Insomnia is a disease of the brain in which the individual affected find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or both. The effects can be devastating because it can lead to day time sleeplessness, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell both physically and mentally.
A normal person should sleep approximately 7 hours a day. If you are unable to sleep night after night call it sleeplessness when you are unable to sleep night after night for prolong period, it is known as insomnia.
The purpose of this article is to analyze the classes, causes, symptoms, what to do to avoid insomnia, and insomnia herbal treatments.
And now, you’re thinking how will this article benefit me! I’m here to tell you this article will enable you to know:
- classes of insomnia.
- causes of insomnia.
- signs and symptoms of insomnia.
- how you can prevent insomnia.
- step you can take to prevent insomnia.
- what insomnia may lead to, if not properly treated and
- herbal treatments.
Now, let me break it down for you…
Classes of Insomnia
Insomnia can be classified in to:
- Primary Insomnia: means sleep problems is not associated with any other symptoms.
- Secondary Insomnia: means another health conditions or substances is or are causing disorder. Other variables with insomnia are how long it lasts and how often it happens. Acute insomnia is short-term (one night to a few weeks) while chronic insomnia is long-term (3 nights a week for a month or longer).
Having explained the classes of insomnia. Let’s move to causes and symptoms of insomnia.
What are the causes of Insomnia?
- drug abuse.
- heart disease.
- poor eating habits.
- psychological problems.
- pain in the joints or muscles.
- things that induces sleep.
- poor sleeping habits.
- sleeping next to a snoring partner.
- overactive mind and
- hormone during menstruation.
Want to know, insomnia symptoms?
- still feeling tired after night sleep.
- waking up too early in the morning.
- difficulty in concentration.
- being uncoordinated.
- day time fatigue or sleeplessness.
- gastro intestinal symptoms.
- going to sleep late at night.
- waking up often during the night and having going back to sleep.
Having done with the causes and symptoms of insomnia. Let’s move to how it can be prevented and the steps you can take to prevent it.
How can you prevent insomnia?
- skip spicy foods that can result indegestion.
- avoid consumption of alcohol.
- avoid smoking.
- avoid going to bed hungry.
- stay away from caffeinated drinks at night.
- sleep in a comfortable sleep environment.
- avoid sugar and
- avoid foods high in salt (sodium).
What are the steps you can take to prevent insomnia?
- maintaining a sleep schedule.
- listen to music.
- go for a morning walk.
- ensure your sleeping mattress is neither too soft not too hard.
- set aside all worries while on the bed.
- take light food for dinner and
- lightening and temperature must be controlled, so as to create a relaxing environment for sleeping.
Stay with me here, because…
Insomnia ruins lives because it is associated with higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as:
However, the treatment of insomnia focuses on determining the cause, once the cause established, it can be properly treated. Both medical and behavioural therapies may be adopted. Relaying on sleep inducing tablets always may not be of help in the long run. Again, if you have health problem such as:
This take us to insomnia herbal treatments
Do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use herbal remedies just as an adjunct treatment.
Insomnia Herbal Treatments
1. Almond ( Ofio in Yoruba; Obulonu beke in Idoma; Mbansen mbakara in Efik) obtain some ripe Almonds fruits, remove the flesh in the morning and soak them in water. At night mix the Almond water with a glass of milk. Take it before bed time at night.
2. Mimosa Pudica ( Touch me not plant, sensitive plant in English; Enada abapa olutu kla in Idoma; Aluro in Hausa; Ewe patamon, Ewe padimon in Yoruba; Kpakochuku, Kparochuku in Igbo) Obtain some Mimosa Pudica fresh leaves. Boil in a cup of 250 ml water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink at night before bed time. Do it for 2 weeks.
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3. Nepeta Cateria (Catnip in English; Egba owo opolo in Yoruba) Eating and drinking of Catnip will strengthen the immune system of those battling with insomnia. Drink a cup of Catnip tea decoction before bedtime at night.
4. Apple: Eat 1 fresh Apple fruit daily. Or: Prepare fresh Apple juice , mix it with a half cup of lukewarm milk. Drink before bedtime at night.
