Sleep- our body’s mechanism to replenish our energy levels is as vital as any of our other existence needs. While we sleep, we are unconscious but our brain and certain other involuntary functions still remain active.
A healthy sleep keeps us refreshed, more alert and physically fit the following day. As prescribed, a normal adult should have a good night sleep of around 7- 8 hours a day. As age passes one needs less sleep is just a misconception which is, in fact, their inability to get a restful sleep. Corresponding to the lifestyle one chooses, the amount of sleep one requires may also vary.
While sleeping, we pass through several sleep cycles and the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Each cycle in itself consists of four stages which range from light sleep to deep sleep. After the fourth stage, during the REM sleep, our body receives a restorative effect. Inability to reach this stage leads to people face sleep disorders.
In this technological age, where teenagers remained glued to Smartphone, PDA’s, Television etc,-they usually prefer to go to bed late at night. The result is a disturbance in their circadian rhythm- your body’s internal clock that regulates the sleep cycle.
Hypothalamus, a light-sensitive gland at the back of the brain, maintains this rhythm and hence a balance in your sleeping patterns.When light falls on this gland during the day, it keeps us active. But when the night approaches it starts producing hormones which signal the body to sleep. Now, on exposure to fluorescent bulbs and LEDs via, TV, phones, etc during the night- the light entering via our retina signals the hypothalamus in the brain to assume that it is still daytime. This prevents the production of sleep hormones and ultimately leads to loss of sleep.
Many recent studies are now pointing out how a disturbed circadian rhythm affects our health adversely leading to several neurological disorders like anxiety and depression, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, etc.
An improper sleep cycle can create several adverse effects including mood changes, lack of interest at work, relationship problems, etc. Homeopathy for sleeplessness is very effective to treat sleep related disorders especially insomnia. Now mapping your unique symptoms ( two person with insomnia may have different emotional state) to the homeopathic remedies the symptoms of insomnia can be dealt within few days.
If your sleep disorder is in an acute stage a homeopath will try to avoid prescribing even any remedies. In that case, he will simply recommend you some lifestyle and behavioral changes. Therefore, it is very helpful to consult a well-qualified homeopath.
Homeopathy over conventional system of medicine
Western medicine treats your sleeplessness or insomnia by using drugs that provide only a short term relief which can later cause you several side effects.
Homeopathic remedies don’t work on your symptoms. Instead they work to treat the underlying cause.
One the underlying cause is treated, one also gets a relief from the symptoms. Thus homeopathy is very effective to treat even the chronic patterns.
The homeopathic remedies are made from minute substances of the substance in diluted form which in active form may cause this condition in healthy person.
The main essence is to trigger the vital force for self healing to take place.
Now coming to the fact “What lifestyle or habit changes can you make starting today to treat insomnia at the beginning stages itself?
The list mentioned below doesn’t entirely asks us to get rid of 21st-century advancements but do asks us to practice a healthy sleep hygiene.
If followed with consistency this sleep regimen can regulate your body’s internal clock.
- Meditate before sleep as it helps to alleviate the daily stress
- Avoid heavy meals during night
- Prepare a dark room and stop using gadgets and led devices at least 30 minutes prior to sleep.
- Avoid beverages 3-4 few hours before sleep
- Sleep and wake at a definite time
- In the evening, do not extend your naps more than 45 minutes.
- Prepare comfortable bedding
- Exercise but make sure at least four hours before the sleep
So, all the above pointers narrow down to the fact on how you are spending your day. Though seemingly small, our most trivial habits can also have a profound effect on our sleep cycle and ultimately on your work performance, relationships, finances, etc.
It is completely obvious that sometimes even following the above habits religiously, you might end up with no significant benefit. Here, we would suggest you consult a homeopath for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Top homeopathic medicines for sleeplessness
Helpful in treating insomnia caused due to jet lag
Helpful in treating anxiety, shock, fear, greif, paranoia,
Difficulty falling asleep at night but sleepy during the day
Difficulty waking up in the morning
Condition of bedwetting
Eyes not completely closed during sleep. Useful for children facing sleeplessness in night.
Helpful in treating insomnia due to exhaustion and strain
If you still have any doubt or concerns, please feel free to drop me a message at info@RChomeopathy.com.au and I will get back to you soon.
Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath.