25.04.2015
Chronic insomnia is a fairly common problem, but it is often addressed by prescribing a sleep medication instead of finding and addressing the cause of the insomnia. We’re all familiar with transient insomnia caused by excess caffeine consumption, stress, grief, pain, etc. Thyroid Imbalance:  Many people know that excessive thyroid activity (hyperthyroidism) interferes with sleep, but many people do not realize that insufficient thyroid activity (hypothyroidism) may also cause insomnia. Identify and Address the Cause:  Although it is imperative to get iron levels up using supplements or other approaches, it is also essential to identify why the iron deficiency exists and address the cause. Rescue Sleep calms your restless mind providing natural relief of occasional sleeplessness caused by stress and repetitive thoughts. In my opinion, it is imperative to identify and address the cause of sleep disturbances instead of merely patching the symptom.


Medications for coronary issues, blood pressure, pain, high cholesterol, antidepressants, allergies, stimulants, steroids, decongestants and products for weight loss may interfere with sleep. If the cause can be identified and eliminated or greatly alleviated, the body can more easily restore iron levels to normal levels.
I support the use of sleep medications on a short-term basis during times of insomnia and if other remedies have not been effective, but most of those medications have serious side effects and should only be used when absolutely necessary. Please also be aware the forms of iron most commonly sold in drug stores are difficult to absorb and often cause constipation.
Once you realize your thyroid levels are out of balance, you begin the process of changing medication dosages until the correct dosage is found.
Ferrous sulfate is the most commonly sold form of iron, but is very poorly absorbed and often causes constipation.


Extremely low levels need to be researched in more detail to determine the cause, but are not necessarily an indicator of a terminal condition. Although the symptoms of the various types of anemia may be similar, they each have very distinct causes and cannot be addressed using the same approach.
After having a bone marrow biopsy, the consulting hematologist looked at me and asked why on earth the doctor ordered a bone marrow biopsy instead of investigating the cause and type of anemia first. Unfortunately, many MDs prescribe antidepressant meds to treat the symptoms instead of doing detailed blood work to find the cause of the problems.




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