Natural Cures for Insomnia

Insomnia

Inadequate sleep at night, daytime sleepiness and fatigue are the usual symptoms of insomnia. Inadequate sleep is one of the causes of fatigue. Chronic association of these conditions leads to impaired cognitive functioning, like disturbed focus or delayed decision making.  The current awareness of people towards health & wellbeing and the advent of modern medical science encourages the use of traditional medicine to fight against diseases.

There are a variety of other methods to encourage healthy sleep. Non-pharmaceutical methods of treating insomnia can be a very effective as a primary treatment for insomnia. These treatment options allow for avoidance of addictive properties of many of the pharmaceutical interventions.

Herbal remedy: Since century, herbalists have recommended valerian tea to treat chronic insomnia. However, the detail safety profile data has not recorded in clinical research.

Aromatherapy: Certain essential oils like lavender oil and chamomile oil have a natural sedative effect. Choose any one of the recommended essential oil and add five drops in the steam inhalation. Inhale the vapor to induce sleep.  Chronic insomnia patient also gently massage these oils on the neck and head by diluting the lavender oil or chamomile oil with almond oil for soothing the sleep.

Dietary measures: Insomnia patient should include oats and Reishi mushroom at the dinner meal to improve sleep and to fight against insomnia.  Do morning exercise regularly and avoid caffeine-containing drink.

Lifestyle measures: Individuals having sleep disturbance need to follow some lifestyle measures including taking light dinner, avoid sugar-rich food items just before bedtime, and go for bed early.

Nutritional supplements: Black seed oil is one of the nutritional supplement effective to improve sleep duration and quality by enhancing acetylcholine in the brain during the sleep cycle. Mix one teaspoon of black seed oil and an equal amount of honey in a glass of warm milk and drink it one hour before bedtime.  Gently massage black seed oil on the side of the head behind the eyes (temples) before sleep.

Holistic approach: Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the good options to treat insomnia.

Consider using one or a combination of the above interventions to promote a healthy sleeping pattern.  It is important to note that CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy – insomnia) is considered among the Western Medical community as the first-line therapy and the only effective treatment. Long-term pharmaceutical medication should only be used in conjunction with Mental/Behavioral healthcare by behavioral healthcare provider.

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