Sleep disorder treatments range from homeopathic and herbal therapies to supplements and home remedies. Herbal remedies like chamomile and hops, or supplements like magnesium, work to calm the mind and induce sleep.
What is a Sleep Disorder?
A sleep disorder is defined as a disturbance of a sleep pattern. This includes the inability to fall asleep, get back to sleep if you wake up, or frequently waking up during the night. Common sleep problems include insomnia, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome.
Natural Remedies for Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders can be treated using a wide range of homeopathic remedies depending on the presenting symptoms. One of the most popular homeopathic remedies for sleep is Coffea. Another remedy is Cypripedium. These remedies seek to address the underlying cause of the sleep disorder.
Treating Sleep Disorders with Herbs
A number of herbal supplements have also been proven effective for treating sleep problems. Valerian, Passion Flower, Chamomile and Hops offer treatment to improve the quality of sleep. These herbs are natural and offer safe treatment for various sleeping issues and the associated symptoms.
Valerian, a tall flowering grassland plant is a perennial plant native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America. It has quite a strong odor that many find offensive. Some studies suggest valerian may be useful for insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is used to help calm a racing mind and worried thoughts.
Chamomile is an annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae. Chamomile has been used for centuries in different cultures and is known for its calming abilities. One Japanese study showed that rats taking chamomile extract fell asleep as quickly as rats that got a dose of a tranquilizing medicine. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid chamomile tea.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) has been used traditionally as a calming herb for insomnia in the Americas and Europe. As passionflower tends to be weaker than valerian, it is often combined with other herbs like lemon balm, chamomile and valerian. Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain
Sleeping disorders can have a negative impact on health, energy and emotional states. Herbs and home remedies can often alleviate symptoms of some sleep issues.