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
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Salt Need
  • Magnesium Need
  • Copper Toxicity

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:
being anxious/nervous
unresolved traumatic memories
high alcohol consumption
history of adolescent acne
angry/hostile disposition
tender calf muscles
hyperactivity
heroin/morphine use
antianxiety drug use
ovarian cysts
past LSD use
minor nail biting
... and more than 120 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
Magnesium Need 98% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 24% Unlikely
Insomnia 20% Unlikely
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% Ruled out
Salt Need 0% Ruled out
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 0% Ruled out
Copper Toxicity 0% 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 Insomnia (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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