Difficulty Falling Asleep

What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose insomnia, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "insomnia" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Food Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Magnesium Need
  • Salt Need
  • Dehydration
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
low TSH
morning stiffness without pain
frequent runny nose
sexual abuse during childhood
jumpiness
dark urine color
hot flashes during & after period
strong-smelling urine
metallic taste in mouth
history of panic attacks
excess nose/throat mucus
high alcohol consumption
... and more than 180 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of insomnia:
Cause Probability Status
Salt Need 98% Confirm
Anxiety 29% Unlikely
Food Allergies 26% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 1% Ruled out
Dehydration 1% Ruled out
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 1% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 1% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate sleeping-related problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally
→ Often
→ Very often / always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either difficulty falling asleep or frequent difficulty falling asleep, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Magnesium Requirement

Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include fatigue, anorexia, irritability, insomnia, and muscle tremors or twitching.

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