From time to time, most of us will experience some form of insomnia. You may experience a few nights a week in which you toss and turn or lie in bed unable to return to sleep. Insomnia is simply a disturbance in a person’s normal sleep patterns. Insomnia can last from a few nights to a week or even years. Depending on the severity of a person’s insomnia, it can sometimes lead to the use of some kind of sleep aid. Sleeping pills can and do help people to fall asleep and often stay asleep for a full evening. Though effective, sleeping pills—both prescription and OTC medications—can lead to dependency. Prescription drugs such as Lunesta, Sonata and Ambien are considered to be a new class of sleeping pills called sedative hypnotics. While doctors may tell patients the risk of dependency is lower with these newer pills, the risk is still very real.
In the traditional hypnotics medications like benzodiazepines, the body easily forms a tolerance to the medication causing a higher dose to be used over time and leading to dependency. Sedative hypnotics such as Lunesta have a lower risk of dependency but over time, the body may adapt to this medication causing a need for the medication in order to achieve nightly sleep. Any dependency is unhealthy as a routine and healthy sleep cycle affects the overall performance of the body.
Every aspect of the human body is affected by lack of sleep. Harmful effects such as those experienced by sleep deprivation sufferers can include: muscular fatigue, mental fatigue, foggy headedness, concentration difficulty and over all performance decline. Sleep is needed to repair and refresh the body each evening for peak health and performance. Insomnia can be treated in a safer manner such as the use of alternative medicine practices.
For ages, the use of herbs or herbology has been successful in assisting insomniacs in easing into a more restful sleep. Herbs such as chamomile, valerian, lavender, hops and passionflower have been used for thousands of years and are still in use today. Aromatherapy has also become more widespread and popular in today’s culture. Candles, bath products and linen care items are infused with soothing scents of lavender, vanilla and chamomile to aid in sleeping peacefully. Herbal teas such as chamomile are sipped before bed and the use of cool colors such as blue can help induce sleep as well. These methods offer no risk of dependency. All-natural sleep aids are ideal for sleep insomnia.
Insomnia often occurs throughout the lifetime of many people. Times of increased stress, hormone changes such as in pregnancy and even a change in work schedule such as shift work can cause insomnia. For others, medications and simply the natural aging process can lead to insomnia experiences. However, you can rest easy knowing that there is a safe method for relieving insomnia through natural sleep aids.