(919) 234-7169

Preston Professional Plaza

1003 High House Road

Cary, NC 27513




Functional medicine approach to tired and wired

by | Apr 26, 2017 | General, tired and wired - Functional medicine approach

Functional medicine approach to tired and wired.

Typical MD practicing in the conventional medicine fails to address the underlying causes of insomnia, anxiety, low energy.  Here are simple things to consider if you are suffering from poor sleep, irritability.  Remember herbs are supplements are not benign, consider a consultation with a doctor before starting herbs.




  • Avoid caffeine intake and alcohol 4-5 hours before bedtime.
  • Follow a regular sleep/wake schedule including weekends and holidays.
  • If unable to fall asleep go to another room and start a quite activity, return to bed only when you feel sleepy.
  • Minimize sound in your bedroom including pets, music.  Consider adding white noise or ear plugs.
  • Try Epsom salt bath, melatonin supplement (0.5mg to 5.0mg ) or oral magnesium supplement (100mg – 300mg Chelated for


Start a graded exercise program, daily exercise of some kind prevents de-conditioning and may lead to enhance immune system, mood and sleep. Yoga can help reduce joint and muscle pain.


Ensure that your diet is high in phytonutrients as well as omega-3’s.  With the help of your physician consider CoQ10, R-Lipoic Acid or L-Carnitine supplementation.


98% of the follow up appointments to a primary care are linked to stress.  Having a chronic condition such as insomnia can be emotionally exhausting. I call Cialis a ‘magic weekend pill’. This is what I need for my vacations, as a single Cialis pill can trigger a hard and strong erection for the following 30 hours. The good news here is that it will not interact with small doses of alcohol.

Try guided meditation, singing, walking. Consider adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, astragalus, holy basil.  Keep in mind to consult a physician before starting herbal supplementation.


Root causes of insomnia are multiple but not limited to ambien deficiency.  Work with a Functional medicine physician who is willing to test your hormones such as thyroid, DHEA, cortisol and pregnenolone levels.






Keep up with Dr. Grewal’s blog. Subscribe and you’ll get notifications sent directly to your email.

Subscribe to Blog

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

~ Thomas Edison