Insomnia is the most common form of sleep disorder and is defined as the inability to fall asleep or to remain asleep for an adequate length of time. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
It can be caused by any number of factors including stress, emotional and physical discomfort, caffeine or alcohol consumption, depression, hypoglycemia and physical pain.
Action steps for better sleep:
- Avoid caffeine, stimulants, nicotine and alcohol in the late afternoon.
- Avoid eating too much late in the evening.
- Avoid bright lights before bed, use low-wattage bulbs instead
- Avoid using mobile, computer, iPad and TV before bedtime.
- Use your bed and bedroom only for sleeping or sex.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule.
- Maintain a regular physical exercise routine.
- A warm bath before bedtime can help prepare you for sleep.
- Have a glass of milk (hot or cold) at bedtime. Milk contain the amino acid tryptophan, which induces sleep.
How much sleep do we need*?
*Figures taken from National Sleep Foundation.
When to visit your homeopath?
If insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day, see your homeopath to determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem and how it can be treated.
Most commonly used homeopathic remedies:
Ambra Grisea, Arnica, Arsenic Alb, Bellis, Causticum, Chamomilla, Cocculus indicus, Coffea, Cypripedium, Ferrum Met, Gelsemium, Hyoscyamus, Ignatia, Kali Phos, Mag Carb, Muriatic Acid, Nux Vom, Opium, Passiflora, Sulphur, Tabacum.
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