Treatments for Insomnia
There is a wide range of natural treatments used today for insomnia and stress control.
They may be utilized by themselves or in combination
with conventional medical treatments. Factors like health
condition, economical issues or personal
to be considered to
optimize patient's outcome.
Most common natural treatments for insomnia
is a strategy where patient education plays a critical role.
changing some bad sleep habits and employing good sleep hygiene helps
solve the problem with insomnia.
essential oils for treatment of different disorders goes as far back in
time as ancient civilizations.
The aromatherapy oil can be
used in small
amounts for massage, bath or inhalation. Some people just put
on the pillow. Oils used commonly for stress and sleep
problems are made
from lavender, marjoram and ylang-ylang.
|This is done by sticking very thin
needles through the skin to special, symptom-related points on the
The idea of acupuncture involves energy flowing
body. This energy called chi flows along the pathways -
chi is blocked or unbalanced at any point on a meridian, you may become
ill. The goal of acupuncture is to unblock and balance the
flow of chi
to restore health.
the same idea as acupuncture. The difference is that instead
needles, the index and ring fingers are used to apply pressure on
Some practitioners may also use heat or
electrical shock to stimulate the meridians.
therapy has been successfully used to heal a wide range of medical
conditions. Among them are stress and stress related problems
depression and insomnia.
There are different types of massage
from very gentle to rather intense. Gentle massage of the
shoulders may be very helpful for body relaxation.
techniques include breathing exercises and progressive muscle
Breathing exercises involve slow and deep inhalation
the nose and exhalation through the mouth.
reduce the tension and mental anxiety resulting from stress.
studies suggest that meditation may influence production of certain
hormons in the body. One of them melatonin
circadian rhythm and sleep.
Often it is
very helpful to use a prerecorded audiotape, where an instructor guides
you through all the steps.
Both conventional and natural treatments
for insomnia have benefits and risks.
Non-pharmacologic approaches are preferred
by many people because, being relatively effective, they are often free
of side effects.
Also natural methods like meditation,
relaxation techniques or massage can help ease stress and improve a
person's sense of well-being,
which may positively influence their physical health in general.
Some elements like Calcium, Magnesium,
vitamins B (thiamine,
riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin and pantothenic acid)
and vitamin D play an essential role in many of the
body's metabolic reactions and also in the regulation of the nervous
system. Deficiency of any of these elements or vitamins may
be linked with sleep problems.