Some of the best things in life are the wonder of a nourishing meal, a deep breath of clear mountain air, bathing in clean, wholesome water… and deep sleep. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of waking up rested and refreshed, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Unfortunately, this simple necessity eludes between 50-70 million people in the US alone.1 Populations especially at risk include health care professionals, those who work more than 40 hours per week, and night shift workers – particularly those working in warehouses and transportation.2
Emotional reasons for sleeplessness may be more specific, such as the grieving process after the death of a loved one, or a relationship separation.
Specific reasons for sleeplessness may include:3
- An unpredictable work schedule (as implied in the occupations above)
- Poor sleep habits, like eating a big meal before bedtime or napping during the day
More serious sleep issues may be due to:4
- Mental health issues such as anxiety disorder, depression, or PTSD
- Medications, both pharmaceutical and over the counter
- Medical conditions that involve chronic pain, or diseases like cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, thyroid issues, or Alzheimer’s
- Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol
- Other sleep related disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or narcolepsy
In addition to the reason or the season in life that may bring about the discomfort of sleeplessness, there are serious consequences related to safety and health that can result from not sleeping. According to theInstitute of Medicine (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research:
“The public health consequences of sleep loss and sleep-related disorders are far from benign. The most visible consequences are errors in judgment contributing to disastrous events such as the space shuttleChallenger.Less visible consequences of sleep conditions are far more prevalent, and they take a toll on nearly every key indicator of public health: mortality, morbidity, performance, accidents and injuries, functioning and quality of life, family well-being, and health care utilization. Some of these consequences, such as automobile crashes, occur acutely within hours (or minutes) of the sleep disorder, and thus are relatively easy to link to sleep problems. Others—for example, obesity and hypertension—develop more insidiously over months and years of chronic sleep problems. After decades of research, the case can be confidently made that sleep loss and sleep disorders have profound and widespread effects on human health.”5
This blog series is intended to give a general overview of sleep disorders and their consequences to health, what traditional and alternative treatment methods are currently available as well as studies to their efficacy, and finally, an introduction to what Life Force Energy can offer in the way of relief for those suffering the extreme fatigue of being too exhausted to function, and too awake to let down and rest.
Types of Sleep Disorders
There are currently four key sleep disorders recognized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They are:6
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
According to the CDC, “insomnia is characterized by an inability to initiate or maintain sleep. It may also take the form of early morning awakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep may often manifest itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which characteristically results in functional impairment throughout the day.”7
The ramifications of insomnia, both individually and on society as a whole are enormous. According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine:
“By definition, patients with chronic insomnia have daytime impairment of cognition, mood, or performance that impacts on the patient and potentially on family, friends, coworkers and caretakers. Chronic insomnia patients are more likely to use health care resources, visit physicians, be absent or late for work, make errors or have accidents at work, and have more serious road accidents. Increased risk for suicide, substance use relapse, and possible immune dysfunction have been reported. Co-morbid conditions, particularly depression, anxiety, and substance use, are common. There is a bidirectional increased risk between insomnia and depression. Other medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyles, smoking, alcoholism, and caffeine dependence are also risks for insomnia. Self medication with alcohol, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and melatonin account for millions of dollars annually.”8
In 2015, a study was done on the prevalence of insomnia. The results at that time demonstrated that a full 33% of the study population suffered from insomnia – but more striking still, 27% didn’t recognize the condition.9
Neil Epstein is a man who definitely recognizes his condition. He writes poignantly about his experience of insomnia in The Guardian, stating, “…I can’t believe anyone sleeps as badly as me. On a good night I get three hours of restless catnapping, waking every 15 minutes and then dropping off again. I regularly go for two or three nights with no sleep at all.” He goes on to relate that even as a child he was unable to fall asleep, resulting in exhaustion, short-temperedness and tantrums at school, and an ongoing, deep frustration. Over time, he learned to wrap his life around his sleeplessness, working night shifts and eventually creating his own art-based business so he could work his own hours.10
“It’s still such a mystery to me, the act of falling asleep,” he states. “People say, let your mind go blank, but how? Thoughts whirr round in my head. I don’t have that ability to switch off. …Sleep deprivation is a form of torture and, before I met my wife, I could easily have contemplated suicide.”
Neil Epstein is not alone. According to Current Psychiatric Reports, the evidence linking insomnia and suicideis profound. In fact, since 2010 there have been over 20 studies performed that confirm this connection.11
Treatments for insomnia typically include seeing a sleep specialist for assessment, and referral to a psychotherapist who can rule out depression, anxiety disorders, or major life adjustments. Beyond that, various cognitive and behavioral therapies and techniques may be tried, such as relaxation training, sleep restriction and/or stimulus control, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):12
- Relaxation training, or progressive muscle relaxation is a technique whereby one slowly, intentionally relaxes each muscle throughout the body. Other relaxation techniques include learning to meditate, various breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and guided imagery.
