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Natural Remedies: Insomnia

What is it?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents a person from being able to fall asleep or to stay asleep. There can be many reasons for Insomnia, some serious, like Sleep Apnea, It can be caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression, or bipolar disorder and sometimes occurs for no apparent reason. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be causes.

What can be done?

There are a lot of medicines, such as benzodiazepines, which over the long term can be addictive, or medicines such as Ambien, and Rozarem. There are also a lot of natural remedies that can help treat insomnia. First of all stay away from Alcohol consumption, especially heavy drinking as this can and will disrupt sleep patterns. Do not exercise within 3 hours before going to bed as exercise produces natural endorphins which can also prevent you from sleeping. Insomnia may be a symptom of magnesium deficiency, or lower magnesium levels, so take a magnesium, calcium supplement as this is a natural muscle relaxer combination. You can also try eating foods high in tryptophan such as turkey or warm milk, as tryptophan is the chemical that makes people sleepy after eating too much turkey on Thanksgiving! Taking a good multivitamin can also help to keep your minerals in balance to help you have all the nutrients you need to get good sleep. Finally, Valerian root is very good at calming and relaxing a person, it acts in a similar way as Valium does, some claim it works and feels just like the Valium. Valerian smells horrible, so be prepared, but it does work, and be sure to take it at bed time at first until you know what effect it will have on you as it really can be quite potent. If none of this works, AND you happen to snore, ask you doctor about being tested for sleep apnea which is a serious condition that involves temporary cessation of breathing while we sleep. This has serious ramifications and very easy remedies so be sure to have your doctor rule this out as a cause of your insomnia.

Also, be sure to check out:

  • Health Video on Sleep - Free online video covers common sleep disorders, consequences, treatment, and prevention of insomnia.

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