Homeopathy for Insomnia
If your insomnia results from being stuck on overdrive, feeling stressed, namelessly anxious and hyper-vigilant your symptoms could result from the chronic affects of stress and trauma.
Our natural sleep pattern is to have a 4 hour stint, and then have sleep cycles lasting approximately an hour, during which time you stir and go back into a deeper sleep, without waking up properly. If you are disturbed by children’s needs, the urge to urinate or a partner snoring, it can be difficult to soothe yourself down enough to get back to sleep – rather like restless infants who need to learn how to soothe themselves back into a state of comfort and security in order to get to sleep.
A sleep pattern of taking a while to get off to sleep, and of light sleep, easy waking from noise and a difficulty re-settling yourself can quickly produce chronic tiredness. Sleep specialists say that a regular time for sleeping is the most important aspect of your daily routine. If you are bring to move your sleep time, it is best down in 10 to 15 increments daily.
A heavy fall into sleep with early waking from about 3am is traditionally associated with depression, although frequent alcohol use and other lifestyle factors may be implicated.
Important factors for establishing good sleep habits
- Avoid caffeine altogether tea, coffee and fizzy drinks; sugar is also a problem
- Eat earlier in the evening and take some exercise after work rather than slumping on the sofa the whole evening.
- Daily exercise is very important, as are stress management techniques such as yoga, mediation or martial arts.
- Take a relaxing bath in the evening before bed.
- Read rather than watching movies late.
- Restrict computer use and other devices.
- Dim the lights an hour or two before sleep. Bright lights stimulate the release of melatonin, which makes you more alert.
- Restrict computer use and watching movies late.
- Save problem solving or tense conversations for the morning.
- Get up at the same time each day even if you are really tired, because this helps to establish a better sleep routine at the other end of the day.
- Avoid the use of sleeping tablets unless you are desperate – as they are very addictive, and some research has inked them to a reduction in cognitive function in later life.