- Stimulus control seeks to break unhealthy associations between the bedroom itself and the struggle to sleep by restricting activity in the bedroom to only regimented sleep times. If sleep doesn’t come after 20 minutes, the person gets up and leaves the room. The theory is that over time, sleeping becomes the dominant association with the bedroom.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps the insomniac person to maintain strict sleeping schedules, and works to try and cognitively reveal hidden fears and beliefs about sleep, and to replace negative beliefs with positive, rational thinking.
Beyond these techniques, there are medications which can be used to treat insomnia as well. The primary pharmaceutical interventions include:13
- Benzodiazepine receptor agonists: Triazolam, Estazolam, Temazepam, Quazepam, Flurazepam, and Ambien – to name a few.
- Melatonin agonist Ramelteon: Rozerem and Takeda.
- Sedating antidepressants or other sedating drugs.
Interestingly, it was difficult to find treatment outcome statistics on insomnia alone. Typically, studies have been done that relate insomnia with depression, insomnia with fibromyalgia, insomnia with MS – but not much in the way of numbers for insomnia by itself. Sleep Medicine Reviewsstates that despite progress in studying insomnia, “there are still no standard assessment methods to document outcome and no accepted criteria to define what should be a successful outcome in the treatment of insomnia,”14Furthermore, the American Journal of Medicine states that though benzodiazepinesare effective for insomnia, the actual clinical benefit is small enough as to be on a level with exercising, and that “chronic benzodiazepine therapy for sleep is associated with several negative side effects, including cognitive impairment and an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, falls, and fractures.”15
Alternative Treatments for Insomnia
There are a number of alternative practices and techniques that people use to relax and bring sleep, including acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, and aromatherapy. In this first article on sleep disorders, the two most prevalent supplements for aiding the inducement of sleep will be covered: Valerian and Melatonin.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is an herb that grows naturally in North America, Europe, and Asia. For thousands of years, valerian has been used to induce sleep due the volatile oils in the plant’s root that have natural sedative effects. The most prominent of these essential oils are:
- Valerenic acid, known to increase GABA (a neurotransmitter that reduces brain cell activity and has anti-inflammatory effects).16Also, the amount of GABA found in many valerian extracts has been found to be sufficient in quantity to have a sedative effect.17
- Iridoids, which also have sedative effects.18
- Isovaleric acid (Valtrate), which acts as an antispasmodic and “and appear to be nature’s answer to modern benzodiazepine tranquillizers.”19
- Hesperidan and Linarin, antioxidant flavonoids that enhance drowsiness and sleep.20
The results of clinical studies on the use of valerian root show varied results. In a number of studies, it was found that the use of valerian helped those suffering insomnia to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and enjoy a higher quality and satisfaction in their sleep.21, 22, 23However, there are also studies that claim no noticeable, or only limited effects.24, 25, 26
Valerian is currently Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) when taken for short periods (4-8 weeks) and in recommended doses,27
and is predominantly reported as having no side effects. However, in clinical trials, side effects have been reported, which include dizziness, headache, itching, nausea and upset stomach, dry mouth, thinking problems, strange dreams, heart palpitations, overly excited or anxious (at high doses), liver toxicity (also high doses over a long period), and possible addiction with withdrawal effects if suddenly stopped.28
There is another, more hidden side effect of taking valerian (or any herbal supplement): lead and other heavy metal contamination. ConsumerLab.comcompared clinical analysis of several commercial brands of valerian, and found that not only did some contain amounts ofvalerenic acids that were too low to be clinically effective, they also contained unacceptable amounts of lead29
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain, which helps regulate our sleep/waking cycles (called circadian rhythms). The pineal gland produces more melatonin as light diminishes at the end of a day, and decreases the amount of melatonin as the light gets brighter in the morning.
