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Insomnia Sleeplessness Homeopathic treatment



Insomnia(Sleeplessness)-overview


Definition:

Insomnia is defined as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both, despite adequate opportunity and time to sleep, leading to impaired daytime functioning. Insomnia may be due to poor quality or quantity of sleep.

Insomnia is very common and occurs in 30% to 50% of the general population. Approximately 10% of the population may suffer from chronic (long-standing) insomnia.

Insomnia affects people of all ages including children, although it is more common in adults and its frequency increases with age. In general, women are affected more frequently than men.

Insomnia may be divided into three classes based on the duration of symptoms.

Insomnia lasting one week or less may be termed transient insomnia;

short-term insomnia lasts more than one week but resolves in less than three weeks; and

long-term or chronic insomnia lasts more than three weeks.

Insomnia can also be classified based on the underlying reasons for insomnia such as sleep hygiene, medical conditions, sleep disorders, stress factors, and so on.

It is important to make a distinction between insomnia and other similar terminology; short duration sleep and sleep deprivation.

Short duration sleep may be normal in some individuals who may require less time for sleep without feeling daytime impairment, the central symptom in the definition of insomnia.

In insomnia, adequate time and opportunity for sleep is available, whereas insleep deprivation, lack of sleep is due to lack of opportunity or time to sleep because of voluntary or intentional avoidance of sleep

"I can't sleep!" These three words can explain nights of restless anguish for those who suffer from insomnia. An occasional night without much sleep is normal, but when it continues night after night, a vicious cycle can begin that can be exhausting and extremely frustrating.

Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours you sleep every night. The amount of sleep a person needs varies. While most people need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night, some people do well with less, and some need more. But, if you feel that you do not get satisfying sleep, you may have insomnia, a sleep disorder.
Sleep is very essential for the well-being of mind and body. Not only does sleep provide needed time for rest to restore energy and allow the body to renew itself, but your mind needs sleep as well, in order to process the events and stresses of the previous day and to dream. An untreated sleep disorder can lead to a form of psychosis, with delusions and hallucinations. It can also reduce your daytime productivity by affecting co-ordination, reaction time, judgement, also can increase your risk of accidents, and put you at risk for illness and even early death

Causes of Insomnia:

Some conditions that commonly lead to Insomnia are:

  • Certain physical conditions like: the need to urinate frequently, any illness causing pain or difficulty breathing can interfere with both sleep onset and sleep maintenance.
  • Watching exciting programs on television late at night.
  • Consuming excessive caffeine, alcohol or eating a large meal close to bedtime.
  • Vigorous exercise less than three hours before bedtime may disturb sleep patterns.
  • In the majority of insomnia cases, however, the main problem is emotional – worry, anxiety, arguments or depression.
  • Paradoxically, insomnia may result from the use of a sedative prescribed to relieve it.
  • Some people, especially the elderly or those working at night or traveling across time zones, develop a reverse sleep pattern: drowsiness in the morning, sleep during the day and wakefulness at night.
  • Hormonal changes during menstrual cycle and menopause.
  • Sleeping besides a partner that snores too loud.

Diseases which often cause sleeplessness

  • Nervous disorders – Any nervous stimulation of reticular system will disturb the person and keep him/her awake. Any lesion of mid pontine area which separates lower portions from cortex will prevent going to sleep, causing complete sleeplessness.
  • Respiratory disorders – Any breathing difficulty can cause arousal from sleep
  • Circulatory disorders – lack of oxygen, due to poor circulation

Complication of long term sleep deprivation

Symptoms of Insomnia

In children, sleeplessness can cause
Dullness
Lack of concentration
Behavioural changes
In children
Habit of grinding teeth and rolling in bed
Deliriousness – sleep talking
Somnambulism- sleep walking
Nose block due to adenoids or polyps
Heavily enlarged tonsils obstructing the airway
Coughing and wheezing at night or lying posture
Hyperactivity – being restless, they cannot maintain a position to get sleep
Nightmares
Aching muscles and aching bones· Frequent urination due to urinary tract infection or bedwetting

In adults 
Restlessness 
Psychological impairment 
Accidents in case of restless, waking drivers 
Violent behaviour 
Suicidal tendency 
Leads to rewinding the thoughts of the day and finding fault with what has happened and brooding 
Losing health and wealth by spending a lot on medicines and hospitals, sometimes, loss in business too, due to lack of concentrationDisturbances in maintaining or getting deep sleep may be due to lack of concentration.

In adults or the aged
Frequent urination due to diabetes or urinary tract infection
Snoring or respiratory disorders causing sleep apnoea
Hunger pain or acid pain of peptic ulcer
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Hypertension
Wheezing
Painful joints or muscles (cramps)
Abdomen or digestive disorders
Prostate enlargement and Priapism (persistent painful erection condition of penis)
Cholesterol stones of gall bladder which float and obstruct the bile duct in lying posture

 

symptoms of insomnia

Why sleep disturb ,Role of sleep centre

How it occurs – Usually a person slips into sleep when he/she is exhausted physically or mentally. As soon as he/she feels sleepy, he/she yawns, voluntary tightening and relaxing the muscles by holding a deep breath. The eyelids feel heavy and droop. These are all responses to the signal of the brain to the body to get ready for sleep. If there is no disturbance, execution of sleep takes place smoothly under the favourable situation. It needs nothing more than shutting the eye window and mind door. Now the brain can take rest comfortably. This process of execution is done with stimulus from the sleep centre in the brain.
Sleep centre – The hypothalamic region in the basal part of the brain, called Reticular Activating System (which consists of upper medulla, pons and mid brain), is the centre of sleep. It is the recipient of highest blood supply in the brain. It regulates the autonomic functions of the body i.e. regulates the body temperature, food intake, thirst, sleep, emotions, gastric acid regulation and sexual behaviour. Sleep is induced or controlled by serotonin, a hormone produced by the Raphe nuclei of this system which regulates the human biological clock. Serotonin secretion is more in the case of a child and gradually decreases as age advances. Hence, due to lack of serotonin, old people suffer from sleeplessness.
When the time of the biological clock is altered, it creates a jet lag situation. This situation often occurs in persons who travel for a long time abroad where there is difference in time. This situation leads to more tiredness, even after long sleep, instead of the person feeling refreshed. This type of unsatisfied sleeps leads to insomnia (sleeplessness). It can also occur due to emotions, depression, deep thoughts, stress, painful disease conditions, and hormonal changes.

