What can you do to prevent Insomnia ?

a white cloud with the word sleep on it . Purple backgroundWe all want a good nights sleep and many of us have experienced insomnia.

The frustration of lying in bed for what seems like hours unable to drop off again.

What causes insomnia ?

About 15% of the UK population are affected by Insomnia at any one time and this may be caused by;

  • An uncomfortable bed
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Dietary & Lifestyle factors
  • Major illness
  • Medication
  • Physical pain
  • Depression
  • Uncomfortable mattress
  • Nutritional deficiency

Insomnia includes not only the inability to fall asleep in the first case but also the inability to stay asleep plus repeatedly waking too early.

What can you do to prevent Insomnia ?

Identifying what is causing your Insomnia is the first step to help you understand why you can’t sleep.

Supplements to help Insomnia

There are several supplements known to help promote good sleep .

  • Valerian – one of the most researched of all herbal remedies. It is a herb with effective sleep inducing properties as it promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
  • Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 supplements may help if it is a lack of these causing insomnia ( Question this if all other causes have been ruled out)
  • 5- HTP ( 5-Hydroxytrytophan ┬áis a derivative of an amino acid which raises the sleep inducing chemical serotonin.
  • St John’s Wort
  • Califorian Poppy
  • Hops
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lime flowers
  • Vervain
  • Wild Lettuce

The last 7 items on this list are prepared as follows;

Take 10g of the chosen herb and add 200mls of boiling water and allow to infuse for 10 minutes, strain and drink before going to bed.

What else can you do to prevent insomnia

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule even at weekends
  • Don’t watch TV in bed
  • Exercise during the day but not in the evening
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco
  • Have a hot bath and add lavender oil
  • Have a hot milky drink
  • Try a herb pillow.

See your doctor if  insomnia lasts for more than a month and there is no obvious cause, if you feel tired often during the day and if you are so tired you are unable to function normally.

Did you know ?

One of the reasons people fall asleep after Christmas Lunch is that turkey contains high levels of the sleep inducing amino acid tryptophan, a natural sleep inducer.

 

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Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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