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August 13, 2010
Sometimes insomnia can turn into a real problem, especially in hot weathers like the ones we are experiencing this summer. Insomnia is linked to difficulties with falling and remaining asleep for 6-7 hours, and too hot weather, along with many other factors (stresses, worries, bad eating and sleeping habits, increased caffeine consumption, hormonal changes, PMS, too much of noise and light, and many others), can affect our sleep quality to a great extent.
What can we do to prevent and treat insomnia? First of all, it is necessary to pay attention on what we eat and eliminate all possible stimulating factors like alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, certain medications, watching too exciting or scary movies before going to sleep and so on. Also, it is recommended to control the level of sugar in the blood, because as studies have shown, our blood sugar levels drop down at night sometimes causing awakening. That is why drinking a glass of warm milk with honey before going to bed is one of the most recommended home remedies for insomnia.
It is believed that eating certain foods like onions, lettuce, celery, bananas, greens, yogurt and others can assist in improving our sleep quality. Many people use such effective home remedies for insomnia as special herbal teas, including lemon balm tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, lobelia tea, Valerian root tea and so on. Other herbal remedies which can induce sleep include fenugreek seeds, anise seeds, passionflower, hops, marjoram, California poppy and other herbs with powerful relaxing and sedative effects. One of the most recent studies has shown that cherry juice can help us in combating insomnia.
Such activities as yoga and meditation are among the best home remedies for insomnia. Soaking feet in warm water (the temperature should be a little higher than the body temperature) can induce sleep as well. After this procedure, massage your feet with one of your favorite essential oils: lavender, rosemary, yang ylang, or other. Taking a hot shower and rinsing your face with a high quality rose water can assist in combating insomnia. Finally, physical exercises and doing lots of physical activities during the day can be called one of the most effective remedies for insomnia. Try these simple suggestions, and very soon you will not be in need of sleeping pills anymore.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.