Self care measure:

Along with Homeopathic medicines following some simple sleep hygiene measures will help promote a restful sleep:

  • Establish a regular schedule for going to bed and getting up. Avoid daytime naps.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine late in the day as they are stimulants and can keep you from falling asleep. Alcohol may help sleep onset, but cause early morning wakefulness.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise within 3 to 4 hours of bedtime because it may stimulate you and make it hard to fall asleep. Taking a mild walk or performing yoga before going to bed might help.
  • Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime. However, a light snack at bedtime may promote sleep.
  • Keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature and minimize light and noise.
  • Follow a routine to help relax before sleep, such as reading a book, listening to music, or taking a warm bath.
  • Drink a warm cup of milk before going to bed. Milk contains an amino acid that boosts serotonin in the brain, and enhances sleep.
  • Don’t use your bedroom as a place to work.
  • Relaxation techniques, meditation and sexual intercourse have a relaxing effect for many people.

 

Homoeopathic Treatment of Insomnia:

Homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances like coffee, strychnine and arsenic that cause wakefulness in healthy people. When prepared in minute, potentised doses, and prescribed according to the principle of “like cures like”, they can cure insomnia. When treating chronic insomnia, Homeopathy treats the whole person, rather than just the specific symptom of sleeplessness. What actually should be treated is not the sleeplessness. This is what is done in Homeopathy and not in any other form of treatment. A Homeopath, while taking the case history, tries to determine the anxiety factor in the patient. Thus the result is total freedom from tensions, worries and anxiety, which further treats Insomnia.

Homeopathy, the remedy is selected on the basis of symptoms of the patient, including physical, mental (emotional states, depression, anxious, etc) and family history. Homeopathy treats the patients, rather than the diseases or its effects. Homeopathy acts neurologically and helps the brain attain calmness. So it can give a permanent solution. It gives psychological support to withstand emotional conditions. Homeopathy, with its dynamic approach, can cure sleeplessness wonderfully. The major credit point with Homeopathy is its nil side-effects and also its effective cure which is permanent without any persistent usage of drugs or dependency or habit-forming.

The treatment is very individual for everyone and deals with insomnia as a mind-body connection. It will promote relaxation by soothing your nerves and calming irritability, anxiety and stress hence encouraging restful sleep. The goal of this Homeopathic approach is to enliven the body's natural healing and self-repair ability to not only help cure insomnia, but also to treat the underlying condition and to prevent it and create the highest state of health and well-being. Homeopathic remedies are also non–habit forming and have no addictive characteristics.

Adequate sleep is essential to health and peak performance as much as exercise and good nutrition. Hence, to get relieve from sleeplessness and to promote a restful sleep with the help of a safe, natural, effective and non-addictive treatment consider Homeopathy.

Homeopathic Remedies(medicines) for insomnia or sleeplessness

The following homoeopathic medicines may prove beneficial in Insomnia

Arnica – Good for physical overwork and when the bed feels too hard and uncomfortable. This remedy is also useful for jet lag.

Chamomilla – Ideal for someone who feels irritable and restless. It is also a great antidote for the overuse of coffee. Generally someone who needs this remedy will exhibit sleeplessness and restlessness during the first part of the night. Also great for an irritable baby who refuses to be calmed and their sleeplessness is caused by teething, anger or colic.

Cocculus  – If exhaustion is related to changing work shifts or too many nights of staying awake, as when caring for a sick person. Also for overtiredness and exhaustion. Another useful jet lag remedy too.

Coffea  – Coffea, the homeopathic remedy made from the coffee bean, is very useful in cases of sleeplessness when the mind is awake and overworking. Shows inability to relax due to the overexcitement caused by good news or ideas. Vivid dreams, overactive mind and overexcitement. The thoughts are not fixed on a disappointment, but nevertheless the nervous system seems to be overexcited, as if from drinking too much coffee.

Ignatia – Sleeplessness caused by shock, emotional stress, or grief, where the person has become overwrought and moody, with frequent yawning or sighing. Jerks limbs when falling asleep. Mood swings, thirstlessness, dreams with bottled up anger and tension.

Kali Phos – Great for night terrors, or waking up with a sinking feeling in the stomach. Caused by excitement or mental strain. Also for anxiety, irritability, and muscle fatigue. Someone who needs this remedy is often exhausted by stress or overwork.

Lachesis – Sleep problems during the menopause. Sensation of suffocation at the throat or bed swaying as you go to sleep. Dread of going to bed. Tendency to hold breath whilst falling asleep. Night sweats. Waking anxious and feeling unwell.

Nux vomica – Excellent for the person who is irritable and sleepless from stopping sedatives, or from too much mental stress, alcohol or food. For alcohol, overeating (especially spicy foods), noise, and lack of steep. The sleeplessness typically occurs after waking up very early in the morning. The person cannot get back to sleep until just before the alarm goes off, and then gets up irritable and angry from lack of sleep.

 

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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