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Medicalizing Sleeplessness

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Saturday, September 17, 2011

“The Medicalization of Sleeplessness: A Public Health Concern” is the title of an article in the August, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Public health. The authors address the fact that sleeplessness is being increasingly diagnosed and medicalized as a disease condition called insomnia. I call it “creating the disease and offering the cure.”

To come to this conclusion they examined the trend in sleeplessness complaints, diagnoses, and prescriptions of sedative hypnotics in doctor’s office visits from 1993 to 2007.

They found that complaints and insomnia diagnoses increased over time and were far outpaced by prescriptions for sedative hypnotics. They conclude that “insomnia may be a public health concern, but potential overtreatment with marginally effective, expensive medications with nontrivial side effects raises definite population health concerns.”

What do you do instead of taking sleeping pills? Magnesium? Clay baths?

Actually, it’s more than just taking a pill, even if it is magnesium. And more than just detoxing, even if it is clay. Magnesium and clay will definitely help but what if you’re not sleeping because you have a lot of electrical appliances in your bedroom that irritate your brain. A member of Completement Now! told me she hadn’t slept well for a year until she discovered the electrical box for new house was in her bedroom. She took the advice of Module 4 in my program and shuts off her electricity at night. You can obtain that module as well as Modules 1-3 for free by signing up for this newsletter.

Yes, it’s much more than just taking a pill to knock you out! What if the sugar you eat before bedtime keeps you awake? What if there is too much light coming into your bedroom at night? What if your stress hormones kick in at night and keep you awake? Sure, magnesium can help, and that’s where I start but I’d also advise you to look into your lifestyle.

To make it easy for you to modify your lifestyle I spent two years developing an online wellness program that holds you hand and shows you the way to a healthy life. In the month of September, for the bargain of a lifetime sign up for Kathi Casey’s free “Ultimate Back Care Summit – Natural Healing with 7 Masters” where you can click on my Special Offer and join my 2-year, Completement Now! program. It’s only $97.00 instead of $240.00. For a short time only and for a limited number of new members, with Kathi’s offer, you get all 104 modules for less than a dollar apiece! It’s an incredible deal for a life-changing product.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReMyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

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