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  • Writer's pictureMartha Lewis

What's Causing your Insomnia Checklist

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Here’s a tool to help you find out what’s causing your insomnia.

This is for you if you’ve tried everything to get a good night’s sleep. 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!

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.

The most common cause of insomnia is 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 could be 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 progesterone and low melatonin can also cause sleep issues as well as mineral imbalances and heavy metal toxicity.

This checklist gives symptoms in 8 different categories that give clues about why you can’t sleep. Of course, insomnia is an indicator for each category but I didn’t include it in the list since you probably have sleep issues if you’re interested in this checklist.

Here are the 8 categories:

  • cortisol imbalance

  • sex hormone imbalance

  • gut health

  • gut infection

  • liver health

  • inflammation

  • blood sugar issues

  • mineral imbalance

If you’re checking off multiple symptoms in one category or more, then you know these things are 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 focus on more important things. Book a call with me to talk about what’s going on with your sleep and how I can help you feel and sleep better soon.


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