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HOMEOPATHY & SLEEPLESSNESS

There is no precise designation of sleeplessness. In general, though, it represents a condition that upsets one’s ‘normal’ sleep patterns.

WHAT RESEARCH SAYS

Research suggests that there are over 75 different types of sleep disorders. One universal agreement is most sleep disorders ‘obstruct’ our regular sleep patterns. However, in order to separate the chaff from the grain, sleep researchers have catalogued sleep problems into three main areas, viz., —

  1. Dysomnia. In this condition, the individual finds it hard to fall asleep, or stay asleep. Examples include insomnia [sleeplessness],  sleepiness during daytime, sleep apnoea, or sudden, temporary loss of breath during sleep, and restless leg syndrome [RLS]
  2. Parasomnia. This includes REM [Rapid Eye Movement] sleep behaviour disorder, fear of going to sleep, sleepwalking, grinding of teeth during sleep time, bed-wetting and so on
  3. Medical/psychiatric sleep disorders. This corresponds to disturbed normal sleep, including psychoses, or schizophrenia, mood disorders [depression], stress, anxiety, panic attack and addictions, such as alcoholism.

In simple terms, sleeplessness is represented by the following pointers:

  • Insomnia, where you just can’t fall asleep, when you want to, or at ‘regular’ sleep times 
  • Jet-lag, where your sleep patterns are out of sync with the time zone of your destination. This happens with most international air travellers  
  • When you suddenly fall asleep without a word of warning, especially during daytime 
  • Anxiety about sleep itself, or ‘sleep terror disorder,’ where you are hurriedly woken  up from your sleep by fright 
  • Unintentional grinding of teeth
  • Advanced and delayed sleep phase syndrome, where your bio-clock, or circadian rhythm, is disturbed.

SYMPTOMS

  • Frequent awakening at night
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Extreme daytime drowsiness
  • Extreme snoring
  • Sudden, momentary loss of breath [sleep apnoea]
  • Low energy during the wakeful hours of the day
  • Depression

Other equally common symptoms include —

  • Anxiety 
  • Moody blues
  • Inability to focus or concentrate 
  • Indifference 
  • Irritability 
  • Memory loss, or decline 
  • Forceful movements of the lower limbs during sleep.

HOMEOPATHY: THE SAFE, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR SLEEPLESSNESS

It is evidenced that millions of people suffer from sleeplessness worldwide. Millions more, it is reported, suffer from occasional sleeping problems. In general, however, researchers suggest that over half of elderly adults [age 65+], and many among the youthful, ‘techie’ brigade, for instance, experience some form of sleep disorder — with marked effects.

Are you one among them? No need to worry. All you need to do is speak to your professional homeopathic doctor.

Homeopathy is ideally geared to help you — because, it evaluates your unique, presenting symptoms, since no two individuals with sleep problems display the same symptoms. It also addresses one’s sleep problems effectively, by way of a customised, tailor-made approach to treatment.

Homeopathy aims to induce natural sleep, gently.  Homeopathic medicines for insomnia [sleeplessness], or sleep loss, are safe, non-habit-forming and effective. They endeavour to treat the individual’s temperament and nature, not just sleeplessness alone — although this is a significant part of the entire treatment process.

SELF HELP

  • Go to bed at the same time, every night; get up at the same time, every morning
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, tea, chocolate or cola in the evening; they disturb your normal sleep rhythms
  • Avoid reading newspapers, or watching TV, in the evening, or just before going to bed
  • Listen to music that is soothing, before sleeping
  • Sleep on your back, as this enables your internal organs to rest/relax
  • Do not fall asleep on your front; this may lead to shallow breathing and also ‘pressurise’ your internal organs.

 

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