5. Dill ( Ududo, Ikpere in Igbo ) Grind some dried Dill seeds to powder. Soak 1 tablespoon in a cup of 150 ml very hot water. Stir thoroughly. When it is cool, drink. Do it three times a day.
6. Organic pure honey ( Zmanu in Igbo; Dorawa in Hausa; Oyin igan, Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Oyohn in Urhobo; Adan okwok in Efik ) increases the level of serotonin in your brain, making you feel relaxed. Take 2 tablespoons of Organic pure honey after dinner.
7. Coconut oil ( Mmanu aki beke in Igbo; Ori kokodia in Urhobo; Adi agbon in Yoruba; Ano ipari in in Idoma ) Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of Coconut oil. Heat the coconut oil. Massage your forehead, palms and soles with lukewarm coconut oil at night before bed time.
8. Wild Lettuce (Odundun odo, Efo yan-rin pupa in Yoruba; Namijin dayii, Nomen barewa in Hausa) It contains sedative properties, soothe your tense nerves allowing you to have uninterrupted sleep for hours. Drink drink 250 ml of Wild Lettuce tea decoction before bedtime.
9. Thyme: induces sound sleep and lessen tiredness. Prepare tea infusion of fresh Thyme leaves. Drink 250 ml of the tea decoction before bedtime at night with 2 tablespoons of honey.
10. Grape fruit juice ( inabi in Hausa; Rodo rodo in Yoruba) contains tryptophan the chemical associated with becoming sleepy. Take a glass cup of fresh Grape juice before bedtime at night.
11. Tiger nuts (Akiausa in Igbo; imu-mu-mu in Yoruba; Aya in Hausa; Opu opia in Igala) regular consumption of fresh Tiger nuts helps to calm body, thereby solving the problem of insomnia.
12. Epsom (Magnesium Sulphate) add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to your bath water and bath with it before bed time for 3 days. After that, avoid it completely for 1 week. Now do it twice in a week.
13. Soy beans (Ewa soya in Yoruba; Wake soya in Hausa) it has the potential to soothe your tensed mind that often hinders your sleep. Include soy beans in your diet.
Avoid fried soy snack, soy products laced with much salt and condiments.
14. Lemon grass (Achi-beke in Idoma; Koko oba in Yoruba; Eti in Edo; Tsauri in Hausa; Akwukwo in Igbo; Myoyaka oakara, Achara ehi in Ibibio ; iti in Urhobo) it possesses sedative properties that provides soothing effect on the nerves thereby reducing nervous tension. Boil Lemon Grass leaves together with it roots for 30 minutes. Drink 250 ml three times a day.
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15. Chrysophyllum Albidum (Otien in Edo; Cherry, African star apple in English; Agbalumon in Yoruba; Udara, Udala in Igbo; ibi in Idoma; Ehya in Igala; Eha in Ebira; Agbaluba in Hausa; Utieaga dava in Urhobo) this contains melatonin in abundance that improve your sleep and it duration. Include this fruit in your diet. After eating the fruit pulp always eat the skin. Always eat the skin also because it is the medicinal part of it.
16. Avocado (Eso pia in Yoruba; Orumwu in Bini; Ube oyinbo, Ube beke in Igbo; Piya in Hausa; Eban mbakara in Efik) this fruit contains magnesium that calm your nerves and make you sleep at night. Include Avocado in your diet.
17. Chamomile : is known as sleep tea that contains soothing and relaxing properties. Put 4 Chamomile leaves in 300 ml water. Allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Strain and drink when it is lukewarm. Do it morning and before bedtime at night. Or: Pour 2 tablespoons of Chamomile flowers in a cup of water. Prepare tea decoction of it. When it is lukewarm, drink slowly before bedtime at night.
18. Chamomile Essential Oil: add 4 to 5 drops of Chamomile essential oil in your bath water and take bath with it every day before bedtime.
19. Fenugreek (idooma in Idoma; Ewedu in Yoruba; Hulba in Hausa; Kerenkeren, Ahenhea in Igbo) blend fresh fenugreek leaves in water. Add 1 pinch of Black Pepper and 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey to 200m of the blended Fenugreek and drink. Do it twice daily.
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