How stress causes insomnia in your mind and your body
All health issues, including insomnia, are caused by stress.
Stress can be mental: rushing around all day, getting in a fight with your partner, worrying about money, etc. This kind of stress is defined as the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.
Stress can also be physical: being exposed to a parasite or virus, drinking too much alcohol, exercising too much, etc.
When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol to deal with it. Cortisol increases your blood pressure and heart rate, moves energy away from digestion and other non-survival functions, and helps you focus and concentrate. A cortisol surge feels good because cortisol fights inflammation and is a natural painkiller. This is why it’s easy to get addicted to stress.
If you're constantly stressed in your body and/or your mind, your body will uses all of its resources to make cortisol which will take those resources away from making your sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone).
You may start to notice symptoms of hormone imbalance:
Hot flashes or night sweats
Weight gain in hips
Foggy thinking and memory loss
Aches and pains
Hair loss or excess hair growth
That hormone imbalance causes more stress to your body. Stress makes you more susceptible to illness and pathogens in your gut. Over time, your body won’t have the resources to make enough cortisol to deal with all the stress. So cortisol gets depleted/dysregulated.
You know your cortisol is out of balance if you have:
Increased appetite and cravings
Low energy or energy fluctuates throughout the day
Low blood sugar
High or low blood pressure
Cold body temperature
Once cortisol is dysregulated, other systems in your body don’t function as well. You may have blood sugar issues, even if you’re eating a healthy diet. You may notice hypothyroid symptoms like cold hands and feet, fatigue, and inability to lose weight. You can develop inflammation, gut infections, liver detox issues, nutrient deficiencies and mineral imbalance. All of these things can cause abnormal sleep.
Your genes determine what systems in your body break down first. For those of us prone to insomnia, our brain tissue breaks down, causing sleep issues, brain fog and memory problems.
If you don’t do anything to get back in balance, your body is going to keep breaking down. This is when you start developing diseases and disorders of all kinds, including chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, and autoimmunity.
Stress→hormone imbalance→cortisol dysregulation→insomnia and other health issues→diseases and disorders
It all starts with stress!
The only way to heal is to find everything that’s causing stress in your body and your mind and correct them so that you can sleep normally. This is exactly what my program does. I use lab testing to uncover the stressors in your body. And I help you perceive everyday stressors differently so that you don’t have the fight or flight stress response in your body.
If you’re ready to lower stress in your body and your mind so you can sleep normally, I can help. Book a call with me to talk about how you’re sleeping now and how you’d like to be sleeping in a few months and I’ll tell you the steps to get there: