Each of us needs a good amount of sleep to feel our best and to maintain our health. We cannot expect to be prepared to meet the day without having a far amount of rest the night before. Even geniuses need a sufficient amount of slumber for example: Einstein slept a reported 12 hours per night. Persons who struggle with insomnia run the risk of both physical and mental disorders. We need our sleep to recover and rejuvenate our bodies at the end of our day. We intuitively know when it’s time to turn in because our bodies begin to slow down and we become aware that we are tired. If we ignore the symptoms we start to suffer the consequences including but not limited to weight gain. A study cited in the publication the “Annals of Internal Medicine, “Dec 2004, reported that loss of sleep can affect the hormones causing us to feel hunger sensations even when we really do not have an appetite and we get cravings for carbohydrates and, for high-calorie foods.
Apparently, women suffer more from sleep deprivation than men. Discomfort and pain is another reason why people do not get enough rest which increases with age. Of course, nothing causes us to lose more sleep than nervousness and worry. Medications help to bring about sleep but have their share of side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
There are other more homeopathic aids that people find to be a better solution for them than having to take what could end up becoming additive drugs to induce sleepiness. They are natural remedies – herbs that can be made into teas. I have listed them below:
- Wild lettuce
- California poppy
- Lady’s slipper orchid
- Wild Oats
- St. John’s wort
Herbs have great sedative properties. Hops (fruiting bodies of a vine grown in Pacific Northwest for flavoring beer) can be inhaled as one would an essential oil. In addition, lemon balm can play a role in improving cognitive disorders by calming a person’s nerves and improving their mood if inhaled as an essential oil as well.
Chamomile tea along with other remedies such as a warm glass of milk can have a mild sedative effect too. My favorite way to cope with a sleeping disorder is to make myself a dream pillow and tuck it inside of my pillow case. As I sleep, the dried herbs (which I select from the list above and combine) are gradually crushed and when this happens they automatically release the subtle essences of the herbs luring me to sleep.