Symptoms Of Long Term Insomnia

By | March 25, 2017

What Makes Insomniac Brains Different

Insomniacs have different brains! Weird brains!Super tired brains. God, I hate my insomnia. Anthony Carboni here for DNews and I had theworst insomnia from junior high almost all the way up through college. It's awful. You'realways drained, you can't think straight, you're depressed. While insomnia can be asymptom of a lot of things, we've never really pinpointed what the physiological change isin the body that makes it happen specifically. I never saw a specialist about it, but I'mpretty sure I had Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder it's common in teenagers and it basicallymeans your circadian rhythm is all offbalance your biological clock doesn't match up withthe day and night cycle. It can get less severe

as you get older mine only happens for acouple weeks a time now, then goes away for a bit. Insomnia can also be caused by psychologicalthings like stress or physical issues like sleep apnea. But researchers looking to starttreating insomnia at the biological root of the problem found a potential culprit: plasticityin the brain's motor cortex. We've talked about neuroplasticity before:its your brain's ability to adapt and change to different stimuli and situations. It meansif you want to change your habits or get better at something, you can because your brain willadapt to it eventually. The going theory was

that since people who suffer from insomniahave decreased memory and a hard time concentrating and retaining information, their brains wouldbe less plastic. Maybe being unable to process all that daytime info leads to sleeping problems. But a new study out of Johns Hopkins universitysays no an insomniac's motor cortex is more adaptable than someone who can sleep easily.They hooked up some healthy sleepers and insomniacs to electrodes and tried some transcranialmagnetic stimulation or TMS on them. Basically, it delivers precise levels of electrical currentsto parts of the brain but not in a weird, shock therapy, seen it in the movies way.In a more controlled, FDA approved, lets study

the brain and try to help people sort of way. So, they basically trained the sleeping subjects,using TMS, to move their thumbs in a certain way in reaction to stimulation. I feel likethe more I explain this, the less safe TMS is actually going to sound. AAAAANYWAY. Thenthey tried to retrain the subjects to have their thumbs move in the OTHER direction.And the insomniacs adapted to the change much more easily. So what does that meané Is neuroplasticitybadé Is it causing insomnia or is it the brain of an insomniac trying help the body copewith all the other physical and emotional

stresses that come with a lack of sleepé This is where I go quot;The researchers aren'tsure,quot; and you all groan and throw rotten vegetables at me. But here's what's good andexciting about the research: if the overly changeable motor cortex is connected to releasingall the stress hormones and causing all the other emotional issues of insomnia, TMS couldbe used to calm the brain down and help people get into the habit of healthy sleep. It'llalso make diagnosing legitimate insomnia much easier right now there's no way to objectivelytest for it, so a lot of people think they're insomniacs when they have other, more easilytreatable issues and vice versa.

In the meantime, if you're up, you can alwaystweet. At me. There's a good chance I am, too.

Natural Cures for Insomnia

Hey guys, Axe here from DrAxe . Oneof the most common things I'll hear from my patients, is they'll say, quot; Axe, I can'tsleep.quot; And if you're one of those people that have trouble falling asleep, or strugglewith insomnia, or you wake up during the night, that's very common. In this tutorial I'm goingto go through the exact steps you need to follow to get better quality of sleep andto help you fall asleep fast. Step number one in overcoming sleep deprivationis to change your diet, surprisingly. And, for a lot of people, their diets are keepingthem from falling asleep. Before you go to bed, you need to really drop your carbohydrateconsumption. If you're consuming too many

sugars and carbs, your body is burning those,it's getting warm. And so, lowering that sugar, and grain intake, and carbohydrate intakebefore bed is important. And get some good quality fats before you go to bed. Somethinglike an avocado is a great food to actually help you fall asleep at night, either avocadoor some organic yogurt. So again, avocado and organic yogurt, are the best foods tohelp you naturally fall asleep. The reason they work is those foods are high in magnesiumand potassium. Magnesium and potassium are two crucial nutrients you need to help relaxthe body and to help you fall asleep at night. So remember avocado and yogurt, the top twofoods you can consume just a little bit here

or there in the evening that will help youfall asleep at night. The second step you need to do to overcomeinsomnia is to reduce stress. And for most people, along with diet, this is the big thingthat's keeping you up at night, is your mind starts racing, you keep thinking and you can'tshut your brain off. And there are several reasons for that. One, is you watched TV upuntil the point that you went to bed. That visual stimulus you're watching constantly,especially the blue light, and that doesn't just include the TV screen, it also includesyour computer, your iPad, or your phone. And that light is blue light, which actually tellsyour pineal gland in your brain that it actually

needs to keep running, so it messes with yourcircadian rhythms and cortisol levels. It keeps you from falling asleep at night whenyou were looking at that bright blue light in the computer screens and TV screens. So,about 30 minutes at least, ideally, an hour, but at least 30 minutes before bed, you needto shut off all electronics, and you need to start reading something that helps yourelax. Or start journaling. So you can get out ajournal and start writing things down. You can look at your schedule for the next dayand write that down. But I really recommend reading a novel that you enjoy, reading adevotional, your Bible, or just something

that helps you relax and wind down at least30 minutes before bed. And that's going to help, and in general reducing stress. And if you have something that's really stressingyou out, that's keeping you from sleeping at night, I recommend you start writing downthose things that stress you out. Work on addressing those the best you can, and thenstart scheduling things into the week that you love to do. It is so important. If you'vehad a great day, and you've been happy all day, it actually creates certain hormonesin your body known as endorphins that actually help you fall asleep at night. So actually,having a good mood throughout the day can

help improve your sleep at night. So stepnumber two, shut down the computers and read a book before bed. As well as just add somejoy into your life. Reduce stress; it's very important for falling asleep at night. Step number three, is take quality supplements,especially a magnesium supplement. And taking a magnesium supplement, about 400 to 500mga night before bed, can help you naturally reduce stress, and really improve sleep. Andso I recommend a high quality magnesium chelate or magnesium citrate before bed. So takinga magnesium supplement can help you fall asleep. Also supplements like melatonin can help,or valerian root. But I don't recommend doing

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