Homeopathy treatment for Insomnia
Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, to the point that it interferes with getting adequate rest. Insomnia may be caused by emotional distress, worry, nervous tension, too much thinking, pain, drugs, caffeine, overeating, or environments that are not conducive to sleeping.
People with insomnia either can't get to sleep, or they sleep too lightly and awaken too early or too frequently. They often feel tired in the morning upon waking, and do not dream normally.
Lack of sleep contributes to irritability, stress, poor performance at school or work, and a greater tendency to make mistakes or have acci- dents. People with chronic insomnia may become irritable or depressed.
An occasional lost night of sleep will not cause much difficulty, but chronic insomnia can take its toll on one's health. Sleep deprivation impacts the proper functioning of the immune system and decreases overall alertness and mental functioning.
Does the person look fatigued?
Does the person have dark circles under the eyes?
"I can't sleep since I was so badly frightened." Aconite
"I am so worried that I can't get to sleep. If I don't get to sleep, I'll die!" Arsenicum album
"I feel really alert and I can't shut my mind off." Coffea
"I can't sleep because of the pain." Coffea, Chamomilla
"I am very tired, but I am so excited about my performance tomorrow that I can't sleep!" Gelsemium
"I just can't sleep since my father died. Sigh!" Ignatia
"It's 3:00 A.M. and I can't get to sleep. All I can think of is my business!" Nux vomica
Is the insomnia occasional, or is it chronic?
Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep?
Do you wake at a particular time of night?
Are any mental or emotional things bothering you?
Are you too warm or chilly?
Do-you need the window open or closed?
How does noise or light affect your sleep?
Do you have any nighttime worries or fears?
Do you crave anything to eat or drink at night?
Are you hungry or thirsty in bed?
What position do you like to sleep in?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
If the person can't sleep following a terrifying experience, the medicine is Aconite.
· For insomnia that begins right after a financial crisis, give Arsenicum album.
· For someone who sits up in bed wide awake at 3:00 A.M., think of Coffea.
· Coffea and Chamomilla can be helpful for sleeplessness due to hypersensitivity to pain.
· For inability to sleep because of anticipation or stage fright, Gelsemium fits best.
· If the insomnia began during a period of grieving after the death of a loved one, the best medicine is Ignatia.
· People who wake at 3:00 A.M. worrying about business often benefit from Nux vomica.
· Give three pellets of 30C twice a day until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Homeopathic medicines can provide a short-term solution to a sleepless night by rapidly helping people to get a good night's sleep. Chronic insomnia should be treated constitutionally by a homeopathic practitioner.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
Drink a cup of warm milk, containing the amino acid tryptophan, one-half hour before bedtime.
· Equal parts of valerian root, skullcap, passionflower, and hops is a useful herbal sleep formula. Take thirty drops of tincture in warm water one-half hour before bedtime 'or every two hours as heeded.
· Take an hour of quiet time or relaxation without noise or entertainment before going to bed.
· Lie on the right side with arm out- stretched to induce sleep more rapidly.
· Do alternate nostril breathing for five minutes at bedtime. Close the right nostril with your thumb pressed to the side of your nose. Inhale slowly through the left nostril. With your middle finger close the left nostril, release your thumb to open the right and exhale. Inhale through the right. Then close the right nostril and exhale through the left. Inhale slowly through the left and switch again, exhaling through the right. Continue for three to ten minutes.