Insomnia is inability to get a sound sleep. This disorder is faced by millions of people in today’s world. An adult needs an average of six to eight hours of restful sleep in the night, but people suffering from insomnia are either unable to sleep at all and keep tossing and turning throughout the night or sleep fitfully and keep waking on and off.
In both the instances you wake up feeling tired and miserable and with a whopping headache into the bargain. You keep feeling drowsy, dull and lethargic throughout the day and are unable to cope with work at home or at the office. Insomnia can have a great impact on the health. It can lead to serious health problems like heart diseases and depression. People suffering from insomnia are also more likely to have accidents either on the road or at home or on the job.
Home Remedies For Insomnia
Sit on a mat in a cross legged position. Keep your back straight and rest your hands on your knees with palms facing upwards. Close your eyes and relax your whole body. Breathe in and out in the same rhythm. Let your thoughts wash over you. Do not resist them and keep concentrating on your breathing. Gradually your mind will calm down and you will experience an internal peace. Meditate every morning and evening for fifteen minutes. You will find that you are able to get a sound sleep.
Sit on a mat in a cross legged position. Keep your back straight. Join your index finger and thumb and keep the rest of the fingers absolutely straight. Keep your hands on your knees with the palms facing upwards. Inhale deeply till the count of five. Hold your breath till the count of five and exhale slowly till the count of seven. Again hold your breath till the count of five and inhale deeply. Continue inhaling and exhaling in this manner for fifteen minutes. This exercise will remove all your stress and will bring peace to your agitated mind. It will enable you to get a good night’s sleep.
Drinking a glass of hot milk, just before going to bed is a time tested remedy for sleep troubles. Milk contains a chemical called tryptophan which relaxes the brain and induces sleep. It also relaxes the entire body and eases away the day’s fatigue and weariness.
This tea has sedative properties which remove fears and anxieties and promote restful sleep. Boil a cup of water and steep two teaspoons of chamomile tea into it for ten minutes. After straining the tea, stir in one teaspoon of honey. Drink this tea three times during the day and one cup before going to bed.
Before retiring for the night, have a bath with warm water and give your body a thorough rubbing with a coarse towel. Take some sandalwood oil onto your palm and with your fingertips, rub it gently on your temples and forehead. Rub your temples in a circular motion. The cool and fragrant aroma of sandalwood will soon put you off to sleep.