10 natural cures for Insomnia – Herbal Medicine

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. If you’ve spent several nights without sleeping, not only are you tired, but you could also easily have an accident while driving, or at work. Therefore it’s essential that you find insomnia remedies as soon as possible.

You have a choice of two remedies. You can either get prescription medication or try to find a natural cure. Which one is right for you?

There’s no set answers for this. You need to make your own decision. With prescription medication, you lose normal sleep patterns, and this can have long term psychological and physical consequences.

Finding natural insomnia remedies is the better choice. However, you should always be guided by your doctor, so see your doctor first.

1. Natural Sleep Remedies Which Work

Most natural insomnia remedies are based on herbs. These herbs have generally been used for thousands of years, so there are no real contraindications to them unless you happen to be pregnant — if you’re pregnant, see your doctor. However you may feel slightly dopey the next morning.

It’s always best to use herbal sleep aids just for a couple of days, rather than becoming dependent on them.

Natural insomnia herb-based remedies which work include lavender, valerian, and chamomile. These are available as teas, or as essential oils. Some naturopaths may also sell these herbs as liquids.

Another natural sleep remedy for insomnia is acupuncture. You’ll need several treatments, but you should find that you sleep better after the first treatment.

2. Training Yourself to Sleep With Self Hypnosis

Hypnosis also works as a natural remedy for insomnia. Depending on the causes of your insomnia, you’ll usually need two or three sessions. Ask your  hypnotherapist to teach you how to use self hypnosis. The first part of any hypnosis session is relaxation, and once you’ve learned the trick of relaxing completely, you’ll find it easier to fall asleep. This is because when your body is completely relaxed your mind relaxes too — it’s impossible to feel stressed when you’re completely relaxed physically.

If you do choose to use a prescription insomnia medication in preference to natural remedies, remember that this will affect your sleep patterns. Be guided by your doctor, but stop using prescription medication as soon as possible.

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1. Chamomile
Chamomile has a been used as a medicine for thousands of years to induce sedation and as an aid to sleep. Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilliser and sleep-inducer.

2. Wild Lettuce
Wild lettuce also known as natures opium, due to its value as a remedy for insomnia and restlessness.It combines well with valerian and passion flower for the treatment of insomnia (Hoffman 1983)

3. Hops
Scientific evidence (Blumenthal et al 2000) supports the use of Hops for sleep disturbances, and insomnia. Hops is best used in combination with other herbs.

4. Valerian
Numerous randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have investigated the effects of different valerian preparations as a treatment for insomnia (Stevinson and Ernst, 2000). Valerian helps people fall a sleep a little more quickly.

5. Lavender
Lavender oil is very popular and well associated with helping people to sleep better (Blumenthal et al 2000. It is often combined with marjoram to induce sleep.

6. Yoga
Yoga can improve physical strength and flexibility, improve breathing, reduce stress and enhance mental focus. A new study indicates that yoga can help to improve sleep among people suffering from chronic insomnia.

7. Meditation
There is an abundance of evidence that regular meditation can improve sleep patterns. Research indicates that an overly aroused nervous system is an important factor the development of chronic insomnia.

8. Mindfulness
Research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology (Ong and Sholtes 2010) has found that mindfulness can improve sleep in people suffering from insomnia.

9. Reduce your coffee and alcohol intake
Stimulants like coffee are not good if your having problems sleeping.
The same goes for alcohol which is a depressant, but regular drinking disrupts our sleep and increases our stress levels.

10. Positive sleep routine

Plan your sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time. Do drink liquids before going to bed, especially coffee or alcohol. Take a bath before you go to bed. Mediate and read for a bit. Listen to relaxing music.

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