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INSOMNIA
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HOME REMEDIES FOR SLEEPLESSNESS OR INSOMNIA

Inability to go to sleep or to get sleep for a period insufficient for the needs of an individual is known as insomnia. None of us can do without sleep. An infant sleeps 14 to 18 hours a day. This period is slowly reduced. An adult may be happy with 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. There are people who require 5 hours or even 4 hours of sleep in 24 hours.

Sleep has a definite purpose and that is why all mammals sleep. Lack of sleep apparently does not cause any physical harm. But anyone who gets less than his normal sleep experiences a decrease of efficiency and concentration.
In old age, sleep normally becomes fitful. It is good to regulate sleeping hours. One should go to bed at a fixed time. The human body maintains a 24-hour cycle. During this cycle, the body temperature rises and falls at fixed times. In the middle of the night, the body temperature comes down. In the afternoon, it reaches its maximum. It is comfortable to be sleeping when the body temperature is at its lowest. If someone is compelled to be awake by the circumstances at his time, he would not feel physically and mentally at his best.

The most common cause of insomnia is worry; the other is depression. Environmental disturbances also cause lack of sleep. Loss of sleep often results in fatigue and quickly impairs a person’s normal judgment. The higher centers of the brain are the first to show the effects of overwork and anxiety. Such a person may become depressed, losing all interest in life and burdened with a sense of impending death. Unreasonable fears now arise to the surface of his mind, causing all kinds of anxiety and distress, as well sensation of acute pain.

Sleeping pills should be avoided. Sleeping pills taken over a long period disturb the second phase of the normal sleep, the rapid eye movement phase and thus cause harm to the person consuming them. Moreover, the effect of the drugs may last beyond the normal time for waking up and thus cause a reduction in efficiency and concentration. Sleeping pills mixed with alcohol can even be fatal. Patient should practice some technique to relax. Yoga can help or listening to music.

HOME REMEDIES FOR INSOMNIA

It may be good, however, not to overload the stomach with food before going to sleep. A heavy meal disturbs sleep.

A bath before going to bed is of positive help and so is exercise in the afternoon.

In order to get good sleep taking a cup of hot milk before going to bed is a useful habit.

Late nights affect health most adversely because, after 10:30 p.m., the body requires rest and sleep while a late dinner, social function or a musical evening running into morning hours disturb the sleep patterns which is most suitable to the human body.

Stimulants brews like coffee or tea should be avoided in the late evening. Coffee after dinner has an adverse effect on sleep. Smoking of cigarettes also stimulates and thus keeps us awake.

The sleeping environment should be as comfortable as possible, neither too hot nor too cold. Beds, which are too soft, are not conducive to sound sleep. The bed should be firm, hard and of a proper size.

Drinking Kava kava a few hours before bedtime reduces stress, tension, anxiety and relaxes muscles. It helps to fall asleep deeper and to rest more.

Prepare a mixture by adding1 tsp. chamomile flowers,1 tsp. Hops,1 tsp. valerian root and1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 45 minutes, strain and drink 1 hour before bedtime.

Wake up at the same time everyday no matter when you got to sleep.

Avoid high protein meals for dinner; instead try to take complex carbohydrates in the dinner.

Drink a cup of warm milk with honey, nutmeg can also be added. The tryptophan in milk helps in sleeping.

Thiamine or vitamin B is of special significance in the treatment of insomnia.

Lettuce is beneficial in the treatment of insomnia as it contains a sleep-inducing substance, called 'lectucarium'. Boil one tablespoon of seeds in half a litre of water, till it is reduced by one-third. It is very useful in preventing insomnia.

The patient should take plenty of curd and massage it on the head. This will induce sleep.

The mixture of bottle gourd juice and sesame oil in 50:50 ratio acts as an effective medicine for insomnia.

Prepare a tea by boiling about 375 ml of water in a vessel and adding a teaspoon of aniseed. The water should be covered with a lid and allowed to simmer for fifteen minutes. It should then be strained and drunk hot or warm. The tea may be sweetened with honey, and hot milk may also be added to it. This tea should be taken after meals or before going to bed.

Honey is also an effective remedy to induce sleep. Two teaspoonful of honey should be mixed in warm water and taken before going to bed.

Take 1 tsp juice of celery leaves with stalks and 1 tsp of honey.

Have raw onion salad in the dinner.
Take 2 tsp of fenugreek leaves juice with 1 tsp of honey at bed times daily.

Prepare a mixture by adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of honey and store this mixture in an airtight container. Take two spoonful of this mixture whenever necessary.

