Natural Remedies for Insomnia
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, and get quality sleep. People who have insomnia, especially severe insomnia, can suffer from many health issues related to lack of sleep. There are two main types of insomnia: acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term). Acute insomnia is usually a result of stress, trauma, or short term health issues. Chronic insomnia can be the result of many things including bigger medical conditions, certain medicines or drugs, or sleep disorders. No matter what reasons for insomnia you have, we have found some natural remedies for insomnia that we hope help you get the quality sleep you need.
Acute insomnia, whether it is severe insomnia or a situational difficulty with sleep, can often be treated by lifestyle changes. Acute insomnia is often caused by a stressful event or situation in your life. Identifying what this situation is and taking steps to decrease the stress it is causing you is the first step in reducing your insomnia. Some lifestyle changes you can take include decreasing or cutting caffeine and other stimulants from your diet. In addition to cutting out these stimulants, eating a varied diet, not taking naps, exercising, and minimizing screen time before bed can all contribute to healthier sleep patterns.
If you’re not sure what causes your acute insomnia, it may help for you to keep a sleep journal. By writing down your habits around bedtime, you may be able to identify your reasons for insomnia.
Chronic insomnia is categorized into types: primary and secondary. Primary insomnia is a medical condition and can be caused by long-term stressful events, situations, or trauma in a person’s life. It can persist even past the event because of habits learned to deal with lack of quality sleep. These habits include consuming caffeine, taking naps, and anxiety about getting enough sleep.
Treatment of insomnia of this type is like treatment of acute insomnia
Secondary chronic insomnia is insomnia as a symptom of another condition, drug, or sleep disorder. Disorders that can cause this type of insomnia include: chronic pain, asthma, overactive thyroid, heartburn, restless legs syndrome, and even menopause or the accompanying hot flashes. This type of insomnia can also be the side effect of some medications. Things like overuse of stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and other sedatives can have effects like insomnia.
Natural Remedies for Insomnia
There are some things you can do to treat or decrease your insomnia. As mentioned before, eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains can promote total body health and give you the energy that you may be missing. Cutting out all or most caffeinated products from you diet, drinking less alcohol or smoking less (or quitting if you can), can all help improve insomnia. There are also some over the counter natural remedies for insomnia. These include melatonin, which is a natural chemical found in your body that helps regulate sleep cycles. You can also find valerian and chamomile teas at most holistic health retailers and grocers.
Treatment of insomnia, especially severe insomnia or chronic insomnia may be best done with the help of a health practitioner.