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What's Causing your Insomnia Checklist

Do you want to find out why you can’t sleep? I have a holiday gift for you! It’s a checklist called “What’s Causing Your Insomnia?”

(If you’re new to my list, you may have already received this checklist! This is a brand new checklist so you’re lucky you got it first :))

If you’ve tried everything you know to get a good night’s sleep and nothing is helping, this is for you. You’ve been to your doctor-everything’s “normal”. You’ve taken supplements. Maybe you’ve even resorted to over-the-counter meds or sleeping pills. You’ve changed your diet, tried meditation and cognitive behavior therapy. Maybe you even bought a new mattress or a weighted blanket. And you still can’t sleep. It’s not your fault!

I believe that you are meant to sleep well and so if you aren’t, there’s something going on in your body that is keeping you awake at night. To get over your sleep problems once and for all, you have to figure out what’s physically causing your insomnia.

In general, the cause of insomnia is from your body releasing cortisol at night when it shouldn’t. Cortisol suppresses melatonin and wakes you up. Whether you have trouble falling asleep at bedtime or waking up in the night, cortisol is to blame.

The reason your body is releasing cortisol at night is what we need to find out. It could be from low blood sugar, or a congested liver or a pathogen in your gut, to name a few possibilities.

Besides cortisol, low sex hormones like estrogen and progesteron and low melatonin can also cause sleep issues.

This checklist gives symptoms in 7 different categories that give clues as to why you can’t sleep. Of course, insomnia is an indicator for each category but I didn’t include it in the list. I figure you have sleep issues if you’re interested in this checklist, so I’m not including insomnia in the list of symptoms for each category.

Here are the 7 categories:

  • cortisol imbalance

  • sex hormone imbalance

  • detoxification

  • digestion

  • inflammation

  • gut infection

  • blood sugar issues

If you’re checking off multiple symptoms in one category or more, you can see what could be contributing to your insomnia.

Get the checklist here.

While this checklist can give you some clues, lab testing is the only way to know what’s really going on in your body and causing your sleeplessness. That’s why I include 4 labs in my program that give me clues about your hormones, liver, inflammation, digestion, gut health and more.

If you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, I want you to know that you don’t have to live with insomnia for the rest of your life. We can find out what’s causing it and work on correcting it so you can finally get over your sleep issues and move on to more important things. Book a call with me if you want to talk about what’s going on with your sleep, what you’d like your sleep to be like and how I can help you improve your sleep. You don’t have to be tired, grumpy and unfocused every day. You can get the sleep you need to wake up rested, full of energy and excited for your day!

Schedule your call here


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