Natural cures for insomnia are drug-free alternatives, which are available for the person who has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
Since anxiety and insomnia are often related, certain relaxant curatives treat both symptoms. Be mindful when treating insomnia, it is important to enhance mental as well as physical health. Natural healing methods often help calm anxiety, promote clarity and relieve tension to while promoting natural sleep.
For anyone who wants to explore and find alternative therapies, here's a simple guide to some self-help cures for insomnia.
This idea is both ancient and supported by modern scientific
evidence. Deep breathing is the simplest way to relax the total body. By
slowing down our breathing and putting our attention on the lower
belly, tight chest muscles relax and blood vessels open, so the heart
pumps more efficiently. The awesome facet of breathing is that we can do
it anytime, anywhere to clear our busy mind and calm our body. See article on mindfulness.
no longer must be done on a mountain top. Using a candle
flame, a picture or mantra (word) as the focal point we can learn to
practice "empty mind". When the mind starts drifting, we simply refocus our attention on the focal point. Focusing on your energy centers through chakra meditation can deepen this practice.
These are similar therapies: In acupressure, one applies constant, light pressure using thumbs, fingers, palms or knuckles to pressure points to relax an area of the body or relieve pain. Acupuncture employs the same concept by sticking little needles in appropriate body areas. Both are used as effective cures for insomnia.
All are ancient arts,
that promote natural cures for insomnia with stretches, mindful breath
and balance of body, mind and spirit. Like relaxation therapy and
meditation, they encourage healing inner-peace. Experts support Tai Chi
as the most optimal curative of the three for seniors.
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Herbal therapy comes straight from nature's medicine chest. In ancient times, all medicines were herbs. Many modern pharmaceuticals, such as aspirin, are merely synthetic forms of plants. Herbal sleep therapeutics can be purchased in tincture, capsule and tea form at most health food stores.
The operating principle behind homeopathy is "like cures like". For example, small amounts of a toxic substance are used to heal, where larger amounts would cause harm. This form of medicine relies on minute amounts of herbs, minerals and other substances to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.
The body is generally able to miraculously maintain itself when we provide it with proper nutrients, plenty of rest and exercise. Natural cures are often able to provide that little boost the body needs to maintain sleep.
Over-the-counter sleep aids are not recommended for insomnia,
as they have similar side effects as prescription drugs. If you reach a
point where you aren't able to function, due to sleep deprivation, you
should see a health professional.
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