Different Types of Insomnia – Part 2

Insomnia is often due to a state of deficiency. There can be qi deficiency, where the person wakes frequently without agitation or restlessness, and is able to fall back asleep easily. This corresponds with issues around electrolyte regulation by the kidneys and adrenals. The next is yin deficiency, with frequent waking along with restlessness, corresponding with sex hormone imbalance and more frank adrenal fatigue. Yang deficiency, where the person must sleep in an upright position, presents biomedically as heart failure. Blood deficiency is where the person wakes after 3-5 hours of sleep but is able to fall back asleep after 30-60 minutes. This corresponds to problems with liver glycogen storage.

An Integrative Perspective on Thyroid Deficiency

Thyroid hormone is important for all metabolic activity since it speeds up cellular energy and heat production. Low levels of thyroid hormone can cause a variety of common symptoms, such as feeling cold, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, brain fog, and sleepiness. From a Chinese Medicine perspective the thyroid gland itself is closely related to Lung function, but any organ system can be implicated in a Western diagnosis of hypothyroid. Simply treating low thyroid by supplementing with thyroid hormone often misses the deeper issue. Without examining the unique individual this can cause more problems in the long-term. Treatment for thyroid issues can include diet, acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, lifestyle and stress management, all geared towards helping the body self-regulate and return to health.

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