Insomnia is becoming an increasingly common problem affecting people from all walks of life. Prolonged insomnia can have an impact on your health, so finding the root cause and treating it is important.


Here are some points to consider when treating insomnia naturally;


Homeopathic remedies are a safe, natural way of treating insomnia. It can be difficult to determine the correct remedy for yourself as homeopathy treats the whole person, rather than particular symptoms. However, as an acute, you could try the common remedy for sleeplessness, Coffea, which can help to calm the nervous system if over stimulated and help induce sleep.


Rescue Remedy Night is an effective combination of Bach Flower Remedies and contains the remedy White Chestnut, which helps to put a stop to those repetitive thoughts going round your head at night and preventing you from falling asleep.


Supplements can often help in relaxing the body and promoting sleep. A deficiency in Magnesium can stimulate brain neurons making it difficult to switch off. In addition to Magnesium, 5HTP, derived from the amino acid L-tryptophan can help induce sleep by acting as a precursor to serotonin.


Lavender essential oil can help to slow the activity of the nervous system and induce sleep. A few drops on the pillow can help to promote a more restful night’s sleep.


Herbs have been used for thousands of years to promote sleep and many studies have taken place to illustrate their effectiveness. Valerian is probably the most common herbal remedy used to treat sleep disorders. Passiflora is another herb found to elevate mood, decrease anxiety and decrease over thinking. Hops is a herb also shown to act as an effective sedative. Research has shown positive results in all three of these herbs and their ability to increase sleep quality.


A Chinese Acupuncturist would assess why you may have insomnia from an Eastern point of view. Herbal medicines and acupuncture can help treat insomnia with very good effects by treating any imbalances in the body.


The diet should also be considered, avoid eating too late and foods such as refined sugar, carbohydrates, coffee and carbonated drinks, which can all over stimulate the body and mind.


This is just a guide to treatments for insomnia, whilst Homeopathic and Bach Flower Remedies are safe to take, it is important to speak to your doctor before you begin to take any herbs or supplements. Some herbs are contraindicated with specific conventional drugs.

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