamin in the world is Catalyn by Standard Process. But, what you really need for adrenal fatigue are higher potency specific nutrients like pantothenic acid, niacin amide (never use straight niacin unless you know what you’re doing), vitamin C and B12. L-Tyrosine can help a lot too. Most supplements are individual, but there are some specific protocols that are very powerful. They can be found in my adrenal fatigue book which is still only $7 (but will be going up at some point).

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