The term insomnia literally means total lack of sleep. It can however be used to indicate relative absence of sleep that is characterized by difficulties in falling and remaining asleep, early and final awaking or in severe cases, combinations of these unpleasant complaints. In recent times, cases of insomnia have shot up and doctors claim that this is due to the stressful nature of life these days and poor habits accompanied by addictions such as excess coffee consumption.There is transient insomnia, acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Transient insomnia usually lasts for less than a week. Acute insomnia is characterized by disrupted sleep patterns for more than a week but less than a month. When the situation goes on for more than a month, then it is referred to as chronic insomnia.
There are three types of insomnia.
Though there are several herbal cures that can be used to treat insomnia, it should be noted that thiamine or vitamin B are most effective. This vitamin type is extremely vital for the development of strong and healthy nerves. As such a body that is deficient in thiamine will not be able to relax and naturally fall asleep. Wholegrain cereals and nuts are among the richest sources of thiamine. So eat them in plenty if you suffer from insomnia.
Rauwolfia is one of the most efficient herbs when it comes to treating insomnia. It is a natural sedative that can help your brain to relax and send you to sleep easily. This hypnotic action found in the herb was discovered centuries ago and since then the herb has been used to manufacture sleeping pills and sedatives. For best results when using this herb, use the powdered root of the plant in quantities of 0.25 gm to 0.5 gm twice daily. Then mix the powder with any scented substance such as cardamom. If your insomnia is chronic, take 0.25 gm of the powder twice a day. Take the herb in the morning and at night before going to bed.
Then there is lettuce which is also good herbal cure for insomnia. It is rich in a substance called lectucarium which is a sleep inducing substance. Doctors recommend the use of lettuce and even compare lettuce juice effects to the sedative action found in opium only that it does not bring about excitement. For best results when using lettuce as an herbal cure for insomnia take one tablespoon of some lettuce seeds and boil them half a liter of water until they has been significantly reduced by one third. Then take the seeds and wait for sleep to start crawling in.
If none of these herbal remedies can be found there are other simple home remedies that can be used. Milk for instance is a good home remedy for insomnia. Just take a glass of warm milk and go to bed. Alternatively, you can use honey. Take two tablespoons of honey and mix it with a glass of water then go to bed.