Sleep problems appear to be very complex. Even so-called sleep centres have trouble helping people. I will discuss sleep problems at a hormonal level and present ways in which such problems may be solved. The most important hormone involved in sleeping is melatonin, affecting commencement, depth and duration of sleep.
Throughout this article you will find the conversion of the amino acid tryptophan from food into - eventually - melatonin. As you can see, the production of melatonin is affected by the day and night rhythm, daylight, other hormones, the bowel function, exercise, vitamins, and minerals. Things may go wrong at each of these levels, causing sleep disturbances.
- (Folic acid, calcium, vitamin B3)
- (Zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, sunlight, enough thyroid hormone, good digestion function of the colon, stable bloodsugar, exercise)
- Serotonin (Vitamine B5 and B6, darkness, low cortisol, enough progesterone)
SLEEP PROBLEMS; CAUSES AND REMEDIES
1. TOO HIGH A CORTISOL LEVEL BEFORE GOING TO BED
2. PROGESTERONE AND OESTROGEN SHORTAGE
3. SHORTAGE OF THYROID HORMONES
4. INSULIN RESISTANCE
5. TRYPTOPHAN SHORTAGE
6. SHORTAGE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS
7. SHORTAGE OF DAYLIGHT + TOO MUCH LIGHT JUST BEFORE AND DURING SLEEP
8. CAFFEINE AND THEOBROMINE