Sleeping with your head pointing north can improve the quality of your sleep.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR INSOMNIA

Nux vomica
Sleepless from rush of ideas. Cannot sleep after 3a.m. until towards morning, falls asleep when it is time to rise and feels heavy and unrefreshed. It is especially the remedy for those who drink too much, those who abuse coffee and tea, those who are subject to abdominal disorders and a sluggish portal circulation. It is curative in cases where sleep is unattainable except from a stimulant. The symptoms of Nux vomica are better after undisturbed sleep, worse when sleep is disturbed. Sleeplessness from mental overwork, from too close study, especially at night. Dreams full of bustle and worry.

Opium
Stupefying and unrefreshing sleep. Sleepy, but cannot sleep. Sleeplessness with acuteness of hearing, clock striking and cocks crowing at great distance keep her awake. Loss of breath on falling asleep. Bed feels so hot she cannot lie on it; moves often in search of a cool place; must be uncovered. Sleepy but cannot sleep with great drowsiness. Dreams of cat, dog and black forms. Pleasant, fantastic, amorous dream. Suffocative attacks during sleep like nightmare.

Coffea cruda
Nervous sleeplessness from rush of ideas, mental activity, awakes at or hears every sound after pleasurable excitement. In cases where there is excessive agitation of body and mind, and where ideas force themselves on the mind. The patient is wide awake, without the slightest inclination to sleep, and all the senses are extremely acute. It is the remedy when excitement or good news, joys or night watching causes the insomnia. It is well suited to sleeplessness in teething children, Sleeplessness from the bad effects of too good news. Is indicated in wide-awake condition; impossible to close the eyes; physical excitement through mental exaltation. Sleeplessness, on account of excessive mental and bodily activity. The greatest mental and physical exhaustion; great restlessness lying awake most of the night. Sensitiveness of vision, of hearing, of smell, of touch; sensitiveness to pain; it is most astonishing sometimes about this great sensitiveness. Wakeful, on a constant move. Sleeps until 3 a.m. after which only dozing. Sleep disturbed by dreams or by itching of anus.

Ambra Grisea
Sleeplessness arising from worriment of mind as from business trouble. The patient retires to bed feeling tolerably tired, yet as soon as the head touches the pillow he becomes wakeful. Before midnight sleeplessness. He cannot sleep at night, he knows not why. For several nights sleeplessness , and in the morning slumber full of fantastical dreams. Frequent waking at night. Frequent waking, and at 2 a.m. long uneasiness in the whole body, especially in the occiput. Uneasiness in the occiput after midnight. At night he wakes up with headache , which goes off on rising. Very early waking; followed by frequently interrupted, but very profound sleep, with eyes fast closed. In the morning, in bed, weariness, with feeling in the eyes as if they were too firmly closed. Sleep restless, with anxious dreams. Retires tired, wakeful as soon as touches the pillow. Coldness of body and twitching of limbs during sleep.

Hyoscyamus niger
Sleeplessness from nervous excitement; the brain is full of bewildering ideas and images. After long illnesses and the brain cells are poorly nourished. Sleeplessness in children, who twitch, cry out frightened and tremble. Sleeplessness from overworked minds and without apparent cause may be benefited by Hyoscyamus. Hyoscyamus paints the mental town of its victim a brilliant and luminous red. The patient is jolly and wakeful. Sleeplessness from nervous excitement. Starts out of sleep, frightened.� Brain full of bewildering ideas and images. Sleeplessness in children who twitch, cry out, frightened and tremble. Irritable and easily excited individuals. Sleeplessness from anxiety or over - excitement.

Sulphur
Sleeplessness from nervous excitement, cutaneous irritations and external heat. The patient is drowsy all day and sleepless at night. Sleeps in "cat naps", wakes frequently. Restlessness of anaemic irritability. Long but unrefreshing sleep, in morning. Nightly jerking and twitching in body during. Nightmare. Sings during sleep and wakes up with singing. Cannot sleep during 2 and 5 a.m.

Belladonna
The sleepless conditions calling for Belladonna are due to congestion; sleep is extremely restless, as a rule it is interrupted by talking, starting, muscular jerkings and spasmodic motions; frightful images appear on closing the eyes and the patient therefore dreads sleep. Children awake from sleep frightened. Oftentimes there is a violent throbbing in the brain which prevents sleep. Frightful dreams, they constantly awaken the patient. Insomnia due to cerebral hyperaemia. Restless sleep during dentition; sleeps with eyes partially open; sudden starting, twitching, hot head and dilated pupils will indicate it. Sleep is extremely restless due to congestion in the head. Cannot close the eyes, as he sees dreadful images on doing so. Children wake from sleep frightened.

Chamomilla
For sleeplessness in children due to severe pain. It quiets the irritability and the emotional excitement and the patient sleeps. It is also adapted to weak, nervous women. The sleep is tormented by dreams which are fanciful, vivid and anxious; the patient is hot and thirsty. Moaning in sleep. Great drowsiness is characteristic of the remedy, but cannot sleep. Sleepless due to pain. Nightly sleeplessness with visions and anxiety. Crying out, starting up, tossing about and weeping during sleep. Yawning and stretching.

