Dr Kevin Conners answers the question, “Do you have something for sleep? I have a hard time going to sleep, and staying asleep.”
There are a lot of different things that can cause you to have insomnia, which include screen time, melatonin and cortisol levels, and more. Dr Conners offers multiple solutions to fixing your sleep issues.
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I have a hard time going to sleep and staying asleep. This is a loaded question because there are so many possible causes of inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Really, having a hard time falling asleep is a totally different problem than someone who wakes up and then can’t go to sleep. So if you are somebody who is waking up and then can’t fall asleep… Let’s just walk through some possibilities here because there’s a lot of different possibilities when we talk about sleep issues.
So number one is I can’t fall asleep when I go to bed. That’s what’s called insomnia. When it’s time to go to bed, I got to get up at six o’clock and it’s 10:30, I’m going to bed, and you lay in bed for an hour or so before you could fall asleep. That’s insomnia. So insomnia can be caused from multiple things there. We’ve spoken about it in past Zoom calls. Stop looking at screen time several hours before bed, because watching a screen like a computer screen or your phone screen, or a television screen, the screens are functioning at a very high Hertz. 50 to 60 Hertz is what they’re functioning at. That is training your brain at 50 to 60 Hertz. Your brain waves are only supposed to be functioning at the highest Hertz of about 28 Hertz, which is a high beta wave. So you’re training your brain at a super high beta wave. Of course your brain could go that high, but you’re training your brain to be a high beta wave. Nobody could fall asleep in a high beta wave. You have to get down to a theta wave to get to sleep somewhere between five and 15 Hertz, to be able to start to fall asleep.
So it’s difficult to be looking at your phone and then it’s time to go to bed, so you put your phone by your side of your bed and then you try to go to sleep. That in itself, doesn’t allow your brain to get to a theta wave to get to sleep, that in itself could be a problem. So, number one, if you can’t fall asleep, stop using screens. several hours before you go to bed.
“Well, I do that already and I still can’t fall asleep.” Okay. The other thing that could be taking place is your have a little teeny gland in your brain called your peneal gland that’s supposed to secreting melatonin at the time before you’re supposed to go to sleep. So you can use some melatonin. It’s typically recommended that you use about three milligrams of melatonin, about a half hour before bed to help fall asleep.
We have melatonin in our store. We also have a product called Insomnitol in our store that has some melatonin, has a some valerian root and some other herbs that can be very calming to help you fall asleep. So, number one, screen time. Number two, low melatonin levels. Melatonin levels are also controlled and go along with an inverse relationship with cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone. So if I’m under a lot of stress, this is why, if you have ever been under a lot of stress, it’s difficult for you to fall asleep. So it is because if you have a lot of stress, you have a lot of cortisol secreting. You have a lot of cortisol flying through your bloodstream, you won’t make melatonin, or you won’t release melatonin from the pineal gland, and it’s going to be difficult to fall asleep. So dealing with stress levels, that’s why sometimes people do better exercising at night before bed, because it could help burn off some of that cortisol. And that helps their body release melatonin to help them fall asleep. So exercising before bed can be beneficial in that case.
There’s other reasons why you can’t fall asleep, and we could talk for a long time on just the sleep patterns. Now, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep has to do with other issues that could be very complex too, but usually are not related to melatonin. They can be related to adrenal burnout because at night you’re in a fasting state. So you haven’t eaten since nine o’clock or something like that and now you’re fasting. But there’s one part of your body that needs glucose all night long. Your muscles don’t need a lot of glucose because you’re not exercising. The rest of your body doesn’t need a lot of glucose. So you’re not doing a whole lot of activities, things are in a stall mode while you’re sleeping, but your brain is always active.
In order for your brain to continue to be active, it needs glucose. Your adrenals release cortisol at night to stimulate the glucose breakdown of glycogen stores in the liver to keep a steady glucose level to keep your brain alive. So when a person says, I wake up about one or two hours, I fall asleep just fine, I wake about one or two o’clock and I can’t fall back asleep again. That’s usually because their adrenals are deficient probably because of past stress, maybe current stress, but their adrenals are deficient. So they need some adaptogens or some adrenal support. And if you can support the adrenal to get healthy adrenals again, then all that whole system could start working again.
There could be some other things with some mineral deficiency that could cause a person to not be able to get back asleep at night either. And as this little diagram talks about leg cramps, that would be the mineral deficiency issues, acid reflux. Well, that goes back to gut health and other issues like pain. So pain can be an issue that keeps a person up and doesn’t allow them to get back asleep. I would suggest if you really have issues with insomnia and sleep patterns that you do call and make an appointment to talk about them if you can’t deal with it, can’t figure it out with some of the brief things I spoke about here.
Another thing to try is the insomnia programs on your Rife. We’ve had people say, they’ve tried that, but it didn’t help at all. We’ve had other people say, they tried it, and it was a miracle for them. So melatonin, think about that. Side note on that, high dose melatonin has been shown in several studies that it’s been helpful for some cancer patients to help with their cancer. So melatonin is not contra indicated for cancer patients. It could be helpful for cancer patients. So I would not discourage you from trying melatonin thinking, “I don’t want to do that, I’m going to become dependent upon it.” It could be good for your cancer. So I would say definitely try melatonin. The Insomnitol product we have, we’ve added a lot of people with very good success with that.
Dustin has been passionate about holistic health since he met his wife, Dr Mallory Ranem (Conners) almost 20 years ago. As the Digital Media Manager, he coordinates content across Conners Clinic’s large online presence, including written, video, and audio.