Advice Needed for Sleep Problem

Posted by Laurin (KC, MO) on 04/21/2007

First I would like to thanks for the site. I have always thought natural remedies were far superior to pharmaceuticals which in some cases cause more problems than they solve.

I would like it if someone could help me with an ongoing problem that no doctor has been able to solve. It started during a period of stress. Although I lived in Florida I would not be able to sleep unless I got 30-60 minutes of sunlight- pretty much classic SAD. After a period of this, one day something seemed to switch in my brain. I seemed to get "alert" when I was exposed to sunlight and I would stay awake in this awake state for days. Naturally this seemed to be a type of mania so I began to take fish oil capsules and I think it was good but it didn't solve the problem. At this point I went to numerous doctors who prescribed many different types of pills but either they did not work or the side effects were intolerable. I had several tests run also.

A psychologist friend of mine said he did not think I had bipolar as I never had any of the behavioral effects such as mood changes, wild spending or other type sprees. Just this hyper alert state that kept me from sleeping. He suggested that I might have some type of thyroid disorder. My thyroid test came back clear so the drs ruled that out. Meanwhile I was allergic to iodine and would get terrible hives if I ingested anything with large quantities. This was several years back and I was avoiding iodine all these years. Now I have learned to cope with the light problem by avoiding blue light with amber sunglasses which helps. But then my hair started to fall out like crazy.

After much reading and prayer I found that I was greatly iodine deficient. (I worried about that in the beginning but my doctors did not seem to care about that so I just let it go until my hair began to fall out.) Again after much prayer I learned that I could absorb iodine on my scalp and "no hives." So I began to take a few drops of iodine on my scalp each day and immediately my scalp stops tingling and hair loss greatly reduced. The problem is that also seems to rev up my brain and put me back in the hyper alert state. Now I seem to be faced with either cutting back on the iodine so I can sleep which also allows my hair to fall out or working to replace the iodine in my system and helping my thyroid which cause me to go for days and days without sleep which I am doing now.

Since I have had this sleep problem for years (roughly 99-00) I have tried every single sleep remedy you could suggest. Herbs, aminos, hot baths, sound masking, deep breathing, and many, many more. Yet the problem seems to be the switch in the brain. It is hard for me to get to sleep and it is hard for me to wake up. My brain can't seem to change modes by itself although now it seems even more sensitive in that almost anything will put it on hyper state and I have found almost nothing to calm it down. (Even the hydrogen peroxide in nostrils or drank seemed to put it on high drive.) I realize this has been long and I tried to cover the topic without too much detail yet I know I left some things out like my eating habits, etc. (semi veg) and many assorted treatments I have tried through the years. But any ideas or advice would be appreciated.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

The pineal glands control the sleep cycles, usually calcification of the pineal gland can lead to insomnia, in which case 8 teaspoon of lime juice freshly squeezed and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day befor sleep should remove that. It tends to remove excess tissue calcium from the body restoring the normal sleep cycle. However, to normalize glandular functions this should be alternated with apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

The other issue is vitamin B deficiency can often lead to sleeplessness. A good vitamin B complex where B1, B2, B3, B6, B5, B8 is about 100 mg, and B12, folic acid is about 100 mcg.

Check your urinary pH, frequent people with sleeping problems have either urinary pH or salivary pH below 6.0. Ideally a urinary pH and salivary pH should be 7.0

Hair mineral analysis should reveal mineral imbalances. Generally it will be the lack of magnesium and zinc. Since you do not provide enough information with what supplements you tried, I cannot provide a more specific information.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

I had one person with a 10 year insomnia (a U.S. residing here in Thailand) that had followed the baking soda plus lemon remedy for about a couple of weeks and the insomnia was cured. Citrates normalizes excess serum calcium, which may result in clotting (bringing on heart attacks) and bring on allergies as mycobacterium, and bacteria grows on nanocalcium precipitates in the person's blood (resulting in allergies and hyper or hypo gladular secretions).

The reduction in the calcium of the pineal gland have increased the melatnonin levels naturally and restores the circadium rhythm.

It's an important point that the biological clock are in place, which can restore many health problems. Still both calcium and fluorine is a major part of the calcification and can express themselves whenever the skin loses its natural elasticity and cellular functions, which is seen as the same condition whenever glands and organs has excess calcium and fluorine.

Replied by Louay

Hi Ted,

I would like to try this remedy but wondered if you could clarify a couple of things:

1) I live in London, UK and our water is classified as being very hard (which means it has high levels of naturally occurring calcium and magnesium). Do you think this excess calcium that is in our water could have calcified my pineal gland? I have been suffering from insomnia for many years now. I can fall asleep quite quickly and stay asleep for about 3-4 hours but then spontaneously wake up and struggle to fall back to sleep resulting in me getting up for the day feeling very tired and unrested.

2) In your 1st post above you say, "to normalize glandular functions this should be alternated with apple cider vinegar and baking soda". Do you mean that I should do for example 1 week with 8 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day and then alternate the next week by taking 8 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day? How long should I keep doing this for, until my insomnia clears up or for a specific set amount of time?

3) In your 2nd post above you say, "(a U.S. residing here in Thailand) that had followed the baking soda plus lemon remedy for about a couple of weeks and the insomnia was cured." Did you mean to say lime rather than lemon?

Thanks in advance!

Replied by Louay

Hi Laurin,

I wondered whether you had followed Ted's Lime and Baking Soda sleep remedy and if so did it work for you? If it didn't work at all or not completely, have you found any other good insomnia remedies that have helped you since your original post? Many thanks.