Fight or Flight & Insomnia


Fight or fight response is like confronting a lion.Fight or Flight & Insomnia

The fight or flight response prepares your body to fight the lion or take to flight.  As long as the lion is chasing you, it is not in your best interest to feel sleepy or even think about sleep.  Instead, your body is set for action and will not relax and allow sleep to ensue until the fight or flight response has passed.

Fight or Flight & Insomnia: Coming Out of the Fight or Flight Response

Head and shoulders mid age couple sleepingTo come out of the fight or flight response you must think about something that does not provoke you and cause you to get tensed up like you are ready to fight or take to flight.  It will also be helpful to lay on your bed for a while.  This will allow the blood to leave your arms and legs and return to your internal organs causing the fight or flight response to pass. Try some calm and soothing music, a silly movie or a relaxing conversation with a loved one while you lay down for a while.

Fight or flight & Insomnia: Soothing Your Adrenal Glands

Soothing your adrenal glands may be necessary to come out of the fight or flight response and stop the insomnia.  Ginseng, Licorice, B vitamins and Vitamin C are all needed to sooth the adrenal glands.  Note that the licorice needs to be used with caution if you have high blood pressure as it may make your blood pressure higher.

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Fight or Flight & Insomnia: References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight-or-flight_response

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