New Methods of Fighting Insomnia

As someone who occasionally suffers from insomnia, my interest was piqued by this article in Elephant Journal. The article explains a study that suggests that shutting down a region of the brain called the Default Mode Network (DMN) could be the key to getting a good night’s sleep.

The DMN is largely responsible for our internal chatter and meandering thoughts. When we are not consciously thinking of meaningful things, the DMN goes on autopilot and continues to produce less meaningful thoughts.

I am curious what the evolutionary purpose of the DMN might be. It would be much easier to be in the moment and to be fully aware of our surroundings without it. The ability to be present and enjoy experiences without feeling self-conscious or experiencing a mind that wanders and pulls us away from the moment would be heightened. However, I suppose that is the function of meditation.

The article suggests writing down one’s worries before bed and tuning into a white noise, like the sound of a fan or a CD that plays rainforest sounds. I already turn on a fan when I go to bed, as white noise was suggested to me years ago. It is more difficult for me to fall asleep without it, though I still have trouble even with it turned on. I am certainly willing, though, to try to tune into the noise more fully. I will also write down anything that is worrying me before bed, and I will review my experience next week.

What methods help you fall asleep?


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Jo S.
Jo S2 years ago

Thank you Sarah.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage s5 years ago


Julia R.
Julia R5 years ago

I find this DMN very interesting and I think that meditation should help quiet this part of the brain as well as deep breathing exercises!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Loo Samantha
Loo s5 years ago


Bev Minto
Bev B5 years ago

I've suffered with insomnia for nearly 7 years - it all started when my marriage started to fall apart & is now such a deeply entrenched part of my life, that I doubt I'll ever sleep properly again. I've tried EVERYTHING, from the utterly ridiculous to doctor prescribed medication. I either can't fall asleep, I wake up & can't return to sleep, wake early, or all three sometimes, especially when I have to be up for work!
One thing that does help is the white noise. I live in a noisy neighbourhood so I started using a relaxation CD & doing deep breathing. This progressed to soft music & it does help, although I'm not 'cured'. I also use an eye mask & ear plugs & I'd kill to just be able to sleep normally. Long term insomnia really does wreck your life.

Marianne Good
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

SuSanne P.
SuSanne P5 years ago


Pepe Pops
Calliope Muse5 years ago

Melatonin is good,if you combine it with Gaba and L Doba (the natural thingie from Mucuna the plant) for hard cases..
Lighter cases 5 mgms of Melatonin is enough for a good night sleep..the trick is that it needs darkness cause our brain can only produce melatonin during the absolute black of take the pill hydrate and to the bed..
Pasi Flora tea is very strong too..not in sachets,the real deal..with Valerian even better..
And if you are really desperate or just sleepless add 100 mgms of 5-htp to the coctail..
only with empty stomach..
All legit and in the market.