Sleeping Well Through The Corona Nightmare

Published on July 2, 2020

A lot of us have anxiety and fear for our futures. Maybe all of us do unless we have billions, underground shelters to run to, and years of food stored for the hard times ahead. With the pandemic has come insecurity and even confusion about who to trust and who to ignore. Depression and suicides are rising as are psychotropic drug usage, which has shown an 84 percent increase in sales in the United States. Some doctors in California have even said they are seeing more suicides than virus victims.

In January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change. As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. As the world embraced the fear and panic coronavirus narratives that led countries to destroy businesses, force everyone to hide in their homes and make sure that no one gets close to anyone else, stress is going off the Rictor scale.

Communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events
respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal
social functioning of the community is least disrupted.”

Donald Henderson

Everything is changing around us, and none of it for the better for most of us. The lockdowns took a sledgehammer to life, and that includes our mental and emotional states of being. The devastation of small businesses, careers, livelihoods, households, and futures continues. Violence is on the rise, civil strife, even civil war threatens as many go over the deep end. It seems like mass insanity as the wheels come off our collective lives. No doubt, many more are losing sleep.

According to a 2008 survey[1]of 1137 employed U.S. adults, most Americans were already losing sleep over the news of a declining economy, increased cost of food and energy, rising unemployment, mortgage foreclosures and plunging home values. The study said 9 of 10 respondents were losing sleep over economic turmoil. The vicious cycle of financial stress, lack of sleep, diminished immunity, and magnesium depletion, which is a serious cause of cancer and insomnia, is fully evident in the medical literature. The problem, and cancer rates, are continuing to get worse as the stress mounts and magnesium deficiencies continue to deepen.

We Need to Sleep Well

Lack of sleep can cause every problem imaginable, including death by viral infections. Sleep is pivotal for human health, well-being, and longevity. Rest is a potent elixir of wellness and vitality. Insufficient sleep, on the contrary, has devastating consequences, including setting us up for cancer and other serious diseases. Many adults in the developed world have chronic insomnia, and cancer patients are particularly prone to it, researchers note. Even though sleep disorders bring on worse outcomes for cancer patients, oncologists have not offered a clear picture of what to do about it and often make the situation worse.

We need to be healthy, and the best way to maintain our strength is to sleep well. There is a lot to deal with as we are now amid a full-force, totalitarian remolding of our society as the economy continues to contract, threatening the fundamental structure of the entire financial system. However, even before COVID-19, there were already were many are the reasons for sleep disturbances.

The National Sleep Foundation said that half of Americans between the ages of thirteen and sixty-four rarely or never get a good night’s sleep. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of U.S. adults say they do not get the recommended amount of sleep each night. For adults, that’s at least seven hours a night. Poor sleep affects everything.

“No one enjoys the desperation that sometimes can surround trying to get to sleep. The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century,” said Matthew Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkeley and author of the best-selling book Why We Sleep. Dr. Walker goes as far as arguing that the lack of shut-eye is a slow form of self-euthanasia.

Bret Hartman wrote, “Everyone is obsessed with sleep. And they know they’re not getting enough—hence the growing demand for sleeping pills. The FDA estimated that almost 30 million prescriptions of three drugs were filled in the USA in 2018, none of which addresses any of the causes of sleep disturbances.

Sleep disturbances are associated with aberrant patterns of cortisol secretion, such as those found in insomnia, which is known to significantly depress the immune system, particularly the cells of the immune system responsible for mounting a defense against tumors.When we don’t sleep, our bodies produce fewer natural killer (N.K.) cellsand less melatonin, both of which can be implicated in increasing our risk of cancer. N.K. cells our in the front lines of our immune defenses. Sleep deprivation is also known to cause inflammation, which is one of the primary causes and characteristics of cancer. Cancer or no inflammation is a severe precondition that makes viral infections worse.

Without sufficient sleep, our bodies make fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye.

Pharmaceuticals Vs. Magnesium, Medical Marijuana, and Infrared Sleep Therapy

Taking pharmaceutical sleeping pills do not resolve the issues of sleep disturbances. People are increasingly harming themselves with sleep drugs, many of which contain  “Black box” warning labels are required for brand name drugs, including Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien, among others, to caution patients about their possible side effects. Eszopiclone, zaleplon, and zolpidem are insomnia medications that help patients fall asleep or stay asleep easier by slowing brain activity, the FDA said, but hidden in the box are highly disruptive and dangerous side effects for some the morning after use.

“If you take sleeping pills, you will bring yourself into sleep mode, you will succeed in getting yourself into bed and shutting off the light, but in the morning you are not the same person. You don’t function. The number of pills I need in order to fall asleep will turn me into a zombie the next day. My brain is erased; people speak to me, but I don’t function. How can you live like that? How can you work like that, study, go out of the house, communicate with people?”

The newest generation of sleep aids causes strange side effects, including sleepwalking and short-term amnesia. Ambien, the nation’s best-selling prescription sleeping pill, shows up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. Steven Wells quit using the drug Ambien after becoming concerned after several episodes in which he woke up to find he had messily raided the refrigerator and after an incident in which he tore a towel rack out of a wall.

Magnesium Deficiency and Sleep Disturbance.

We find none of these side effects when taking magnesium to help one relax and sleep. Animals placed on magnesium-deficient diets will commonly develop disorganized sleep and periods of wakefulness.[2] Sleep problems occur more frequently in adults as they age, making it increasingly difficult to deal with stress. Magnesium supplementation partially reverses age-related sleep abnormalities.[3] Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a significant role in the functioning of the muscular-skeletal system. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax, providing a calming effect that allows for more profound relaxation and better sleep.

