There is often a correlation between the causes of the symptoms listed above and sleeping disorders. An examination and treatment geared toward causes is thus invaluable. External impairments caused by the environment or personal behaviour can largely only be altered by the individual. These include disruptions to sleep caused by heat and stuffy bedrooms, excessive eating late in the evening, excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, and others.
Fever, after-effects of surgery, pain, ingestion of strong medications/antibiotics may be the cause of acute sleeping issues. These can be specifically treated with individual measures, especially if the causes of the acute sleeping issues are apparent. Western specialist medicine has means of treating this.
People affected by sleeping disorders often list worry, stress and mental problems as the reasons for their sleeping issues. Eastern and Western medicine agree. However, many people undergoing stress also have no problems sleeping. Even in extreme situations such as wartime, stress does not necessarily cause sleeping disorders.
TCM pays somewhat greater consideration than Western specialist medicine to organ function disorders potentially playing a role in sleeping disorders. For example, TCM textbooks show that a spleen and kidneys that function in a good and balanced manner are highly significant for falling asleep and sleeping through the night.
Sleeping disorders were classified in TCM accordingly. Imbalance manifests as fullness (“too much”) and/or deficiency (“too little”). In the language of TCM, “too much” is referred to as “heat” or “fire”, affecting the heart and liver. A deficiency of yin in the heart, kidneys and gallbladder, and splenic blood deficiency indicate “too little” for the organs to function in a balanced way.
However, the relationship between sleeping disorders and digestive disorders is not properly identified by traditional Chinese medicine or Western specialist medicine. Because if one analyses the treatment instructions of TCM for organ disorders, one learns that sleeping disorders have physical pre-existing illnesses with connections that lie in the metabolism and digestive system.
It is known in Western specialist medicine that infections are significantly involved in these disorders. Unfortunately it is not common for this knowledge to be considered in medical diagnoses and treatment.
Insight from specialist medicine and TCM must be consolidated in order to properly interpret these correlations. Normamed’s cause-based medicine provides the foundation for this, further develops the medicine of both cultures and thus creates new possibilities for diagnosis and treatment.