What is insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as difficulty in falling asleep or maintaining sleep or both. Insomnia is a symptom which can occurs due to various medical conditions. Insomnia affects people of all ages including children, although it is more common in adults and its frequency increases with age. In general women are affected more frequently then males. It is a disorder in which there is lack of quality or quantity or both occurs.
There are mainly 3 variety of Insomnia:
(1) Transient insomnia: when symptoms last from few weeks
(2) Acute Insomnia: when symptoms last for several weeks
(3) Chronic Insomnia: where symptoms lasts far months and years.
What causes Insomnia?
- Certain drugs or medication
- Bad effects of alcohol
- Occupational cause
- Extreme of hot and cold
- Medical condition like asthma, arthritis, chronic pain , angina sleep a , chronic fatigue , hyperthyroidism, COPD, obesity
- Cigarette smoking
- Eating prior to sleep
- Going to bed hungry
Symptoms of Insomnia
- Difficulty in falling asleep
- Walking too early with un refreshed sleep
- Disturbed sleep
Symptoms associated with Insomnia
- Poor concentration
- Day time Sleepiness
- Lack of energy
- Difficulty with memory
- Gastric disturbance
Diagnosis entirely depends upon cause of insomnia.
Insomnia treatment with homeopathy – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat insomnia but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available insomnia treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following medicines which are much helpful in insomnia treatment:
Coffea – can not sleep in the early hours of night, mind active; sleeplessness due to excitement or over activity of mind
Senecio – sleeplessness during menopausal age
Nux Vomica – can not sleep after 3 a.m; sleeplessness due to mental strain or sedentary habits; sleep dreamy and restless
Aconite – due to fear or panic; insomnia after shock; restlessness and tossing in bed
Arnica Montana – due ti tiredness; either physical or mental; bed feels too hard; must keep moving in search of soft portion for relief in bed
Belladonna – sleeplessness after midnight from anxiety and restlessness; has to get up and walk
Natrum Mur – sleeplessness due to old grief; after dreams of thieves or robbers
Ignatia – sleeplessness due to sudden shock; disappointment
Pulsatilla – feels sleepy but can not sleep; bed feels hot; moves about in vain to find a cool spot in bed
Opium – restless during early part of sleep
Other important remedies for insomnia treatment are:
Mag Carb, Kali Phos, Causticum, Ambra Grisea, Arsenic, Sulphur, Tabacum, Gelsemium, Cannabis Indica and many other medicines.
Insomnia treatment with Allopathic mode – mainly include Antidepressants, Antihistamines and sedatives.
Other natural and alternative modes of treatment for insomnia treatment – it mainly include naturopathy, Ayurveda, relaxation therapy, yoga therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, acupressure etc