We have already seen how magnesium deficiencies can cause cancer. Now we are looking at how those same deficiencies can cause sleep disorders, which then also can lead to cancer. Recently I published on how essential magnesium can be for COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Insomnia is one of the central, or neurotic, symptoms of chronic magnesium deficiency. A number of parasomnias (night terrors, nocturnal verbal and motor automatisms, restless leg syndrome) are highly correlated to magnesium deficiency. When we lose magnesium, we lose sleep, and then we lose our balance emotionally, and then depression or hyperactivity can set in.

In a study by Dr. W. Davis, MD, 99% of his patients who used magnesium chloride had rapidly induced uninterrupted sleep. Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a means of combating insomnia. The researcher reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and that waking tiredness disappeared in 99% of the patients. Also, anxiety and tension diminished during the day.[4]

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a significant role in the functioning of the muscular-skeletal system. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax, providing a calming effect that allows for more profound relaxation and better sleep. The more stress, the more our sleep suffers. The more stress, the more magnesium we burn through. Thus, the more we need.

According to government data, 68% of Americans do not consume the recommended intake of magnesium, and 19% of Americans do not consume even half of the recommended intake. Yet sites like Healthline misinforms the public saying, “It’s rare to have a true magnesium deficiency, but certain conditions such as gastrointestinal disease, diabetes, and pancreatitis can upset the body’s magnesium balance.”

“I have had restless legs every night for the past 45 years. The severity has gradually increased over the years and has led to several visits to the doctor. I have been on four different medications, none of which helped. On a whim, I bought a bottle of magnesium spray oil from the chemist and have been using this twice a day on knees and calves. I have also started taking a magnesium supplement. My RLS symptoms have almost completely disappeared. I still feel twinges in the evenings, but they do not last more than a few minutes. I apply the oil as needed. It stings a bit and dries the skin, but the disappearance of this wretched condition more than makes up for any temporary discomfort.”

Breathing Retraining Will Help You Sleep

There are simple breathing techniques that help one fall asleep quickly. Most do not know it, but in reality, we can use our breath as an ally in good health and sleep. Soviet and Russian MDs found the following relationship between automatic (or unconscious) breathing patterns (how you breathe during sleep), the morning results for the body-oxygen test, and the quality and natural duration of sleep.

Body oxygen
test result
of sleep
of sleep
>26 breaths/min <10 s Often >10 hours Often very poor
15-26 breaths/min 10-20 s Often >9 hours Often poor
12-20 breaths/min 20-40 s 6-8 hours Insomnia possible
7-12 breaths/min 40-80 s 4 hours Excellent
5 breaths/min 2 min 3 hours Excellent
3 breaths/min 3 min 2 hours Excellent

One can test one’s breathing by counting how many breaths we take a minute and also test our control pause, how long we can hold our breath after we breathe out. These tests together can tell us more about our health or state of disease than most other tests and are especially important because they point the way to what we can do to effect changes in our physiology.

Medical Marijuana

It is interesting to see that, like magnesium, cannabis can be used to treat cancer as well as sleep disorders. In September of 2010, the New York Times reported that “People with chronic pain who took just a puff of marijuana three times a day got some mild pain relief and, with rare exceptions, did so without getting high,” a Canadian study reported. The patients, who suffered from persistent nerve damage that did not respond to other pain drugs, also reported better sleep and less anxiety.”

A patient with PTSD, who takes marijuana, said she now shuns the array of medicines and sleeping pills she took because of the side effects. “If you take sleeping pills, you will bring yourself into sleep mode, you will succeed in getting yourself into bed and shutting off the light, but in the morning you are not the same person. You don’t function. The number of pills I need in order to fall asleep will turn me into a zombie the next day. My brain is erased; people speak to me, but I don’t function. How can you live like that? How can you work like that, study, go out of the house, communicate with people?”

BioMats for Better Sleeping


Far infrared bedding is comfortable, warm, and bathes your body in far-infrared rays. Far infrared improves circulation, enhances the immune system, improves the skin, and will help put you to sleep. Everyone I know who has one loves BioMats, and many people sleep on them every night. Most people can’t imagine life without them after they have one. Ninety-five percent of people experience pain reduction, relaxation, rejuvenation, and mental and emotional ease in just 15 minutes.

“One day, a friend introduced me to the BioMat. After I lay down for about 30 minutes, my back pain was relieved. I have been using the BioMat for one good month now, and all of my symptoms are alleviated. I have a good sleep, and my sinus problems are gone. My blood pressure is normal, and my hair has stopped falling out also.”

Mila J.
Chicago, IL

A BioMat will put you to sleep faster than just about anything else. You can sleep on them all night at low settings for deep relaxation, warmth, and comfort, as you regenerate cellular energies all night. Instead of taking valuable time out of your day to do far infrared therapy, you can make good use of sleep while promoting healthy relaxed sleeping patterns.


It is looking more likely now that the U.S. economy will go into hibernation again, whether by lockdown or just plain fear. Even if not, the worst of the damage has probably already been done. The dominoes are all lined up for another financial collapse, so we must begin to prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. Deep restful sleep will help with that without a doubt.

Over the last week, many governors have reinstituted coronavirus policy implementations, which had been in various phases of cessation because of an alleged “spike” in new COVID-19 infections. Other states have abbreviated their phased lifting of lockdowns. This is despite the fact that current U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are now 90% off their peak. Not so much to fear from the virus but a lot to worry about from where medical officials are leading us and from the economic carnage that is sweeping life as we know it from us.

[1] ComPsych Corp-Reuters Oct. 27, 2008

[2] Neuropsychobiology 27: 237–45, 1993

[3] Pharmacopsychiatry 35: 135–43, 2002

[4] W.H. Davis and F. Ziady, “The Role of Magnesium in Sleep”, Montreal Symposium, 1976


Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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