Family History of Insomnia and Sleeplessness: Underlying Causes That May be Affecting How You Sleep.

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Family History of Insomnia and Sleeplessness: Underlying Causes That May be Affecting How You Sleep.

sleep: A good nights sleep is an essential part of our wellbeing there are many aspects to getting a good nights sleep on our health. Obviously a lack of sleep will effect our performance, mood and so much more but sometimes there are mechanisms in action that are unclear to us.

Diet: a huge consideration. Diet often play a big part in family dynamics many people often revert back to the diet they were initiated in to when they were young. Some diets are great some not so much lacking in nutrients needed for sleep. For example magnesium which is found in cashew nuts and leafy greens can be lacking in some diets without enough magnesium it can be hard for your body to make melatonin a sleep hormone which we will talk about later.

Family history of sleeplessness: when there is a history of family insomnia and anxiety there is often a genetic abnormality which causes some families to be prone to insomnia, anxiety, schizophrenia and depression.

Two of which are very under rated are pyrroles this is often a genetic disorder in which zinc and B6 are not well absorbed.

Zinc and B6 are used for many processes in the body but some of the most pronounced are serotonin production and GABA production. 

Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin our sleep rhythm hormone.

Another possilbe underlying mechanism could be MTHRF which is a genetic inability to convert folic acid to its active state and this impacts on something called BH4 which stops us from making neurotransmitters like serotonin.

We need serotonin to make melatonin and as previously noted if we don’t make melatonin we don’t sleep properly.

If you need help with your mood or think there is an underlying cause interrupting your sleep call 0412241198 to see how I can help you, a 10min phone appointment is free with no obligation.

Have a happy healthy day.