What is the best thing to do about my 19yr old daughter's insomnia- not sleeping til 2-4am, frequently waking and having difficulty getting back to sleep, so tired she can't concentrate and is often weepy. The latest session has been going 3-4 weeks, but she usually has trouble sleeping before 1am. Sleeping tablets don't seem very effective, and she tries to do all the right things like not sleeping in, avoiding technology at night etc. Her brother drowned 3 years ago, and her sleeping has been worse since then.
There are many suggestions so far to help with your daughters 'insomnia', but here is another one for you that has been somewhat touched on already.
We suggest counselling if she hasn't had any already, to deal with any possible underlying grief. A full and thorough consultation with a Naturopath will be beneficial, and highly recommended. It is difficult to assume what the issue may be without seeing her and listening to her story. This is paramount before any professional prescribes or recommends treatment. A Naturopathic viewpoint will look at the entire picture with an aim of getting to the bottom of what is causing her sleep deprivation.
We wish you every success in finding a practitioner that can help your daughter with her concerns.
Take care :)
There is a sleep specialist in Christchurch called Aaron McLoughlin. He uses a multi disciplinary approach and is very successful. Best wishes on finding a lasting and effective solution, I'm sure you'll get there.
If you are from the Bay of Plenty we have two practitioners in our clinic, Alicia or Kristy, who would love to guide you back to full health!. It is important to determine the underlying causes for your insomnia and to see someone who deals with natural or integrative health, to give you answers as to WHY these complaints have eventuated. We don't just assess the chemistry of the body at The Healing Room though, we also access your health from an emotional and neurological view point, and correct the body as a whole. Alicia and Kristy both use multiple techniques which address emotional health from the past and present. We would love to hear from you if you are nearby, or guide you to someone near it not.
Hello, this appears to be an extremely distressing situation. I would recommend a holistic approach that addresses the underlying causes and incorporates all physical, mental and emotional levels of your daughter. Classical Homeopathy can be extremely effective for this as it works on a deep level and results often prove to last. Pls call me at The Clinic of Homeopathy 021-1476855 or 07-8548962 and ask for Neeraj to discuss further. Thanks
My impression is that your daughter is probably naturally anxious, and expects a lot of herself. Coping strategies will be very important for her along with a close examination of her diet and lifestyle to pinpoint any triggers hidden there. It seems that around the age of 18-25 these sort of issues become less manageable and with the added trauma of the loss of her brother, things have escalated. Working on her adrenals/nervous system to calm things back down and help her manage will be vital. There are many options for this but one of the best I have worked with is the Dr Wilson protocol. If you are in the Auckland area, I would be happy to see her for a naturopathic consultation and explore a manageable way forward for her.
This sounds very distressing for you both. My suggestion would be to seek out a good hypnotherapist who also does EFT as the underlying trauma needs to be dealt with. Almost sounds like PTSD. What town are you in as I may be able to recommend someone.
Best wishes. Lesley Evans
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we use 5 elements to analyse the balance of body. Her imbalance strarted from the grief that damage the energy of Lung. Once the Lung is deficient, the Liver is becoming more active since the Lung could not ristrict and balance the Liver, thus she is especially active in Liver's active hours( 1am to 3am , 2am to 4am summer time),when it comes to 3am to 5am, its Lung's active hours, the Lung becomes stronger and hence the body is more balanced in general, and she can be back to the normal routine of sleep. These are some of the expalations, for a more holistic analysis, suggest to book a consultation session. If the trauma has not gone, also recommend mental support.
Hi, What you have been trying are all just temporary measures for short term acute physical problems. What your daughter needs is to go deeper, to the emotional and mental levels in order to achieve positive long-term results. As I practice Homeopathy, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy that would be the way I would suggest she goes. If you wish to make an appointment for a consultation you can book directly through http://www.marytonnerconsulting.gettimely.com/ Regards, Mary
I would go with a two prong suggestion for this - I would say that it is partly to do with stress and adrenal fatigue/stress and also that is effecting the emotions. So find a really good herbalist - I know one in the Waitakere ranges and try some healing (reiki) for the balancing of the emotions.
Yes so much happening here and I really feel for you all. The result of grief is that the energy locks in cell memory in the body and we need strategies and tools to help us get our natural rhythm on track. It would be good for her to have an AromaTouch Technique which releases stress and allows the body to regain its natural bio rhythm. We also use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to apply under the feet and diffuse in the bedroom at night to help calm the nervous system. I feel your daughter would benefit with our elevation blend to help uplift her vibration. Please contact me if you need. Kindest Jocelyn 0800 749876 x
insomnia can have many causes and also treatments which can really be effective.
From you query it sounds as if the death of her brother was a factor but I also wonder if there is an underlying anxiety issue which has been exacerbated .
In my practice I specialise in anxiety and trauma but would also suggest liaising with a naturopath to address the issue holistically and help your daughter get her life back on track and work through the trauma.
Feel free to contact me as I have a 30 Minute Wellness Consult free of charge available ,to go through any questions and see if therapy would be the right fit.
Hi there. You're obviously a very concerned mum. My concern is that a true holistic approach to a problem such as this can only be undertaken in a professional consultation. There are so many things that can contribute to this kind of problem and these symptoms are, no doubt, just a piece of the puzzle. There is no point treating the "piece" as if it were not part of the whole...
Stress of any kind, in my experience, generally aggravates imbalances. This is consistent with what you report.
I'm not sure where you are based, but I'm sure that you will find a good naturopath in your region.
All the best.
If you clear the trauma and grief of her brother's death she will probably sleep better. I do specialize in this so feel free to get in touch. cheers Kim
Gosh, you have all been through such a tragic experience losing your son and your daughter, her brother.... I think it is really important to recognise that something this sad and traumatic can manifest in many ways, either through sleep difficulties or physical symptoms, pain and anxiety to state just a few...
When we experience something traumatic and stressful, our body experiences it, our breathing changes and this can also affect sleeping. I am a specialist breathing physiotherapist with postgraduate studies in mindbody health care so my philosophy is to treat the whole person, respecting their emotions, experiences, and physical manifestation of their "story". The sort of person your daughter would benefit from seeing needs to be able to hold this, ie a robust psychotherapist with mindbody philosophy or someone like myself, a breathing physiotherapist who treats with a mindbody approach. All the best. Regards,
Obviously there are many reasons for this. One of the culprits that I have found is a reduction in the enzymatic efficiency in the porphorin-haeme pathway. The reduction in productio in haeme greatly reduces the activity in haeme dependent enzymes. Reduced ability to convert Tryptophan to 5HTP, activate iodine to form Thyroxine. Regduced activity in Cytochrome C enzyme. Reduced activity if the P450 enzymes in the liver etc etc. THe other culprit people will look at with these symptoms is adrenal fatigue.
Hope this is of help