By Dr. Uday Naik, Homeopathy
Some people simply lie down and fall asleep instantly while others toss and turn for hours before going off to sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone be it toddlers or adults. There are many reasons as to why people find it difficult to sleep or do not enjoy a restful sleep. Homeopathy can be very helpful in treating such sleep disorders.Here are a few homeopathic medicines that can improve the quality of your sleep:
- Arsenicum album: Sleeplessness caused by anxiety, fear or worry can be treated using arsenicum album. Apart from having difficulty in falling asleep, patients suffering from this disorder often wake up in the middle of the night. Some patients also feel restless while sleeping, which makes the person toss and turn in bed and at times feel the need to walk.
- Coffea cruda: This can be used to treat insomnia caused by mental and physical restlessness. Symptoms of the sleep disorder can be treated by Coffea Cruda as they provide us with constant flow of ideas, rapid thoughts, nervous energy and excitement. Having a cup of coffee before bedtime often triggers these symptoms. This is often experienced by people on the night before an important day.
- Gelsemium sempervirens: Insomnia caused by exhaustion and anticipatory anxiety can be treated with gelsemium sempervirens. This is often experienced as a symptom associated with alcohol withdrawal. Babies who cannot fall asleep because of teething pains can also be given gelsemium sempervirens.
- Nux vomica: Some people fall asleep early but wake up in the middle of the night with an alert mind only to start feeling sleepy again early in the morning. This makes them irritable and tired. In such cases, nux vomica is known to be beneficial towards having a more restful sleep. This sleep disorder is worsened by narcotics and stimulants such as coffee or alcohol.
- Phosphorus: Some people especially the elderly, feel sleepy all day but can’t fall asleep at night. Lying on their left side makes this worse and their sleep is broken into naps. Phosphorus can be used in such cases to regulate the sleep cycle and improve the quality of sleep.
Apart from medication, lifestyle changes can also help to cure sleep disorders. Some of these changes are:
- Exercise early in the morning for at least 30 minutes each day.
- Avoid caffeine and foods that are difficult to digest especially before bedtime.
- Avoid snacks that can make your blood sugar fluctuate.
- Eat a protein snack or sip chamomile tea before going to bed.