Arsenic album.
Patient is disturbed, anxious and restless. Awakened by pains. Sleeplessness due to fear of air raids etc. Frequent starting up and twitching in. Somnolency in evening. Sleeplessness with constant restlessness and tossing about. Inability to fall asleep after once awaking at night. Anxious dreams.

Argenticum nitricum
Sleepless from fancies. Dreams of serpents, with horror. thoughts activity of mind, from : midnight, before.

Gelsemium
It is suited for the insomnia of brain workers. It is indicated in business men who pass restless nights, awaken early in the morning and worry over their business affairs. It also is most useful in a state of alternate excitement and depression. Gelsemium has also sleeplessness from emotional disturbances, and after evening company. The patient goes to bed tired, but immediately becomes wakeful. It is especially suited to thin, spare men who are nervous and subject to nervous chills. Yawning, with stupor and inability to keep eyes open; with general numbness. Late falling to sleep, the nightmare. Insomnia from exhaustion and irritation.

Ignatia amara
Sleeps so light that he hears everything in it. Dreams all night of the same subject. Insomnia due to grief, anxious thoughts, sadness or any depressing emotions. Deep, stupefying. Sleep after the cough paroxysms. Restless sleep and great restlessness at night with a tremor passing through the body. Fixed ideas in his dreams which continue after waking. Child awakes from sleep with piercing cries and trembles all over.

Magnesium carbonicum
Sleeplessness from oppression in abdomen or from anxious uneasiness and internal fear, with a great dread of being uncovered. Sleeplessness from flatus, cutting wisdom- teeth, exhaustion. Unrefreshing sleep and feels tired in the morning. Dreams of fire, food, robbers, quarrels, money, pleasures, misfortune and dead persons.

Cocculus indicus
It is especially suited to light haired, timid, nervous and bookworms persons. Sleeplessness due to night watching, nursing with worry and anxiety. Thinking of the business of the day prevents sleep. Spasmodic yawning. Sleepless from mental or physical exhaustion.

Aconitum napellus
Sleeplessness from anxiety, restlessness, anguish and fear; child tosses about feverishly. Starting up in after midnight during sleeplessness, with constant tossing about from anxiety, and flightiness with closed eyes. Drowsiness, with inability to sleep. Disturbed sleep. Anxious dreams. Insomnia of the elderly.

Arnica montana
Arnica is particularly adapted to sanguine, plethoric persons, disposed to cerebral congestion, persons easily made train-sick or sea-sick. Sleeplessness caused by over-exertion and weariness of mind and body. Day sleepiness, with inability to sleep. Dreams of death, anxious and terrible, awakes in terror, then sleepless.

Causticum
Sleeplessness at night on account of dry heat cannot rest in any posture. He cannot get quiet position. Nightly sleeplessness with anxiety, dry heat and frequent starting up. Anxious dreams. Wakes with slightest noise.

Ferrum metallicum.
It is adapted to young, anemic, pseudo- plethoric persons who look strong but are very weak physically. Restless, with anxious tossing. Great drowsiness and fatigue, with inability to sleep at night. Falls to sleep late in evening. Can lie on back only.

Muriaticum acidum
Sleepy, but unable to sleep; tosses about; dreamy and restless all through the night. Irritable. Continual snoring, groaning, tossing about and talking, with sliding down in bed, especially before . Frequently wakened by a chill early in morning in bed.

Tabacum
Sleeplessness or insomnia due to nervous break down. Stupefying, with profuse sweat. Insomnia with dilated heart, with cold, clammy skin and anxiety.

Senecio jacobaea
For sleeplessness from prolapsus of uterus. Uterine irritation during climacteric.

Cannabis indica
In obstinate and intractable forms of insomnia. An irregular sleep is more of an indication than absolute insomnia. Unconquerable day sleepiness; Unrefreshing night sleep. Sleepless at night because of anxiety and heat as though dashed with hot water.

Kalium phosphoricum

Sleeplessness, especially during the latter part of the night. The patient is a nervous due to business worries and excessive mental exertion.

What can be done for preventing insomnia?

* Avoid watching TV, eating, and discussing emotional issues in bed.
* Don't use bright light in your bedroom.
* Avoid, caffine and smoking.
* Get a massage on your scalp.
* A light snack may be sleep-inducing, but a heavy meal too close to bedtime interferes with sleep. Stay away from protein and stick to carbohydrates or dairy products. Milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which has been shown in research to help people go to sleep. So milk and cookies or crackers (without chocolate) may be useful and taste good as well.
* Do not exercise vigorously just before bed.
* Take a warm bath. This often helps.
* Listen light music. Actually, any soothing noise (played softly) in the background may help.
* Sleep with your head facing north (magnetic) and feet facing south.
* Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation.