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Effective, Natural Treatments for Sleep Issues and Insomnia

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Sound sleep is critical to your health and well-being. If you are not sleeping well it can negatively impact your life and disrupt everyday functioning. Sleep is just as important to your optimal health as diet and exercise.

Researchers found 75% of adults frequently have symptoms of sleeping problems. Insomnia is also sometimes a symptom of some underlying disease or problem such as stress, anxiety, depression, heart disease, sleep apnea, hot flashes, diabetes or lung disease.

You don’t need to put your body through the pain caused by the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs, especially when there is a better answer in the form of natural herbs.

Our rushed and sleep deprived lifestyles gives rise to sleep disorders, including insomnia. Insomnia is an ever-increasing problem worldwide. Statistics show that 3 of 4 adults frequently suffer from symptoms of sleep problems.

Sleep problems and insomnia are no longer confined to older adults and senior citizens. The largest increase of these issues has been seen in children and young adults. For the last few years, sales of sleep remedies have been on the rise, including natural and herbal remedies. Many alternative treatments are effective in treating both the symptom of insomnia and its underlying causes.

Insomnia is a disorder that can cause many problems, both physical and mental. It can interfere and disrupt a normal life, it contributes to head pain, dizziness, mental exhaustion, confusion, memory issues, and emotional instability. Insomnia is not a disease but it can be a sign of a more serious disorder such as arthritis, asthma, stress, kidney, heart disease, etc.

According to the National Sleep Foundation polls, nearly 6 out of l0 men and women – 126 million people – experience at least one symptom of insomnia a few nights a week.

In Ayurvedic medicine, insomnia is often associated with a vata imbalance. Vata regulates breathing and circulation. People with a vata imbalance often notice irritability, anxiety, and fear with insomnia.

Insomnia comes in many forms, from very mild or only occasional bouts of sleeplessness to acute where the lack of sleep goes on night after night, week after week, and even year after year, leaving a person dragged out, stressed and unable to function normally.

Extended use of prescription sleep medications often makes insomnia worse over the long term. Prescription sleep medications can be habit forming and often do not treat the specific cause of the insomnia. Sleeping pills can cause morning grogginess, disorientation that can lead to falls or other problems,  and confusion. Also, no prescription sleeping drugs for children have FDA approval for that age group.

The prescription drug Ambien is widely known and is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Although Ambien will probably give you a good night’s sleep, it’s not recommended for long-term use and, in some people, can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting and even short-term amnesia.

There are 26 million annual prescriptions for Ambien. Yet Ambien carries many dangerous side effects, risks and warnings. Special warnings about Ambien include that you can become dependent on some sleep medications if you use them for a long time or at high doses and some people using Ambien-especially those taking serotonin-boosting antidepressants-have experienced unusual changes in their thinking and behavior.

Also, Ambien and other sleep medicines can cause a special type of memory problems. It should not be taken on an overnight airplane flight of less than 7 to 8 hours, since “traveler’s amnesia” may occur.

Various natural treatment options, such as foods, dietary supplements and herbal remedies, are available as helpful alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription medications. Native Remedies offers 100% natural remedies for insomnia and sleep disorders that are safe alternatives without side-effects or risk of addiction.

Some benefits to choosing non-pharmacologic sleep aids are:

* less expensive than a pharmacologic treatment

* fewer side effects are experienced

* longer-lasting relief (particularly when behavioral treatments are used as well).

Following is a brief overview of symptoms, causes and natural treatment options for sleep problems and disorders and insomnia.

Insomnia Symptoms

* Difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep – This condition continues night after night for a month or more.

* Waking up tired – People with insomnia often feel like they haven’t slept at all.

* Morning head pain -This is often called the hangover effect, when, in fact, the person did no drinking the night before.

* Difficulty concentrating

* Irritability

* Bloodshot eyes

* Daytime sleepiness

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia is often not a disease in itself but a symptom of some underlying disease or problem

* Stress or anxiety – Lying awake worrying about your problems.

* Depression either causes insomnia or causes a need to sleep long hours in an attempt to get away from what is causing the depression. Also, while depression can cause insomnia, the reverse is also true. Insomnia can cause depression.

* Chronic disorders – Sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, and diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis.

* Medications – Medications for other problems can cause insomnia.

* Poor eating habits – Eating large meals too near bedtime.

* Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol – Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants. Alcohol disrupts your sleep patterns.

* Lack of exercise

* Women in menopause often experience insomnia.

Treatments for insomnia

* Treat any underlying causes – If you suffer from a disease or disorder that is causing the insomnia, that must be treated first.

* Reduction of stress or anxiety

* Herbal pills and natural herbs. Herbal remedies such as Chamomile, Lemon Balm, St. John’s Wort, and Passion Flower have been used for insomnia for many years.

* Relaxation techniques – Meditation. Hypnosis. Soft music.

* Improved lifestyle – Keeping regular hours. Cutting back on caffeine, smoking and alcohol. Making sure the bedroom and bed are comfortable places to be.

Sleep isn’t just the concern of those who suffer from sleep loss. It can also affect your family, you friends, and your community as well.

Awareness must be raised of the importance of adequate sleep to health and safety and of the signs of symptoms of sleep problems and disorders. Awareness also needs to be raised that there are natural and herbal alternative treatments available to you for naturally treating insomnia and sleep problems without the dangerous side-effects and addiction of the prescription pharmacological drugs.

Sources:; AskDocWeb; Jennifer Warner -WebMD Medical News; Florence Cardinal-Your Guide to Sleep Disorders on; Science News Online;

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  • Carrie Gebbie said:

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