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Understanding Insomnia and Finding Relief: More Than Counting Sheep

Understanding Insomnia and Finding Relief: More Than Counting Sheep | Healthology Hub London Nutritionist

In a world that never sleeps, ironically, millions of people find themselves wrestling with the relentless grip of insomnia.

Sleep, a basic human need, becomes a coveted treasure for those battling this sleep disorder. It's a persistent problem affecting many aspects of life, from work performance to emotional well-being.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterised by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, leading to poor sleep quality and daytime impairment. It affects people of all ages, but its prevalence tends to increase with age. Insomnia can be classified into two types: acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) and needs to be diagnosed by a doctor.

The Causes and Triggers:

Insomnia's roots are often intertwined with various physical, psychological, and environmental factors. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions can be significant contributors. Lifestyle choices, such as drinking alcohol, excessive caffeine intake, irregular sleep schedules, and the overuse of electronic devices, can also disrupt sleep patterns. Furthermore, underlying medical conditions and certain medications might play a role in sleep disturbances.

The Vicious Cycle:

One sleepless night can quickly escalate into a vicious cycle of anxiety about sleep itself. The fear of another sleepless night may cause heightened stress, making it even harder to fall asleep. This cycle can exacerbate insomnia, making it crucial to address the issue promptly.

Consequences of Insomnia:

The consequences of insomnia reach far beyond mere fatigue. Prolonged sleep deprivation can impair cognitive function, reduce productivity, and impact emotional well-being. Furthermore, it can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Seeking Help:

If you find yourself battling insomnia, it is vital to seek professional help. A healthcare provider can assess your sleep patterns, identify potential underlying causes, and recommend suitable treatments.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a proven, non-medication-based approach that can help reshape thoughts and behaviours around sleep. Nutritional therapy offers a holistic approach to tackle insomnia by identifying and addressing nutritional imbalances that may be affecting your sleep quality.

From optimising your intake of sleep-promoting nutrients like magnesium and tryptophan to identifying foods that may be disrupting your circadian rhythm, a targeted nutritional plan can be a game-changer.

With personalised advice on meal timing, portion sizes, and nutrient-dense foods, nutritional therapy empowers you to make lifestyle changes that can lead to better sleep and, consequently, improved overall well-being.

Sleep, like any treasure, becomes all the more valuable when it seems out of reach, but with perseverance and the right support, it can be reclaimed.


Rakhi Lad | Registered Nutritional Therapist London


Hi! I'm Rakhi and I am a registered nutritional therapist and lifestyle medicine practitioner based in Ealing, London.

Rather than plastering over your symptoms, I help you to deal with your health issues by addressing the root causes and supporting you towards improved health from the inside-out.

Feel free to take a look around my website or start your journey towards better wellbeing & vitality by getting in touch for a free consultation.


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