Sleep Tips
 

 Sleep Tips for Insomnia  

A significant proportion of the population has trouble sleeping at some stage in their life and many experience frequent insomnia. I am often asked 'can you help me sleep?' Well, I'll certainly try! For those that don't even know how to sleep, check out the General Sleep Tips page first.

Natural sleep remedies including herbs can be very effective for sleeplessness from a wide variety of causes and their effects range from very mild relaxants to effective sleep aids.

What Is Insomnia?
What Causes Insomnia?
Herbs For Insomnia
Nutrients That Help Insomnia

Hypnosis For Sleep
Sleep Disorders That Cause Insomnia
Medical Conditions That Cause insomnia
Medications That Cause Insomnia

What Is Insomnia?

I would define insomnia as the inability to go to sleep  naturally, without taking anything to help you do so, and to stay asleep for an adequate amount of time, and this happens consistently, ie more than 3-4 times a week.
It can also be defined as poor sleep, where the insomniac wakes up several times at night and so does not get enough rest despite getting to sleep.

What Causes Insomnia?

The causes of or reasons for insomnia are numerous and include psychological, physical, due to medication, lifestyle etc. and can be transient or chronic.
This website offers some simple sleep tips and natural sleep remedies to help you with short term insomnia.

Herbs For Insomnia

Although it is not a herb, my  favourite insomnia remedy is Melatonin. My favourite herbal remedy is Valerian - as with all herbs, you do have to use caution and verify the Valerian Dosage and be aware of the Valerian side effects. Corydalis, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, and Chamomile are also good. I have included a description, recommended dosages, and possible side effects of some of the most popular natural sleep remedies.

Herbs for insomnia can be taken internally as tablets or capsules, as infusions or as tinctures. They can even be used topically as baths or essential oils.
Homeopathy can also be very effecive for short term sleep problems.

Nutrients That Help Insomnia

Certain nutrients are also helpful for insomnia and these include, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and the B vitamins.

L-theanine which is an amino acid found in tea, is an excellent remedy for anxiety and stress and also helps you sleep. It is one of my personal favourites as a general remedy.

Insomnia or lack of sleep, is the one condition that is often better treated by natural remedies and herbs.
Drugs can cause side effects, leave you feeling drowsy the day after, and are often addictive.

Hypnosis For Sleep

As the main cause of temporary insomnia is psychological stress and the ensuing worry and anxiety, hypnosis is increasingly used for insomnia and is proving to help enormously too. More on hypnosis for insomnia...

Sleep Disorders That Cause Insomnia

Sometimes insomnia is caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, snoring, night cramps, restless leg syndrome or bruxism (teeth grinding). In this case the disorder should be treated.

Medical Conditions That Cause insomnia

It can also be caused by other medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hypertension, asthma, emphysema, rheumatologic conditions, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, and fibromyalgia.

Medications That Cause Insomnia

Medications that can cause insomnia include antidepressants (fluoxetine, bupropion), theophylline, lamotrigine, felbamate, beta-blockers, and beta-agonists.

Approximately 10 - 15% of chronic insomnia cases result from substance abuse, especially alcohol, cocaine, and sedatives, and shift work can disrupt the wake-sleep cycle.

This is why it is so very important to check with your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions for your insomnia before trying the natural remedies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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