Dealing with the Root of Insomnia

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Insomnia is one of my favorite topics because it is multifaceted. When you experience insomnia, its simply “I can’t sleep”, then the awareness of the affects this will have over the next several hours.

Please see the above illustration of the Chakra system. This pictures shows the location of each one of these energy centers. The Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is located very low in the pelvis, somewhere near the rectum and anus. The Root Chakra is associated with a deep red color. The emotional energy of the Muldhara is usually associated with survival, being on a tribe/family and feeling safe.

In this post, I would like to explore issues that may arise from the Root Chakra, and how this can lead to disrupted sleep.

Diseases at the Root

My list by all means is not exhaustive. Disease that may arise from disrupted energy flow in the root. I include:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Lower back pain from lumbar disc degeneration
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

This list will seem eclectic. My understanding of the Chakra center, blood is affected most by the Root Chakra. Interestingly, some of the common causes of insomnia come from blood disorders.

Anemia, B12 Deficiency, and peripheral neuropathy can all come from blood disorders. Anemia most commonly comes from iron deficiency. B12 deficiency is can cause anemia, but may exist without anemia. Peripheral neuropathy (sometimes called Nerve Pain) may arise as a symptom of anemia, B12 deficiency, or other nutritional deficiency.

The end result of these disorders is overactive nerve endings that tend to hurt, ache and burn at night. Many patients describe sensations such as “marching ants” or “lightening shocks”.

It is easier to relate structural disease like Low Back Pain to the Root Chakra. Low back pain frequently is cause be disruptions in the lumbar disc of vertebra that put pressure on a peripheral nerve.

Mind/Body Connection

Long before I studied Yoga, I patients often presented with “1st Chakra Insomnia”. They typically were experiencing big life changes (marriage, divorce, job change, a move). They may also be experiencing financial stress. These stresses would occur around the same time insomnia would occur. The complaint may present as follows:

“I’m so exhausted at night. As soon as I lay down, I drift off to sleep, then bam, a terrible, lightening pain shoots through my legs and wakes me up”

Assessment and Treatment

For “1st Chakra” insomnia, although the main complaint is I can’t sleep, the ultimate reason must be determined. This requires an extensive workup to determine if an anemia exist, and why. Neurological assessment may be required as well.

What’s Next?

I am working on some very exciting things. Please keep checking back.

As always, much gratitude for your time. Please feel free to leave comments or replies.

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