Monday, November 19, 2012

Home remedies for Insomnia

Many of us have experienced insomnia at one point in our life. Insomnia or sleeplessness can be divided in two types: acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia usually lasts a few days to a couple of weeks and is caused mainly due to stress at work or home. Chronic insomnia is continuous and can be due to certain illnesses, medication or a sleep disorder.

Insomnia can have drastic effects on our health causing us to feel irritable and depressed hence making it difficult to go about with our normal work and disrupting our life.

The following are some home remedies you can try to treat insomnia.

Soak in a warm bath for 15 minutes which has 1 cup Epsom salt added to it before going to bed. The warmth of the bath will help your body relax and prepare itself for a good night sleep.  

Avoid drinking caffeine based drinks like coffee and tea before going to bed. Caffeine tends to keep us awake. Instead have a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon of honey added to it.

Avoid taking alcohol before going to bed since the chemicals can affect our sleep patterns and cause dehydration in the body forcing us not to have a restful sleep but instead one which will leave us drained of our energy and irritable the next morning.

Sleep in a quite dark room for our body needs such an environment to produce the sleep hormone melatonin which helps us fall asleep.

Make a point to go to bed at around the same time every night since this will help to promote healthy sleep patterns.

© Suranee Perera 2012 

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