We all need to sleep. It helps our body recover from the day’s activities and enhances memory and brain function. Sleep should be a natural part of life but for some, it doesn’t come easily.
There are many reasons that can range from what is happening in one’s life, some prescribed medications interfere with the body’s wake/sleep cycle, emotional stresses lead to night-time anxiety, and the wrong food before bed will disturb sleep. Sometimes there is no clear or obvious reason.
To help you get a good night’s sleep here is an outline of the common symptoms of some homeopathic remedies that treat insomnia. The remedy you need may be indicated below. It’s important to remember to seek professional advice from a qualified homeopath, to ensure the correct remedy is selected based on your totality of symptoms. If you are suffering from recurring sleep problems, it’s best to book an appointment with your local qualified Homeopath or GP.
Treat Your Insomnia with Homeopathy
Homeopathy has a marvellous history of assisting with insomnia, often making some adjustments to your diet, exercise and general life can help in the reduction of disturbed sleep.
If insomnia is the only symptom you have, one of the following remedies may bring relief.
Once you have determined the matching remedy for your symptoms below, you should take one pilule of 30c (or 5 drops of a 30c if in liquid form) of the chosen remedy, an hour or two before going to bed and let the remedy do its work. Once you are sleeping well, this means the action of the remedy is working, therefore, don’t continue to take it each night as each remedy will cause insomnia if taken in excess. You only need another dose should the insomnia return.
Symptoms usually do not exist in isolation, though. If insomnia is just one of your problems, or if it is not fully relieved by the remedy that seems to match your sleeplessness, make an appointment to see a professional homeopath who will take a detailed case-history to find a constitutional remedy to treat not only your insomnia, but the other health problems that bother you as well.
Arsenicum Album (Ars)
Those who need Arsenicum are nearly always anxious and restless. Anxiety, fear, or worry prevents sleep. Frequent starting or jumping which wakes from sleep. Sleeplessness from physical exertion. Worse for: after midnight. Better for: warmth; warm drinks.
Disturbed, anxious, and restless sleep. Lying awake with restlessness, tossing, and turning. Cannot lie still in bed – has to get up and wander around from restlessness. Going from bed to bed to try and sleep. Can only sleep with your head raised. Hard to fall asleep after waking.
Coffea Cruda (Coff)
Coffee is well known for producing sleeplessness but because of homeopathy’s ‘like treats like’ effect, it will relieve insomnia when given in crude, or especially homeopathic form. The type of symptoms it relieves are those produced by coffee. They are: sleeplessness from rapid thoughts or an active mind; a constant flow of ideas; physical restlessness; nervous energy; excitement. Can also be used to counteract the effects of a caffeinated product that has been taken too close to bed-time. Worse for: surprises; strong emotions; narcotics.
Unable to sleep from the excitement of a surprise, or good or bad news. Palpitation with sleeplessness. Waking with every sound. Waking from frequent starting. Sleeplessness from an itching anus. Minor pains seem intolerable.
Gelsemium Sempervirens (Gels)
Sleeplessness from anticipatory anxiety. Dull, drowsy mind – hard to think yet difficult to go to sleep. Insomnia from exhaustion. Hard to get fully asleep. Worse for: bad news; thinking about problems.
Yawning with tiredness. Sleeplessness with teething. Sleeplessness from itching on head, face, neck, and shoulders. Sleeplessness during delirium tremens (withdrawal from alcohol).
Ignatia Amara (Ign)
Intense, repeated yawning or frequent sighing. Sleeplessness from a recent disappointment or grief.
Waking easily from sleep. Waking from the jerking of a limb. Itching of arms with yawning. Yawning produces tears in the eyes or threatens to dislocate jaws. A child wakes from sleep with screaming and trembling after being reprimanded before bedtime. Worse for: Coffee.
Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc)
Waking from hunger – must get up and eat. Restless sleep and anxious dreams with frequent waking. Feeling unrefreshed in the morning.
Unable to get comfortable in any position. Falling asleep late and waking early. Sleepy all day and sleepless at night from an active mind. Children who sleep all day and cry all night. Child wakes terrified with screaming – seems not to recognise anyone (sleep terrors).
Nux Vomica (Nux-v)
Frequent yawning. Irritability from loss of sleep. Falling asleep before normal bedtime and then waking at 3–4am. Waking at 3-4am with an alert and active mind and then falling asleep as daylight approaches only to then wake with difficulty, feeling tired, weak, and not wanting to get up. Worse for: stimulants and narcotics
Sleeplessness from the excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol, or drugs (therapeutic or recreational). A tendency to lie on their back with arms under head. Sleeplessness from mental strain and stress or excessive study. Drowsy after meals and in the early evening. Grogginess on waking in the morning. Weeping and talking in sleep.
Passiflora Incarnata (Pass)
Key Symptoms: Restlessness, exhaustion, and sleeplessness.
Restless sleeplessness from excessive work. Sleeplessness with exhaustion. Insomnia of infants and the aged. Convulsions with sleeplessness.
Has a long history of use in herbal medicine where its homeopathic effect in the treatment of insomnia has also been exploited. It is effective in either herbal doses or homeopathic potencies.
Short naps with frequent waking. Frequent waking from feeling too hot. Sleeplessness from excitement or anxiety.
Sleeplessness in old people. Sleepless before midnight. Sleepy all day, sleepless and restless at night. Sleeplessness with a sensation of bubbling in blood. Worse for: lying on the left side.
Waking between 2 – 5am and unable to go back to sleep. Difficulty in falling asleep from itchiness of skin or perspiration. Drowsy by day and sleepless at night. Worse for: becoming hot; atmospheric changes.
Wakes up singing from happy dreams. Waking at night from a rush of blood to the head. Sudden waking from sleep. A constant flow of thoughts that prevent sleep. Sleep disturbed by headaches. Better for: dry, warm weather.
Homeopathy offers support in restoring our body’s balance, health, and vitality on mental, emotional, and physical levels. It’s important you seek professional advice from a qualified registered homeopath or your GP to ensure you are receiving the best possible treatment for all that you are experiencing.
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