Being unable to sleep is extremely inconvenient and can wreck multiple aspects of your life. However, it is important to find out the underlining reason behind your inability to sleep. Sometimes stress, anxiety, and mental tension can be the cause.
Consuming too much caffeine, and other stimulants as well as certain medications can cause Insomnia too. There are many possible causes, however, I am going to share some simple solutions to help get you to sleep.
– Almonds. A handful of Almonds, and a glass of warm milk are heavy enough to reduce mental hyperactivity and induce sleep. Almonds contain magnesium which is essential for health as well as sleep. In studies, its been seen that magnesium can also reduce “cortisol” the stress hormone that has the ability to cause Insomnia.
– Gotu Kola, a brain tonic, is a mild sedative and can aid in Insomnia. This medicinal plant is used for a vast number of neurological and psychiatric conditions in Ayurveda. Half a teaspoon or a 250mg tablet can be taken to help induce sleep.
– Chamomile, another sedative herb, can be taken as a tea. Chamomile tea has become very common, and can be purchased at almost any grocery store. 1-2 cups of this tea will definitely put you to sleep.
– Ashwagandha, also known as Withania Somnifera is a brain tonic and mild sedative. The name itself “Somnifera” means “Sleep Inducing”. It is commonly used as an adaptogen to help the body deal with stress. Ashwagandha is effective several stress related conditions, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, emaciation, neuro-degenerative conditions, and many more diseases. This herb can be taken in a dose of 1-3 grams in a glass of hot milk with a little honey.
– Walnut oil, can be warmed, applied to the head and lightly massaged to help induce sleep. Walnuts can also be eaten a few hours before bed to help increase melatonin – the sleep inducing hormone. Walnuts themselves contain Melatonin and Tryptophan which aid in managing insomnia.
I personally do not recommend Melatonin supplements. In my opinion, magnesium is a better option, especially foods rich in magnesium.
Remember, while these remedies may help you sleep, it is important to get a proper diagnosis by a doctor to treat the underlining condition that is causing this problem.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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