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Insomnia: Why can’t I sleep when I’m tired?

It’s 4:12am and you are awake again just like the night before and the night before that, your alarm is set for 6am and you are wide awake but exhausted. Why does this happen?

Perhaps you are stressed out, after all your thoughts are racing about things you should be doing during the waking hours, things you need to get done, and regrets from the past.

It is a well known fact that the body needs restful sleep in order to regenerate cells, and this occurs during REM sleep. In fact one of the first indicators of ill health is waking up during the night.
A healthy body sleeps straight through the night. Perhaps you think “I drank too much water the night before and I had to get up to pee”. This is a common thought but it isn’t the reason you get up at night. Consider that when you were a child you slept through the night fine despite the fact that you were probably well hydrated.

What time of the night are you waking up?

Actually the exact time you find yourself waking up means something specific. So pay attention to the time. The following is a quick reference to what organ systems may struggling and need support.
Between 11:00pm and 1:00am

If you find yourself having a hard time getting to sleep between 11pm and 1am, for example you are making mental lists of things you have to do the next day, and your mind is having difficulty turning off and winding down this is an early sign of Gallbladder problems. Other symptoms that people might be experiencing are loud bowel sounds, diarrhea about 15-20 minutes after eating a meal and sensitivity to milk products.

Between 1:00am and 3:00 am

If you wake up between the hours of 1-3am for example at 2:06am every morning, it’s like the witching hour, that’s a Liver toxicity issue. If you are taking prescription medications this is a common indicator that your liver is having problems breaking down the chemicals and that is exactly why your doctor will have you do bloodwork every 4-6 months. They are looking at your liver enzymes because medications are toxic to the liver and if you find yourself aware at this time of the night it is your liver that requires support. Also common for people who are awake between these hours is generalized muscle aches and pains, joints cracking such as the ankles when they walk. This is because the toxins have accumulated to such a degree that it has started to lodge into the tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The result can be joint pain and many times these people will have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but it’s really a situation of liver toxicity.


What about 4am? This is a consequence of adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are the organs that manage stress in our bodies, they are in charge of the fight or flight response. And just like a light switch cannot be both on or off at the same time, if the adrenal switch is turned on you will find yourself in flight or fight mode ALL of the time. These people are chronically tired, by the early afternoon hours they are exhausted. These are the folks who require a Starbucks Carmel macchiato just to push themselves through to the end of their work day. Their ability to handle stressful situations is also compromised. They will often breakdown emotionally or have an exaggerated response to stressful situations. They may have been previously diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. These are the people that get home after work and crash on the couch. They have used up all of their energy to make it through the work day, and they have no energy left to give to their families when they get home from work, they are merely existing, not really living.

Often women who have had hysterectomies will find themselves awake around the 4am hour. This is because the female organs are the backup system for the adrenal glands, and if the uterus and ovaries are gone it puts all the burden on the adrenal glands.

Between 3:00am and 5:00am

If you wake up at 5am, without an alarm or even on the weekends, this is an indicator of prostate problems in men and bladder issues in women. More specifically, men will wake up between the hours of 3-5am to urinate. Hesitation at the urinal, having to wait before urination stream starts, or a decrease in the force with which the urine exits are indicators of prostate problems. Down the line it can lead to erectile dysfunction but the first sign is getting up between the hours of 3-5am.

For women who get up at around 5am it is an indication of bladder insufficiency. Often these women will also have pain in the bottoms of their feet when they get up out of bed, many will believe it’s plantar fasciitis or a foot problem but it’s not related to the feet. They may experience cramping in the toes, have bunions or other foot problems, and if this isn’t addressed the symptoms will progress to where when they laugh, sneeze or cough they will urinate. Contrary to popular belief that bladder leakage is due to having children, this is not the case as many women who have never even been pregnant will also suffer from incontinence and the first symptom of this problem is waking up at 5am to pee.

Healthy people will sleep straight through the night, and if you are not sleeping pay attention to the time you wake up. The body always gives us indications of stress and imbalance. What I have outlined in this article are the initial stages of abnormalities occurring in the body. If you have had organs removed such as the gallbladder or appendix there will be shifts that happen as your body tries to correct the imbalances and other systems will try to compensate for the loss of that organ. Remember our bodies are like an ecosystem, everything works in harmony.

This article is designed to assist you in identifying connections of symptoms which may otherwise not have been known. The key reasons why you are not getting restful sleep may be a vitamin deficiency, organ imbalance, structural situation or a combination of related factors.I have tried to illustrate the most common reasons why insomnia may be occurring. It is always best to have a detailed discussion related to your specific health circumstances for example you may be getting up multiple times throughout the night and for this reason it is important to find out what was the first domino to fall in the chain. Figuring out exactly what is causing the insomnia is possible and the sooner it can be identified the sooner you can get your beauty rest.

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