A sleep disorder can also be termed as somnipathy or insomnia. It is a type of medical disorder which causes disrupted sleep patterns. In this disorder, one suffers from lack of continuous sleep without any obvious reasons and experiences high levels of unrest because of it. Insomnia brings about disturbance in retaining sleep, distraction, dysphotia, excessive fatigue, and drowsiness all the time.
This disorder generally is caused due to issues ranging from teeth grinding to high levels of stress, night terrors or several other reasons. These disorders can be extremely harmful if they reach a stage where they can affect the mental emotional and physical function as well. Many a times sleep disorders are instigated by substance abuse as well. In All these cases, one can find respite in herbal remedies.
It is proven by researchers that insomnia can be successfully treated by herbal treatments in the form of teas, baths, infusions etc. The main herbs that constitute in treatment of sleep disorders are hops, valerian, chamomile, passion flower, and Skullcap. A brief detail about them is mentioned below.
Herbal Remedies For Sleep Disorders
Passionflower (Pass flora incarnate)
Passion herb that acts as a natural analgesic and also a sedative as it consists of harming which is effective for breaking down serotonin and inducing sleep. It even treats muscular cramps, general insomnia, asthmatics, nerve pain and even hysteria. The appropriate dosage is about 30 to 40 drops of its tincture, an hour before retiring for the night.
Valerian (Valerian officinalis)
This is a well-known herb to treat sleep disorders as it relaxes a person by working on the grievances such as it brings down the bloodpressure,relieves spasms, induces sleep ,calms digestion and so on. It is not only a sedative but also antihypertensive and especially benefits women with irregular sleep patterns. It is extremely safe as It provides unperturbed sleep without any morning drowsiness or disorientation; however one should always consult a doctor before taking this herb. It can be consumed in the form of tea and tincture as well.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Hops are a sleep inducing and a relaxing herb that gives a lot of respite in sleep disorders that care caused by headaches. One can use it for treating general insomnia that occurs due to anxiety or stress. The sleep disorder that happens due to indigestion and restlessness can also be taken care of by Hops. The best way to use this herb is by preparing a bath or a soak. It can also be taken in the form of tea. One should avoid it in the case of pregnancy or even when a person is depressed.
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Chamomile is another herb for treating sleep disorders that occur due to some kind of pain, indigestion, unrest and others. It is known to be an anti-spasmodic and also works as a relaxant. It is extremely beneficial for treating anxiety and many a times act as a painkiller. It can be used in a bath and can be taken orally as well relaxing, eases digestion.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap is an extremely good muscle relaxant and a good tonic for the nerves. It cures insomnia due to anxiety and tension and can be used when one suffers from premenstrual pains and cramps, depression and even hysteria. Its preparation for a bath is extremely relaxing and induces sleep. Skullcap infusions are easy to prepare and highly effective.