[toc]Over worked machines also snap after a certain time if they are not fuelled and rested so a mortal human body has all the more chances of doing just that. Thankfully we have been provided with a natural fuelling and rejuvenating mechanism to charge up this wonderful body of ours which is called sleep.But unfortunately due to various reasons there is an inability to be able to fall asleep or to remain asleep for the optimum time required; this condition is termed as “Insomnia” or “Sleeplessness.” Insomnia can be a symptom of physical as well as mental ailments. It can be short term which may be caused due to some unpleasant events, due to physical pain, anxiety, external noise, an uncomfortable bed etc. When it is long term always rule out the presence of some serious problems with the help of a medical professional.
When people take sleeping pills it provides a temporary help which leads to dependence or addiction if used frequently. The after effects of insomnia or sleeplessness are memory problems due to long term insomnia, depression, irritability, risk of heart disease and other functional impairment in general. So, in addition to eliminating the cause one should use remedies to control sleeplessness as soon as possible. Here are some remedies you can try at home to banish insomnia.
10 Best Home Remedies For Insomnia
The aromas of some oils can be diffused in the room where you sleep, inhaled via steam after adding the oils to the hot water or the oils can be applied topically for effectively inducing a peaceful sleep.
You may also dip cotton or tissue in the oil and apply it to your temples.
Lavender oil has an aroma which has a soothing effect as it relieves stress and induces sleep. The brain releases certain neurochemicals which generate calmness.
Its analgesic properties relieve aches so, if pain is the reason for your insomnia this is the best remedy. A calm and restful mind is bound to result in a good sleep.
Chamomile Oil is highly beneficial if gastric ailments are the cause of your insomnia.
This oil can be combined with lavender or used individually for generating a calming effect on the nervous system and thereby inducing a good sleep.
Neroli Oil or Orange Blossom
If your sleeplessness is due to any mental tension, then this is the oil to be used.
A single drop is also highly beneficial and can be combined with lavender or chamomile oil to promote an excellent and sound sleep.
According to ancient Indian scriptures, milk removes exhaustion, increases memory and is an excellent tonic for the body and the mind and above all cures sleeplessness. It is said that the presence of the chemical tryptophan which helps the brain to slip into the sleep mode is responsible for this effect.
A warm glass of hot milk with a pinch of nutmeg powder or honey will induce a good sleep. Warm milk can also be had with a decoction of aniseeds to promote a sound sleep. But if your sleep is generally disrupted due to a frequent urge of urination avoid liquids before bedtime.
Bananas have an amino acid called tryptophan and also contain magnesium, both help in improving the symptoms of sleeplessness.Consuming bananas relaxes the body muscles and hence promotes sleep.
Add the powder of roasted cumin seeds to a mashed banana and have it before bedtime.
Stimulants like tea, coffee and certain aerated drinks have caffeine which remain in the body for above 5 hours. Caffeine stimulates the brain so avoid having them before and after dinner time as they are sure to keep you awake. Alcohol is thought to induce sleep but in reality it does not.
It first inhibits glutamine production and then triggers over production of glutamine by the body and glutamine is a brain stimulant. Alcohol makes you wake up suddenly in between with headaches, dehydration or with urge to empty the bladder.
The harmful smoke inhaled by the lungs due to smoking keeps you awake for hours.
The inflammation caused by smoking causes a disturbed sleep which ultimately give rise to insomnia.
Avoid activities which cause physical or mental stimulation.
Television viewing, working on a computer, listening to loud stereos, exercising just before sleeping causes insomnia.
Environment Conducive to Sleep
Always keep the environment of the place you sleep conducive to sleep. The room should be cosy, dark, at the same time well ventilated. The mattress should neither be too hard nor too soft and the pillow should be comfortable. Identify a restful sleep position.
Establish a ritual of sleeping so that the ritual itself induces sleep e.g. changing into a night dress, saying bedtime prayers, etc. these acts themselves may act as a trigger to induce sleep.