For years I’ve had trouble sleeping, going to bed between 10 and 11 and waking between 1 and 2, unable to get back to sleep. Two years ago, I went to the sleep clinic at the University of Washington after two months of only an hour or two of sleep each night. The doctor recommended a sleep study; I suggested bloodwork to check for deficiencies or abnormal hormone levels. The doctor agreed to a thyroid test but it came back normal, no other bloodwork was done.
Lately I’ve found that when I take a magnesium supplement, I sleep well. The following article discusses a variety of nutritional deficiencies that can cause insomnia:
November 2008 Update: Earlier this week, I began acupuncture treatments for insomnia. While it’s only been three nights since treatment began, I have noticed that I am sleeping longer and that when I am awake, I’m not WIDE AWAKE. I’ll report again as treatments progress.
May 2016 Update: I’ve noticed that I never competed the story of my acupuncture treatment for insomnia. I had four treatments and with each treatment my sleep improved: after the second treatment I was sleeping four hours per night, after the third I slept six hours per night and after the final treatment I was able to get a full eight hours of sleep. I went into acupuncture as a open-minded skeptic but soon became a truly amazed believer. I am now having good results for irritable bowel after just one treatment and I recommend acupuncture as a safe and effective for many conditions when you may want to avoid the more harmful affects of prescription medication.