If you’ve ever woken up at three in the morning, unable to get back to sleep, or laid awake at night, well after midnight, waiting for Mr. Sandman to arrive in the first place, you are all too familiar with the frustrating, and often debilitating, aspects of an increasingly common condition: insomnia. Insomnia can impact our well being and the quality of lives. The frustration in not being able to get a good night's sleep can add to sleeplessness. Hectic lifestyles, stress, depression, physical illness and working unusual schedules can all be root causes for insomnia.
There are at least two types of insomnia. The first type is caused by tension, overwork and mental strain, especially for those who work late at night.
The second type is when people fall asleep but wake up after a few hours and are unable to go back to sleep. This may be associated with adrenal weakness.
Herbal remedies are ideal for many, because few of them interfere with medications. The following herbal tinctures and formulas have been known to assist in relaxation and the ability to sleep soundly. They should be taken about 45 minutes before bedtime:
Valerian Tincture is used as an effective and gentle sleep aid for the relief of occasional sleeplessness.
Skullcap is a traditional nervine, or an herb that has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system. Skullcap is also a complementary herb that works very well with other herbs.
Hops Tincture helps with insomnia, promotes restful sleep, eases tension & anxiety and works well for nervous stomach.
Wild lettuce is used to slow down the nervous system, and is very effective in cases of insomnia, anxiety, nervousness and pain.
"Sleep Well Formula" contains Valerian, Hops and Skullcap and is a very effective formula, designed to help with insomnia and other sleep disturbances and is extremely effective if taken in frequent doses just before bedtime.
"Anti Stress Calming Tincture" contains Damiana, Wild lettuce, Skullcap, and Lemon Balm and has calming relaxing and pain relieving effects.
Melissengeist (Carmelite Water) is very effective against nervousness, states of tension and excitement, anxiety, difficulties in falling asleep, headaches, sensitivity to changing weather etc.
A lack of nutrients can sometimes cause insomnia. Nutrients often needed are calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6 and vitamin B1 (niacin).
Treating insomnia is also possible with the use of aromatherapy. The human brain is an extraordinary thing, and it is not uncommon for us to strongly link memories with our senses, including smells. Aromatherapy cannot cure insomnia or its root cause, but using calming and relaxing essential oils before your intended bedtime can potentially help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep until your intended wake-up time. Some essential oils are purported to be helpful with insomnia. Lavender is often touted as having soporific (sleep-inducing) qualities. Other possibilities include: bergamot, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, sandalwood, clary sage, and jasmine. Each is variously described as calming, soothing, relaxing, and warming.
"Insomnia Relief Essential Oil Blend" is a specially formulated oil helping with insomnia. Place a few drops of the oil blend on your pillow and this may just be the thing for you to put you in a sleeping mood.
A warm relaxing bath before bedtime can also help to induce sleeping. Add 15-20 drops of "Insomnia Relief Essential Oil Blend"in the bath water 1/2 an hour before going to bed to help combat insomnia.
What Else Can You Do?
Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time, regardless of the day of the week or whether you've slept.
If you lie in bed for more than twenty minutes and can’t fall asleep, get up and do something.
Keep the bedroom dark and quiet.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco
Have a bedtime drink of hot milk and honey.
Do not take commercial sleeping remedies at the same time as herbal remedies.
Exercise regularly—try forty minutes walking four times a week.
Insomnia can be a temporary but troubling problem; but remember that it can also be a symptom of a medical condition requiring treatment. If insomnia persists for more than a few weeks, be sure to consult your health care provider.
It is said a good night's sleep can bring a wonderful tomorrow. May you sleep with beautiful dreams.
Wishing you a peaceful night's sleep and a precious new day.