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Insomnia: recent studies show genetic role

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According to a new finding from  Science Daily:

An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. With this finding the researchers have taken an important step towards the unravelling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. In addition, the finding proves that insomnia is not, as is often claimed, a purely psychological condition.

These 7 genes associated with insomnia, which play a role in the process where DNA is read in order to make an RNA copy of it, and exocytosis, the release of molecules by cells in order to communicate with their environment. One of the identified genes, MEIS1, has previously been related to two other sleep disorders: Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS) and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

The researchers also found a strong genetic overlap with other traits, such as anxiety disorders, depression and neuroticism, and low subjective wellbeing. “This is an interesting finding, because these characteristics tend to go hand in hand with insomnia. We now know that this is partly due to the shared genetic basis,” says neuroscientist Anke Hammerschlag.

Professor Van Someren, specialized in sleep and insomnia, believes that the findings are the start of a path towards an understanding of insomnia at the level of communication within and between neurons, and thus towards finding new ways of treatment.

It is known in holistic health community that PLMS (periodic limb movements of sleep) relates to simple twitching that is caused by stress and RLS (restless leg syndrome RLS) is caused by simple vitamin B depletion, thus can be reversed with simple vitamin B supplementation.  Vitamin B is also called the “stress vitamin” because it eases high stress demand on the body.

Dr. Holford, founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition recommends B6, 600mg of calcium, 400 mg, of magnesium and 100mg of 5-HTP. Holford claims, “calcium and magnesium have a tranquilizing effect as well as vitamin B6 and tryptophan, a protein that is highly effective for insomnia.” (the Optimum Nutrition Bible)

Magnesium and B-vitamins are mandatory for many biological mechanisms (including DNA regeneration and functioning) that must work to prevent insomnia from occurring in the first place, for example magnesium works within our cells — the powerhouses, factories and regulators of the body’s systems. Because it is a necessary part of hundreds of biochemical reactions occurring constantly inside our cells, magnesium’s presence or absence affects the brain, the muscles, and the heart and blood vessels (ancientmineral.com).

This explains Anke Hammerslag comment about how the characteristics of anxiety, depression, and other neurological disorders “tend to go hand in hand with insomnia”; these hundreds of biochemical reactions include various brain activities. Insomnia is not genetic, however it is in our genes to show these symptoms of neurological distress if we are depleted of mandatory vitamins and minerals that the body simply requires!

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