Information on Insomnia
Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice
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Classified as sleeplessness that turns into a habit. If this should happen over a one-month timeframe, it is called chronic insomnia.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.
- Amino acids aid in insomnia and depression.
- DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) improves sleep.
- Do not include caffeine in your diet.
- DO NOT take sleeping pills.
- During the sleep cycle nutrients are needed for the body.
- Excessive snorers need to be evaluated for sleep apnea.
- Hormonal shifts can affect and trigger insomnia during premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
- Less sleep at night is harmful and you will be less productive even if you have more hours in a day.
- Mild apnea may be treated with a diet and lifestyle change.
- Napping is fine if you make for less than an hour and it is part of your daily routine. Never make napping an every once in a while action due to it will interrupt your sleeping habits.
- Serious illness and premature aging is caused by lack of sleep.
- You are getting enough sleep if you wake up easily in the morning and do not require an alarm clock and can make through an entire day with out feeling tired and is able to sit quietly or read for a while.
Relaxes the body. Calcium lactate (only for those not allergic to dairy) and calcium chelate forms are recommended.
Balances calcium. Soothes muscles.
Encourages sound sleep.
Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.
California poppy, Hops, Kava Kava, Lemon Balm, Passionflower, Skullcap, and Valerian Root
All of these herbs can be taken in either capsule or extract form. All may be able to assist you in getting a good night's sleep. Recommendation is to not have a dependency on one herb for too long - it's best to switch off to another.
Take before bedtime.
California Poppy, Passionflower, & Valerian
Invite a good night's sleep, as well as a good REM sleep. California Poppy and chamomile can calm you down before you go to bed by making your nervous system stronger.
Catnip and Chamomile
These two herbs can act as sedatives. Even children can take these two herbs if they are in tea form. For adults, drinking chamomile tea several times during the day can help to relieve stress and firm up the nervous system which both lead to a restful sleep.
Chamomile should not be taken for too long a period. If your doctor has told you that you are allergic to ragweed, don't take chamomile.
Kava Kava may allow you to relax enough to feel peaceful, relaxed, and some people have even reported to be slightly euphoric. This will foster better sleep habits.
Slumber or Silent Night
Slumber is a product manufactured by Nature's Answer; Silent Night is from Nature's Way. Both are prepared from combination herbal extracts.
- Alcohol can disturb your deeper sleep cycles.
- Do not eat chocolate, bacon, cheese, ham , eggplant, potatoes, sugar sausage tomatoes, spinach, and wine at bedtime these are brain stimulating foods.
- Do not use nasal decongestants and other cold medications later in the day because the ingredients can be a stimulant for some people.
- Eat foods that will promote sleep such as turkey, bananas, whole grain crackers, milk, tuna, nut butter, dates figs, and yogurt at bedtime.