Sleeplessness or insomnia may have many causes, which is not so surprising when you think about these fast paced times at we live in.
We live our lives with constant inflow and outflow of information at our finger tips hardly leaving us “time out” to allow our minds and bodies to rest, recoup and repair.
So often we hear that people are getting less and less sleep. Recent studies confirm that teenagers particularly are losing sleep from being constantly attached to their mobile devices; illuminated screens contribute in sending the wrong signals to their brains that prevent normal sleep patterns being achieved. Adults are similarly affected, finding it difficult to escape from work phone calls and clients emails even when on holidays. The information age, while it has many advantages also has many disadvantages, one of these is our inability to set aside time to calm our minds. Our over active minds send thousands of thoughts bouncing around preventing us from getting a good night’s sleep.
A lack of routine can be a major cause of sleeplessness. Just like when we were babies we needed a regular and stable routine for sleeping; those same routines that served us so well then also serve us well as adults if we are to enjoy restful productive sleep. Our bodies need routine.
Other causes may include diet, too much food, too little food, eating incorrect types of food at the incorrect times of day, too much caffeine, other causes may include our work, too much to do, not enough time, the list goes on. These stressors all build up, which may start with irregular sleep, and in more severe cases may result in exhaustion. If we do not listen to the early signs that our bodies tell us, as these early signs are easier to remedy, rather than waiting for more serious symptoms to occur, we end up on a long hard road to recovery. A shorter road to return to health is a much more preferable option. I think you would agree, it pays not to ignore the early signs.
Ok, so we’ve looked at some of the causes. Now, let’s look at some of the all natural herbs that can assist in returning normal sleep patterns. Many herbs work well in unison and compliment each other.
Passionflower: Passiflora Incarnata
Passionflower is the first herb of choice for people who cannot sleep. It helps to ensure a restful night, with no hangover feeling in the morning, unlike many conventional sleep pills. Its sedative quality also makes it useful for those suffering from anxiety and nervousness.
Valerian: Valeriana Officinalis
Valerian is one of the best herbal sedatives, gently calming anxiety and easing muscular tension, acting on body, mind and spirit. It has an instant effect, useful for people who suffer from panic attacks, or if nervous tension exists preventing you from sleeping or waking later in the night.
Wild Lettuce: Lactuca Virosa
All members of the lettuce family contain opiate like substances that are sedative and pain relieving. It is mild enough for children and does not depress digestion like opiate-based drugs. It calms excitability and nervous tension, and can help with children who are hyperactive, or who cannot sleep. For adults too, it is a valuable remedy for sleeplessness and anxiety.
Chamomile: Matricaria Rectita or Chamomilla
Chamomile is one of the herbal all-rounders, useful for all sorts of problems. It will calm anxiety and relax tension both physical and emotional. Like Wild Lettuce it is very useful also for children who are hyperactive or have trouble sleeping.
Hops: Humulus Lupulus
Hops is a mild sedative. It can help to ease anxiety and tension, calm restlessness and bring peaceful sleep. It is well complimented by Valerian, Passionflower, and Wild Lettuce.