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26 Feb 2004

Suffering from insomnia
Dear Naturopath,

I am going through an extremely stressful period. My mother is terminal with secondary liver cancer. I am okay during the day, but when I get in bed, I cannot fall asleep. I am used to going to bed early - I believe in eight hours sleep a night and I definitely need it! However, for the last two or three months, I cannot fall asleep. Even if I am extremely tired, I only fall asleep after twelve or one o'clock. I cannot continue this, as I am always tired. My skin is also suffering under the stress and from the insomnia.

Can you please recommend a natural remedy to my problems? I use Minerva as contraception, so I need something that won't interfere with it. I am scared to use "normal" sleeping pills, as I am afraid they might be addictive.

Your advice will be appreciated.

Kind regards,

Sarah
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01 Jan 0001

Sleep is normally regulated by our biorythms and automatic nervous system. Your nervous system has taken a serious shock with the stressful period you are going through with your mother, and this has disturbed your body's ability to switch into sleep mode - natural medicines that support and encourage natural sleep are Magnesium, calcium and the herbals - Passiflora, valerian, hops, nettle, lemon balm. The formula made by a company called Bioharmony - Passiflora is a good formula to use to assist this natural sleep without the addictive and other side-effects of sleep drug-medication. Try this for 1 week then if necessary add a good Magnesium supplement. Magnesium is especially helpful for long-term stress. Neither of these will interfere with medications or be addictive. Also I would recommend that you talk or write out your stressfull or emotional feelings - sleep is often disturbed when we still have lots of feelings or stress that we have not released during the day and this gives us often active and disturbing dreams or leads to insomnia, give these feelings somewhere to be released and you will find that in the morning you will return to the stress with better clarity and perspective.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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