In today’s Society far too many Americans think of sleep as a luxury, rather than a necessity. Animals sleep for long hours during winter and listen to their body’s needs and seasonal changes.
What humans often do is consume caffeine, work long hours, party at night — ignoring the need to rest. Far too many school children are sleep deprived due to playing on electronic gadgets or watching TV past their bedtime. Deep sleep has anti-inflammatory benefits. It helps restore hormonal balance, provides rest, and clears the mind like the “re-booting” of a computer.
Sleep disorders are influenced by both physical and psychological factors. Consequently, they have been found to affect general health, physical functioning, cognitive functioning, daily activities, as well as work performance. The physical manifestations of sleep disturbances include the following: alterations in cellular immune response, impaired psychomotor performance, increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, fatigue, and activity of natural killer cells. The psychological manifestations of sleep disturbances include: a risk of developing depression, decreased cognition, decreased coping ability, anxiety, decreased cognitive ability, anxiety, as well as irritability.
While a large number of people suffer from and have symptoms associated with insomnia, complaints are often ignored and/or underestimated, and therefore, only 15% are correctly diagnosed and treated.
When insomnia strikes, one option is to try prescription sleep aids. The good news is that several natural sleep remedies are also available and can help. Lifestyle changes, as well as foods, supplements, and herbs may help you get restful sleep!
Classical homeopathic prescribing is part of a safe and effective holistic approach that works well in resolving many conditions while restoring healthy sleep. Many homeopathy remedies for Insomnia are based on the cause of condition. Some of the causes of insomnia in children could be colic, teething, earache, fear, anxiety, excitement or nightmares.
In adults causes can be depression, anxiety, pain, overwork, alcohol, stimulants like tea or coffee, cold, insufficient exercise, old age. Some children and adults on high doses of medication for chronic illness might also be sleep deprived.
Following classical homeopathy, for insomnia or any other ailment, it is best to take into consideration one’s complete history in order to find the correct remedy — taking into consideration all the symptoms manifested by body and mind. If the underlying problem is addressed, sometimes this alone will restore normal healthy sleep. Any serious causes of insomnia should be treated under the supervision of an appropriate health professional.
1. Make it a point not to have TVs or electronic gadgets in the bedroom. Keep them in another room, especially after 9:00p.m.
2. Avoid eating late or eating rich, fried food at night.
3. Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea and alcohol in the evening.
4. Wind down gradually in the evening — a 10 min. meditation routine or self-hypnosis can help.
5. Maintaining a routine is helpful for kids and adults. It is best to put young children to bed as soon as ‘tired’ signs manifest. Maintain the time even on weekends.
6. A warm bath before bedtime is very helpful.
Here are some homeopathy remedies as they are described in the book (Boericke Materia Medica)
Sleeplessness due to anxiety
Aconite:The patient has nightmares and anxious dreams. He or she experiences sleeplessness, and is restless and tosses about. The patient starts up in sleep and has long dreams with feelings of anxiety centered on the chest. Insomnia of the aged.
Sleeplessness due to excitement
Coffea: The patient experiences complete sleeplessness and is constantly moving and excited. Sleeps until 3a.m., after which he or she is only able to doze. Wakes with a start and feels excited. His sleep is disturbed by dreams.
Experiences sleeplessness because of mental activity; has a flow of ideas, accompanied by nervous excitability.
Sleeplessness due to Anger
Chamomila: Patient has nocturnal sleeplessness, with attacks of anguish, visions and illusions involving sight and hearing. On sleeping, the patient starts with fright, cries, tosses about, is tearful, talks, raves, groans, snores and constantly separates the thighs.
The patient has fantastic, lively, quarrelsome and vexatious dreams, with a morose and sullen aspect.
Please Consult a healthcare professional for any serious problems of sleep.
Monica Gurnani BHMS, CCH, RHSom(NA)