Sleep Problems and Homeopathic Medicine for Insomnia
Sleep is one of those natural blessings that are best appreciated when they are absent. Falling asleep is normally taken for granted, until one cannot fall asleep. Difficulty falling asleep, or insomnia, is an increasingly debilitating disorder that affects a large number of people in various stages of life. Fortunately, homeopathic medicine for stress and insomnia is available and highly effective in tackling sleep problems.
Insomnia is not merely a complete lack of sleep, but it manifests in many forms of sleep disorders. A person may have difficulty falling asleep, or he may fall asleep in a very light slumber and wake up from the slightest cause. It may also happen that a person falls asleep only to wake later at night and then have difficulty falling back to sleep. Another form in which insomnia manifests is loss of early morning sleep wherein a person wakes up more than half an hour before her actual waking time and then stays awake. This may also be a symptom of depression.
The causes of insomnia are many. Sleep is naturally reduced as age advances. Females are seen to suffer more from sleep disturbances. Prolonged intake of certain drugs, caffeine or alcohol intake in excess amounts cause sleeplessness. Paradoxically, treating insomnia with medicines to induce sleep (sleeping pills) causes rebound insomnia, which means once a person starts using them routinely he may have trouble falling asleep without them, and may require increasing dosages for the same effect to take place. Pain due to any illness also causes sleep problems. Heartburn, constipation, hormonal variations and premenstrual syndrome, thyroid abnormalities, withdrawal symptoms are all common reasons to develop a lack of sleep. Women undergoing menopause also have trouble falling asleep. Mental conditions such as bipolar disorder, stress, anxiety and depression are also common culprits. Fear, grief, anticipation for a task, work or financial problems are some factors which cause overthinking and insomnia.
Various modern life habits and practices also majorly contribute to poor sleep. Use of electronic devices like mobile phones and computers before bedtime diminish the quality of sleep. Stress and anxiety prevent a person from falling asleep. Night shifts, jet lag, napping throughout the day are all circumstances that lead to a disturbed and unfulfilling night sleep.
The consequences of poor sleep are many. While in the night a person may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or finding a comfortable position to sleep in, in daytime hours they may feel drowsy, distracted and may have trouble concentrating. This obviously has adverse effect on the quality of work. The mornings feel unrefreshing and a general lethargy with unwillingness to embark upon the daily tasks sets in. A person may feel sleepy in the daytime, with irritation, anxiety or even depression. Poor sleep at night may even cause road accidents when a person becomes drowsy while driving.
One major point to be mentioned here is restless legs syndrome. It is a disorder characterized by a strong urge to move one’s legs which mostly happens at rest. This makes sleep very difficult and may result in daytime sleepiness, irritability, tiredness and anxiety. Low iron levels are often implicated as a causative factor for restless legs syndrome and the condition improves with increased iron intake.
Insomnia is managed with both medicines and general measures. If you have difficulty falling asleep, certain steps can be made a part of daily routine. Together these factors are called as sleep hygiene. Some of them are:
- Frequent napping through the day is a serious deterrent to a good night’s sleep and should be avoided.
- Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and heavy meals right before sleep should be cut off. Heavy meals at night often cause heartburn and acid reflux during sleep.
- It is imperative that the bedroom should be a comfortable place for sleep. Extra light and noise dilute the quality of sleep. Dark, quiet and cool rooms with minimal disturbances are more likely to induce sleep. Television, a ticking clock, a mobile phone and a radio are all objects that disturb sleep. Together these steps help promote a positive sleep environment.
- Pain should be treated before sleep. If you require to take medication for pain, it is better to take it right before sleep.
- Invest in a good mattress. It provides adequate back support and helps one to sleep better.
- In general, a good diet and exercise promote a good night’s sleep.
- It is important to manage stress. Anxiety and overthinking often keep sleep at bay.
- Yoga and meditation help to improve the quality of sleep. Various yoga postures may be tried with long lasting results. A relaxed state of mind helps to sleep better.
Medicinal management is required in conditions where lack of sleep is leading to a disruption in work and affecting the health of an individual. Medicines are prescribed along with attention to adequate sleep hygiene.
Homeopathic medicines for anxiety and insomnia are easy to administer and do not carry the side effects of conventional allopathic drugs. This makes them safe to use for insomnia in pregnancy and for children. Gradual improvement in both quantity and quality of sleep is observed after taking homeopathic medicine. Along with insomnia, symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress can also be managed effectively with the best homeopathic medicines. Various remedies like Thuja, Opium, Coffea and Kali Phos are exceptionally effective in managing sleep problems. Apart from specific treatment for insomnia, primary conditions like thyroid disturbances or pain should also be treated by appropriate homeopathic remedies. Sleep improves automatically as the health improves. Schwabe India manufactures a variety of the best German homeopathic medicines that may be prescribed by a physician for sleep trouble. Kali Phos in different potencies is routinely prescribed for difficulty falling asleep and is available with Schwabe India.
To sum up, a well-managed daily schedule that includes a healthy diet, exercise, minimal stress and proper sleep hygiene is necessary for a good night’s sleep. In case of continued sleep troubles, homeopathic medicines for stress, anxiety and insomnia may be effectively administered for satisfactory results.