Poor sleep is a common problem and may consist of –

  • Difficulty in falling off to sleep
  • Light sleep with frequent awakening
  • Unpleasant dreams or nightmares
  • Early morning awakening (typically anywhere between 1am and 5am) with inability to go back to sleep

Causes of insomnia –

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Menopausal problems with a lack of oestrogen causing hot flushes
  • Painful conditions interfering with sleep
  • Noisy and/or uncomfortable sleeping environment
  • Bladder and/or prostate gland dysfunction resulting in the need for frequent urination during the night
  • Snoring and/or sleep apnoea (failure to breathe), which can be diagnosed in a Sleep Disorders Clinic
  • Restless legs and leg cramps

Insomnia Juice

  • 2 to 3              large outer leaves of lettuce
  • 1                      whole pear or 1 apple
  • 1                      carrot
  • 1                      sweet potato (Kumara)
  • 1/4 – 1/2       medium bulb of fennel
  • 1                      grapefruit
  1. Wash, trim and chop and pass through juicer. Drink half a litre daily, with half in the morning and half in the late afternoon.
  2. Lettuce contains natural opiates, which help to relax the body
  3. Fennel is a carminative (natural calming agent)
  4. Vitamin C found in citrus fruits, aids breathing and oxygenation of the tissues during the night


Note: Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, sugar, sweet foods and alcohol during the evening, and avoid drinking excess water during the 2 hours before bed.


If hot flushes are disturbing your sleep – ??

Useful supplements –

Eat some protein before retiring to keep blood sugar levels stable during the night – some protein powder or some raw nuts or seeds, or a can of tuna will do the trick.

Magnesium tablets – 2 twice daily – I call magnesium the “great relaxer”.

A herbal tea containing hops and chamomile with a tsp of honey.

A tablet containing the following combination:-

– B-group vitamins

– The herb hypericum (St Johns Wort) is helpful for depression

– Magnesium, zinc, selenium and chromiuminsomnia