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  • Writer's pictureMartha Lewis

Your insomnia isn't all in your head

Your insomnia isn’t all in your head.

I know it feels mental to many of you. Especially if you have anxiety. Or racing thoughts that keep you awake.

But anxiety can be caused by your body even though it seems like it’s in your head. The good bacteria in your gut are supposed to make feel-good chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, and GABA that help us relax and sleep. If you have too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria, the good guys can’t make those chemicals you need to feel good. Then you get anxiety or depression which seem like mental health problems but which are actually physical problems.

Racing thoughts are caused by your body, too, mainly by the stress hormone cortisol. When you are in a stressful situation like being chased by a bear, your body releases cortisol to help you run from or fight that bear. The cortisol increases your heart rate and blood pressure and makes your mind race. Your body is helping you focus and find a solution so that you survive. This response is great during the day and when you’re being chased by a bear. But not at night when you want to be sleeping.

If your body is releasing too much cortisol at night, your thoughts will race. The most common reasons why you release cortisol at night is from stressors that are hidden in your body. I call them hidden because you don’t know about them. Some hidden stressors are a pathogen in your gut like a parasite, low blood sugar and an unhealthy liver.

If you want to learn more about what could be going on in your body that’s causing your insomnia and how to fix it, book a free call with me today.

Book your call here.

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