The inability to fall asleep and stay asleep until a reasonable early morning hour is a cause of much anxiety and frustration and if the sleep pattern is disturbed indefinitely a gradual deterioration in health is observed as fatigue, susceptibility to infection, depression and anxiety.

Conversely, anxiety, nervousness or excitement over a particular life issue will at times cause INSOMNIA.  Other causes of sleeplessness are:  lack of physical exercise, too much brain stimulating activity before retiring, viewing television in bed in the bedroom which has become an entertainment room rather than the room associated with sleep, drinking coffee or tea and smoking cigarettes which all stimulate the adrenal glands, ingesting food or drinks that one is allergic to and hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels.  Hypoglycemia causes the brain to seek more of its natural fuel, ie glucose, by stimulating the adrenal glands to secrete a hormone called cortisol, which indirectly causes a rise in blood sugar levels.  However other glands in the adrenal glands are stimulated at the same time causing a secretion of adrenalin and noradrenalin which are potent energisers which will awaken one from deep sleep with a start and leave you feeling wide-eyed and ready to go at some unearthly hour.  The remedy for this scenario, a warm milk drink with glycerine added before retiring, if you do wake, drink a glass of sugar free fruit juice left on the bedside table.

The elderly need only six or seven hours of sleep a night.

Reading or listening to relaxing music often promotes sleep, try relaxing the body one section at a time, starting from the top of the head and systematically progressing to the tips of the toes, clench or contract the muscle group, hold for ten seconds and then relax.  Try looking upwards and slightly backwards without blinking, until finally the eyes are forced to close and relax.  An alternative method, breathe in through the nose for your count of four, and exhale through pursed lips for your count of seven, listening to and feeling the pathway of each breath, effectively retaining carbon dioxide which will relax the nervous system entire.  Be content that even if you’re not asleep, your body can still relax and rest and regenerate and benefit to a great degree.

Please seek my professional advice regards herbs used to treat INSOMNIA.

Hops and Chamomile help and the following foods have soporific effect:  Dill, Thyme, Aniseed, Cucumber juice, Chicory, Fennel seed and Lettuce.

Melatonin is the hormone our brain makes to induce sleep, this can be purchased through various avenues.

An Epsom salts drench helps prevent INSOMNIA, add 60 gram of Epsom salts to 1,100 ml of warm water, after your bath or shower have opened the pores of the skin, pour over the body, wait 1 to 2 minutes and then pat dry.

Best wishes with this info, may you snap out of INSOMNIA.


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