The term insomnia is derived from the Latin words in-not, somnus-sleep, describing the condition perfectly. It is a short or long-term condition, which involves difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia can affect anyone; however, women tend to be more susceptible than men are. The resulting sleepiness from insomnia can interfere with daily functions, increase the risk for accidents, interfere with work performance, and lead to weight gain.
There are many different natural methods used to treat insomnia. One of the most common natural methods is to use herbs, which have been shown to promote relaxation and aid sleep. The most popular of these herbs is valerian. Valerian has been so effective; it is an accepted over-the-counter remedy in Europe. Valerian is not addictive and does not cause grogginess the next morning. Unfortunately, it does not work for everyone.
Another natural method that has been shown to be effective at fighting insomnia is relaxation techniques. There are several different techniques, which include visualization, in which the person actively imagines a relaxing scene and puts him or herself into it. Yoga has also shown to be an effective insomnia treatment because done regularly, it promotes a sense of restfulness.
If herbs and relaxation techniques do not help, many people turn to aromatherapy as a way to relax and fall asleep. The scent of lavender has been proven to have sedative qualities and to help individuals fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. It is also easy to incorporate into a bedtime routine by using lavender linen spray on your pillow, or applying lavender scented lotion just before bedtime.
Acupuncture is another natural technique, which has been shown to be effective in treating insomnia. Regular acupuncture treatments increase melatonin secretion in the body, which helps individuals fall asleep faster and attain a deeper level of sleep.
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