General Practitioner recommends natural methods for insomnia

Each year there is a growing number of people who suffers from insomnia. Sleeping five hours or less per night increases our mortality rate from diseases and accidents by 15%.
The quality of sleep is closely related to how people think, act and feel. Eliminating or reducing sleep problems will improve both health and wellbeing. Untreated sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, accidents and in some cases leads to death.

There are many different types of sleep aids for insomnia, including non prescription and prescription medications. However, as a doctor, I will always try to take an holistic and natural approach to reaching a solution due to side effects or short effectiveness of sleeping tablets which are only designed to help bridge the gap for a few weeks. I look to the common factors that play a role in most sleep disturbances. Understanding these factors can help person overcome a sleep problem. These include a Wellsense Insomnia Assessment which seeks to first understand what could be causing sleep difficulties.

Broadly speaking I include the following areas: medical, lifestyle, diet, sleep environment, anxiety and depression in my assessment.

I encourage my patients to keep a Daily Sleep Diary and introduce my 10 rules for improved sleep hygiene. Following my assessment I am in a position to personalize a treatment plan. I normally recommend music as a first stage such as The Alphamusic of John Levine ( I receive excellent feedback with positive results after treatment with this particular music. In summing up, I believe following a prescribed plan to bring back restorative sleep should work best for insomnia sufferers.

Dr Roderick Fahey’s opinion does not stand alone. There are more and more doctors and practitioners who switch to natural methods when trying to fix the patient’s inability such as depression, insomnia, stress or bugs. Using relaxation techniques to ease the stress and dental anxiety level is one of dentist Dr Nader Malik’s, fundamental principles on how to treat each of his patients. Being concerned about the possible negative side effects of dental sedation on both his patients and staff, Dr Malik has incorporated natural drug-free methods such as Levine’s music with exceptional results!

High security dementia wards in Australia and nursing homes in the UK, USA and Ireland are now using alpha relaxation techniques to manage dementia patients and help them stay calm by reducing their agitated state. 


Dr Fahey has practiced as physician since graduating in Medicine in 1984 from National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.  He has a wealth of experience  in healthcare having taken the road less traveled in medicine. Dr Fahey has worked in New York, Wales, Iraq, Liverpool, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Australia, finally settling in his own place, Galway, Ireland.  Prior to establishing his own practice in Portumna, Co Galway, he worked as Medical Director in the Galway Hospice.  His experience gained through his travels, absorbing other cultures and their ways of healing has given him a unique insight into how medicine is practiced throughout the world. His special interests include travel medicine and occupational health. He is a vocal advocate of the new movements in Mindfulness and Wellness. All of which are complementary to his general medical practice.

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