These Times – Sleeplessness or insomnia.

Some of us in these times may be experiencing sleeplessness at night, restlessness during the night, tossing and turning. Some may be having more dreams than usual and some even nightmares. All this is a consequence of the present situation that we are all encountering and it is very natural to experience changing sleeping patterns.
As most of us are already aware having adequate sleep of minimum six hours a day is necessary for our wellbeing of the body and the mind. While we all realise the reasons for lack of sleep affecting some of us, it puts us in a better situation to tackle the issue. It can be categorised as life style induced situation and to some extent a non clinical problem. Therefore it should be treated with natural remedies and daily behaviour patterns. Half of the treatment lies in the fact that we know what is causing insomnia or sleeplessness.
Dreams are basically the product of the sub conscious mind and do to quite an extent depict what the mind is thinking and what kind of mental state exists. Therefore bad dreams and nightmares depict a negative state of mind and should be consciously taken note of. Positivity is the only answer. As always we humans do respond to any given situation with a lot of reconstruction, plenty of survival and resilient instincts. The human race has rebuilt itself through many episodes far greater than the one we are currently facing.
So sleeplessness can be tackled in two different ways. First is way of life. As this blog series mentions in it’s earlier blogs, meditation, yoga etc are the best methods to tackle it. It is a mind disruption and not a body disruption hence meditation remains the best tool.
Also you can get out of the habit of taking an afternoon nap. You may substitute it by reading or just lying down. But don’t sleep in the day. Good diet also goes a long way. Eat dinner as early as possible and eat less of fried food. Heavy digestive function also defers and lessens sleep quantity and quality both.
Second way of tackling sleeplessness is by way of taking some natural measures. Caution – avoid allopathic treatment for sleep. All chemical sleep inducing drugs are addictive. Once you are on them then they don’t leave you lifelong. Therefore avoid sleep inducing medications of any sort. Doctors now a days have a habit of writing sleep medication very easily. They believe that the cardiac system falls under stress if sleep is not proper. Which is ofcourse true. However it becomes a question of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Some natural or herbal ways of inducing sleep are – Magnesium encourages healthy sleep patterns. Males may take up to 400 mg daily, and females can take up to 300 mg daily. You can also add 1 cup of magnesium flakes to your night or evening bath, allowing the magnesium to be absorbed through your skin. You shouldn’t take magnesium supplements constantly. Take a break for a few days every couple of weeks. In fact all supplements being taken artificially should be consumed intermittently.
lavender oil capsules are beneficial in helping or promoting sleep patterns. Lavender is used to improve mood, reduce pain, and promote sleep. Taking it orally is thought to be more effective. Take 20 to 80 mg of lavender orally each day.
Melatonin can help you to fall asleep more quickly and enhance the quality of your sleep. Take 1 to 5 mg 30 minutes to two hours before going to sleep. Melatonin is generally safe to use for shorter durations. Do not start taking it regularly.
Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. These disturb or hinder sleep. Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day and eaten at least two hours before bed. Stay active during the day. Take a hot shower or bath at the end of your day. Avoid TV or Laptop screens two hours before bed. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, and use it only for sleeping. There should be no mirrors in the bedroom. According to fengshui mirrors facing the bed reflect negative energy and might make you sleepless and sick. Get into bed only if you’re tired. Get out of bed if you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes and do something which is mind occupying. Attempt sleeping after that only when drowsy. Chanting of mantras or reading from scriptures or reading whatever you feel like also helps in sleeping.
Happy Sleeping !

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