Natural Sleep Aids and the Signs and Symptoms of Insomnia

The symptoms of insomnia are so simple many Americans do not realize they are suffering from insomnia.  Approximately sixty-four million Americans have insomnia since 2007.  Sleep studies are showing an increase in insomnia cases that range from various severities and causes.

The symptoms of insomnia include:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • lying in bed for an hour or more
  • wishing you could fall asleep
  • tossing and turning
  • general periods of awake during the night
  • waking in the middle of the night or early morning hours with the inability to return to sleep
  • upon waking, a feeling of unrest or tiredness
  • irritability
  • drowsiness
  • anxiety

Insomnia can affect anyone at any age.  Generally more women are affected than men, 1.4 percent more on average.  As we enter the age range of 55 to 84, there is an increase in the likelihood of experiencing insomnia.  During hormone changes where estrogen levels are altered, women often suffer from insomnia.  Such examples would be during pregnancy, menopause and menstruation.  Children are growing in cases of insomnia due to the added stresses of our culture.  Anxiety, fear and stress can be the causes of insomnia in many children.  Infants can also find it difficult to sleep at times which has lead to the creation of a line of aromatherapy products such as Johnson & Johnson bedtime bath.  The scent of lavender is said to soothe an irritable infant to sleep.

There are several methods in treating insomnia from traditional medications ranging from OTC medications such as Sominex to prescription sleeping pills such as the new sedative-hypnotic Lunesta.  These sleeping aids often help the sleep troubles to dissipate but carry a risk of dependency and bodily tolerance.  For this reason, many people choose the route of alternative medicine such as the practice of aromatherapy, acupuncture or meditation.  Alternative medicines have proven to be safe and effective, as they have been used for ages around the world.  All-natural sleep aids can safely help anyone deal with insomnia.