Insomnia Issue of ICCM Journal
The Latin word insomnia which originates from the 17th century means “sleeplessness”. A person who suffers from this ancient phenomenon finds it hard to fall asleep or to stay asleep for a few hours in a row. Lack of sleep affects not only the level of tiredness and daily functioning but also disturbs the activity of several of the body’s physiological systems, mainly the nervous system. During sleep, different processes like learning and memory take place in the brain. Researchers have also found in recent years that the body uses sleep to clear out the brain from the neuro-toxic junk that accumulates there during the day (unlike the rest of the body from which the junk is cleared out by the lymphatic system all the time). Interestingly, during sleep the body clears out the waste that was formed as a result of daily thoughts and thoughts also often disturb falling asleep and the clearance process.
In this issue of ICCM journal, we look at insomnia from several angles:
Asaf Zippor tells about a person who finds it hard to fall asleep;
Pnina Droyan writes about an autistic child and his mother, both suffering from Insomnia for different reasons,
Tal Bello writes about treating insomnia using two formulas taken from the book “Jisheng Fang”;
Dr. Naveh Tov writes about insomnia from a combined western medicine perspective;
and Dr. Gil Barzilay reviews recent research papers concerning treating insomnia via Chinese Medicine tools.
We wish you a pleasant reading and a long good night’s sleep!
Shiraz Kalir, Ph.D.
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