It is said that Henry IV about whom Shakespeare has written a play suffered from insomnia. He used to say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." The patients of insomnia can be divided into seven categories. The first and the largest category is of those who are victims of excessive insomnia-people who keep awake during the night because they do not get any sleep or if their sleep is disturbed because of some reason, they can't go back to sleep.
The second category belongs to those who drink; they take sleeping pills or use some other sedatives. Another category of people are those who have been suffering from sleep disorders from -the very beginning. People in the fourth category suffer from acute depression or worries. The fifth category belongs to those who are somnolent-such people are sleepy most of the time. Whatever vocation they may be engaged in and whatever the time may be, they feel drowsy and want to go to sleep. The sleep of the people in the sixth category is continuously disturbed because of breathing problem. People in the seventh category indulge in sleep-walking, gritting teeth or moving the muscles during sleep.
Patients should not be encouraged to use sleeping pills. There are other ways to overcome sleep related problems, for example, the patient should De asked not to take coffee in the afternoon. He should be told to do exercise and go to sleep regularly. Besides, he should not go to sleep in the afternoon. He should learn to relax his muscles and do exercises which induce sleep and relaxation. -Nyaya, Aj11ier, 2.11.78 It has been noticed during treatment that patients of insomnia do a lot of thinking while going to sleep, as a result, they do not get sleep. Homeopathic medicine Calcaria Carb- 200 is effective in insomnia.
Natural Home remedies for the treatment of Insomnia
Simple home remedy for insomnia using Massage : Massage the neck, backbone and shoulders well for ten minutes before going to sleep. Massage the backbone with both upward and downward movement of the hands. Take a little stroll before bed time. Go to bed after passing the urine. It induces good sleep. If you do not get sleep soon after you get into the bed, do not worry. It is a good time for rest. You will get good sleep after this rest.
How to get rid of insomnia - Getting rid of insomnia
Good home remedy for insomnia using Honey : Mix a tsp. each of lemon juice and honey and take it at bed-time. It facilitates sleep. If sleep is disturbed, again take the above mixture and it will induce sleep. If lemon is not available drink a glass of water with 2 tsp. honey mixed in it. It is helpful for insomnia.
Effective home remedy for insomnia using water : If you are not getting sleep, put your feet and legs in warm water for ten minutes before going to bed. It is known as washing the feet with warm water. If you feel giddy, put a wet handkerchief on your head. In summer it is better to wash your feet with cold water before going to bed. You will get good sleep.
Homemade recipes for insomnia
Natural home remedy for insomnia using mustard oil : According to Bhavprakash, massaging the soles of the feet with mustard oil gives good sleep.
Herbal home remedy for insomnia using aniseed : Boil 10 gms. of aniseed in ½ litre of water, when the water is reduced to one-fourth quantity, strain and mix with 250 mi. of milk and 15 gms. of clarified butter. Add sugar to taste and drink before bedtime. This provides calmness.
Traditional natural home remedy for insomnia using nutmeg : Grind it in water or clarified butter and apply on the eyelids. You will quickly go to sleep.
Coriander : Grind fresh coriander leaves and mix with sugar and water and drink. It induces good sleep and provides relief from headache.
Simple home remedy for insomnia using curd : Curd mixed with black pepper powder, aniseed and sugar is sleep-inducing.
Diet tips for insomnia
Eating the following food items is sleep-inducing:
(1) Eating apple preserve, and
(2) Taking carrot juice.
Mango : Eat a mango at night followed by a glass of milk. It will induce good sleep.
Milk : (1) Eating 50 gms. of mawa or khoya made of milk before bedtime induces good sleep.
(2) Take a glass of milk mixed with sugar and a. tsp. of clarified butter before bed time. It will quickly induce sleep.
Tea : It is harmful for a patient of insomnia. Taking tea in the evening causes sleeplessness.
Cabbage : It is good for patients of insomnia. Cabbage should be taken as a vegetable cooked in clarified butter.
Onion: If you do not get sleep, eat raw or cooked onions or roast onions in hot ashes and take four tsp. of its juice. It will induce good sleep.
Some natural tricks used for insomnia
Remembering God : While going to sleep it is good to remember God. It will help you in getting good and refreshing sleep.
Keep regular sleeping hours. If you do not go to sleep in time, it is difficult to get sleep later. When you feel sleepy, go to bed alone. While trying to sleep, concentrate on breathing and to reverse counting from 100 downwards.