Insomnia, in layman’s terms is sleeplessness or difficulty in the onset of sleep, maintaining sleep and waking up early. The inability to get a good night sleep which is essential for a healthy body is insomnia. Nearly 30-50% of the general population suffers from insomnia and 10% have chronic insomnia. Insomnia is not a disease by itself; it is more of a symptom bought on by stress, anxiety and the pressures of living. It is a disorder that disturbs a person’s daytime functioning; it even affects a person’s cognitive abilities.
About Natural Remedies for Insomnia
Natural remedies allow a body to heal itself with the help of ingredients available in Nature. These ingredients do not offload chemicals into the body nor do they cause any side effects. Locally available herbs, fruits and vegetables are a storehouse of cures for nearly all ailments that affect us humans and are easy on the pocket. Simple lifestyle changes combined with healthy eating goes a long way in curing the new age diseases.
Do’s and Don’ts of Insomnia
- Eat your last meal a good two hours before sleeping.
- Eat fresh fruits like bananas, yoghurt, salads, and vegetables and ensure that the meal is light.
- Drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime as it induces sleep.
- Regular exercises in the form of walking, swimming help to reduce tension and induce sleep.
- Practice yoga and meditation regularly.
- Listen to soft soothing music.
- A warm bath or simply soaking your feet in warm water to which salt has been added induces sleep.
- Sleep in a darkened bedroom, light hampers sleep.
- Form a sleep schedule. Sleep and wake up at a regular time.
- Avoid oily and spicy food at night. Avoid meats and other heavy foods.
- Avoid television or reading gory literature at bedtime.
- Avoid sleeping pills.
- Cut down on sugar, beverages, alcoholic drinks and smoking.
Insomnia Home Remedies
- Roast cumin seeds, grind to a powder and mix with pulp of a ripe banana. Eat this before bedtime as it induces sleep.
- A glass of warm milk before sleeping at night also induces sleep.
- A fusion of water and aniseed is effective in inducing sleep. Let the aniseed simmer in ½ a liter of water till the quantity of water reduces to half.
- A glass of warm water mixed with honey before sleeping also helps induce sleep.
- Include yoghurt in the daily diet.
- 2 tbsps of fenugreek leaves juice with 1 tsp of honey before sleeping at night daily.
- 1tsp of lettuce seeds boiled in half liter of water till the solution reduces to half. Take the juice before sleeping at night.
- Grind four nutmegs to a fine powder and divide into sixteen equal parts. Every night before retiring take one part with water.
- A herbal tea made of 1 tsp honey, 1tsp aniseed and milk and taken at bedtime.
- In a glass of buttermilk add a pinch of cinnamon powder and 1 tbsp of honey. Take this drink before sleeping at night.
- Include foods rich in vitamin B in the diet.
- Practice controlled breathing.