During winter, when the days are shorter, the body may produce more melatonin (and earlier in the day) which can result in fatigue or mood changes. However, light alone isn’t the only influencer of melatonin production. Foods such as walnuts, cherries, strawberries, barley, olives, tomatoes, and cow’s milk also naturally contain melatonin, and when we eat them, they can make us begin to feel drowsy or relaxed.30
Regarding effectiveness, once again, there isn’t sufficient evidence to claim that melatonin is clinically effective to relieve insomnia. There is one study that claims improvement in delayed sleep phase syndrome, i.e., it helped people to fall asleep faster.31
But this was only over a short term period, from one to two months. After that, effectiveness was not maintained. Other studies cite that there is simply no conclusive evidence that melatonin is clinically effective,32,33though Americans were projected to spend upwards of $437 million dollars on melatonin supplements in 2017 alone.34
There is some evidence that melatonin is more helpful for disruptions in circadian rhythms, such as jet lag, than actually affecting long standing insomnia, and statements have been made that it simply works for some people but not others and one just needs to try it out.35
Melatonin is generally regarded as safe when taken short term in small doses, however concern is on the rise. According to one source:
“While short-term use (a few months or less) of melatonin is thought to be safe in healthy adults, it can boost blood sugar, so it is not recommended for people with diabetes. Taking too much can also lead to bad dreams and grogginess the next day, and it can make many drugs less effective, including high blood pressure medications, seizure medications, and birth control pills.
Because dietary supplements are not regulated as much as prescription drugs, quality can vary wildly from bottle to bottle. One recent study found that 71% of melatonin supplements surveyed did not contain exactly what they said on the label. Some had more than four times as much melatonin as indicated, and 26% contained the powerful neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical found in many antidepressant medications.
When it comes to children’s use, concerns abound.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that calls about melatonin have skyrocketed 114% nationwide since 2012, with 79%of the 24,000 calls in 2016 involving children. Parents often call poison control after their children have taken it unintentionally or taken too much. That can lead to nausea, diarrhea, headaches, changes in mood, lasting sleepiness the next day, and bedwetting.”36
Valerian and melatonin are just two of the many supplements and sleep aids people consume to try and get some satisfying rest. Given how many people suffer from sleeplessness (and are purchasing these products), and how many more people may be undiagnosed but suffering just the same begins to shine a light on the massive scope of this issue.
Life Force and Insomnia
Life Force is the subtle, universal energy that infuses all of nature and all of life with vitality and aliveness. It is the living spirit beyond what we see with our two eyes, and flows to us and through us from a higher Source (by whatever name or spiritual tradition), which connects us to our own true, inner blueprint for our life’s journey.
When this connection is lessened, or covered over through emotional trauma or poor conditioning, we begin to suffer – sometimes dramatically. However, the good news is that this deep connection to our Source, and our own deepest inner-beingness, can be restored. We can be uplifted and healed through this Divine reconnection. And often, one of the first things to happen… is restful sleep.
Right about now, you may be asking, how? How does this work and how can I fall into a deep and satisfying sleep?
It begins with a man named Guruji Mahendra Trivedi. The Divine truly blessed this world in 1963 when Guruji was born in a small village in India. Gifted as a child, he went on to be successful in business, though he felt unfulfilled. In 1995, he experienced a deep superconscious awareness in which he was told it was now time to share his gifts with the world.
Guruji has been gifted to not only harness Divine Life Force Energy, he can also transmit it to others. People began to feel better and to heal from all manner of illnesses and emotional pain as a result of receiving his Blessings. Their very consciousness began to rise, giving new perception, recognition and optimization of gifts and talents, more energy and revitalized health, and an overall deeper happiness and gratitude to the God of their own Understanding. This miraculous phenomenon came to be known as The Trivedi Effect®.
The Trivedi Effect® Energy has been studied, measured, and documented in numerous scientific experiments in the areas of human health and wellness (including cancer), agriculture, materials science, plant genetics, biotechnology, microbiology and microbial genetics, livestock, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. Over 4000 experiments in all have been conducted so far, with more on the way. And the results of these experiments are astounding scientists all over the world. In one study related to cancer, it was discovered that not only did The Trivedi Effect® kill the cancerous cells, it simultaneously supported the healthy cells.37This experiment proved beyond doubt that this Divine Energy is independently Intelligent, and knows exactly what to support and what not to support.
Many people to date who have received Life Force Energy Transmissions have fallen into bed at night, exhausted – but instead of tossing and turning and getting more and more upset, they drift into a deep and dreamless sleep, then awaken the next morning refreshed and truly rested.
There are no negative side effects, and no restrictions on how much of this Life Force Energy one can receive. Becoming more deeply connected to the God of one’s own internal Understanding can bring a rich and deep peace, calmness, clarity, and joyfulness in life again. If there is any side effect, it is a positive one called The Ripple Effect. This is where the Life Force Energythat one receives overflows and spills out into one’s environment, positively affecting those in one’s home and work space.
If you suffer from insomnia, know there is a new solution available today that can help you sleep better tonight.
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