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
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Insomnia
  • Dehydration

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:
dark areas under eyes
ovarian cysts
major fatigue for over 12 months
history of adult allergies
low alcohol consumption
being easily irritated
moderate alcohol consumption
antianxiety drug use
bowel movement changes
short-term memory failure
moderate epigastric pain
tongue swelling
... and more than 160 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
Dehydration 99% Confirm
Magnesium Need 26% Unlikely
Insomnia 15% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 4% Ruled out
Copper Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 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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