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Homeopathic remedies for insomnia

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homeopathic remedies for insomniaInsomnia is defined as persistant sleeplessness. It is usually only a temporary condition, and is normally related to issues such as working long hours, smoking, stress, alcohol, prescription medication, diet, anxiety or grief. Other causes of insomnia are PMS, menopause, acidity or indigestion. The choice of homeopathic remedy will be dependent on the cause of the insomnia.  Lack of good quality sleep or insomnia can lead to lack of concentration, irritability and even depression. There are no guidelines on how much sleep is enough, as some people can function on 5 hours a night while others require up to 10 hours sleep a night. Chronic insomnia may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition, so it would be recommended to see your G.P.

Specific Homeopathic Remedies for Insomnia

The indicated homeopathic remedies should be taken 1 hour before going to bed. The dose can be repeated after an hour and if woken in the middle of the night. These homeopathic remedies provide a natural alternative to conventional sleep tablets, without the side effects. The remedies should be taken in the 30c potency. The remedies mentioned below are all natural and are safe for the whole family.

Coffea. This natural remedy is very good for insomnia caused by overactivity of the mind, as the result of good or bad news. It could also be due to excitement and an inability to switch off from the day. The person may be oversensitive to noise, touch, or smell.

Nux vomica is the homeopathic remedy of choice if the insomnia is due to working long hours, mental strain, overindulgence in rich food or alcohol. The person may fall asleep without a problem but will awake between 3 to 4am. This remedy should be considered if the person is irritable during the day and cant switch off from work.

Arsenicum Alb. This homeopathic remedy if the person wakes between midnight and 2am. The person may be generally very anxious or worried.

Cocculus should be taken if the person has insomnia due to working at nights, or shift work. This homeopathic remedy is also very good to treat insomnia that is due to jet-lag. The person may have dizziness and be irritable.

Ignatia is an effective homeopathic remedy for insomnia that is due to grief or bad news. The person may yawn a lot but has a very restless sleep.

Aconite should be taken if the insomnia follows a shock or panic.

Passiflora Co (Ainsworths)

Nutricalm (Natures Sunshine)

Avena sativa comp (Weleda)

Other self help measures

  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine, ideally in the morning.
  • Avoid eating large meals late at night. Try to have dinner at least three hours before bed.
  • Try to avoid any caffeine after mid afternoon.
  • Learn some type of relaxation… e.g yoga or meditation.

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