Friday, June 12, 2009

Insomnia causes and herbal cures

Insomnia is defined as difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep or both. Persistent inability to sleep affects almost 30-50% of people and women more so than men. Insomnia can be categorised as transient, short term and chronic. Chronic insomnia lasts for more than three weeks and medical treatment should be sought as it can have serious adverse consequences.

Insomnia can affect all ages. Psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, mania, schizophrenia are most common causes of insomnia. However physiological problems and medications may also trigger insomnia.

Acute or short term insomnia can be treated by adopting habits conducive to promoting sound sleep. These include avoiding caffeine and watching TV before bedtime. Moderate exercise during the day. Creating a relaxing bedtime environment by preventing noise or light from invading the bedroom.

Herbal remedies like Valerian provide a sound night's rest and also prevent morning sleepinessValerian for insomnia. Valerian can be taken before bedtime and is good for treating moderate insomnia, anxiety and nervousness. Valerian should not be taken for more than 3 months.

Another herb that induces relaxation is Ashwagandha. IAshwagandha for stress relieft relaxes the mind and body and provides relief from stress.

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