Treatments for Insomnia
Insomnia can be a very difficult and
frustrating problem, and it can have a significant impact on your health. Many people fear that prescription
medications or over-the-counter sleep aids are the only methods available to manage insomnia, but there are
several natural treatments that can help.
Why Is Insomnia a Problem?
Experts say that if it's a chronic
problem, then yes - it can be a big deal. For one thing, insomnia can be a symptom of a serious disorder known
as sleep apnoea. Left untreated, insomnia is implicated in many disorders, including:
* Impaired cognitive function
(particularly decision making)
* Cardiovascular disease (high blood
pressure, heart disease)
* Impaired immune
Are There Natural Options?
There are, thankfully, quite a few
natural methods for dealing with insomnia. Many people find relief in herbal remedies, lifestyle adjustments,
and exercise. Once you've checked with your health care provider about possible medical causes for your
insomnia, you might try some of these natural treatments for insomnia.
1. Herbal Remedies: Herbal teas
and supplements are said to be a gentle and effective way of bringing on sleep. Herbs with a reputation for
promoting sleep include the following:
* Chamomile - This is a
long-held remedy for sleeplessness that is exacerbated by nervousness and anxiety. Drinking a cup of chamomile
tea in the evenings before bed may be all you need - but it can have a slight diuretic effect, so drinking a cup
an hour or so before bed might work better. You may also find it beneficial to drink it throughout the day, hot
or cold, or mixed with other beverages.
* Valerian Root - It makes an
unpleasant tea, but many people have had significant success with taking valerian root capsules. Valerian is a
* Lemon Balm - In contrast to
valerian, lemon balm tastes very good and makes a lemony tea. Like chamomile, drinking a cup in the evenings may
help promote sleep. You could mix it with chamomile tea as well.
2. Lifestyle Changes: Insomnia
can sometimes be managed by making adjustments to your lifestyle. Here are some ideas.
* Exercise regularly. This is one of the best ways to
get your body into balance and help you relax at night. If you exercise constantly and exert yourself by working hard
in any physical activity, you will fall asleep easier. Even though you work hard, if your job is mental in nature,
you still need a good workout every single day. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be as hard as you may initially
think, and it should not be at night. Try doing your workout as early in the day as you can so that you can be
sleepy at night. Work out for at least 30 to 40 minutes at moderate intensity.
* Cut out caffeine, even if you think
you need it every day.
* If you smoke, quit - smokers tend to
have more sleep problems than non-smokers, sources report.
* Cut back on sugar, artificial colors,
preservatives, and artificial flavors. These substances have been implicated in hyperactivity and other mood and