Insomnia is the number one cause of health issues in today’s times. Here are a few tips to go through the night sleeping like a baby.
Sleepless in Seattle? In London…Paris…Sydney….Mumbai or wherever? Owling the night away is no fun. Insomnia is a global health epidemic. It is a form of sleep deprivation, varying from irregular sleep to no sleep at all. Sleep is our only natural repair mechanism and when that becomes dysfunctional, the entire system bears the consequences.
A mind devoid of sleep is a body that’s working bad. What’s worse, sleep inducing drugs damage the already disturbed mechanism in the long run.
Alternative therapies, like all other medicine forms, have evolved and come a long way in treating and healing many chronic ailments, with absolute health as the only residue. Side effects are replaced with better health and long-term healing as its by-products.
Here are a few alternative treatments for Insomnia and related ailments such as stress, fear, anxiety and depression:
Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork
Yoga is not only a low impact-high returns fitness regimen, but also an alternate way of life that can help to improve sleep in people suffering from chronic insomnia. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that daily yoga practice could significantly increase sleep efficiency, total sleep time, total wake time, minimize the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and wake time after sleep onset. Another Harvard study suggested that mindfulness meditation, a mind-calming practice that focuses on breathing and awareness of the present moment brings about a sense of relaxation, thereby inducing sound sleep.
Acupressure is based on the principle of life energy flowing through ‘meridians’ or ‘points’ on the body. Disease occurs as a result of energy blockages on those points which can be released by pressing on them. The Acupressure Points (K 6 and B 62) between the heel and ankle bones (on both sides) have traditionally been used to relieve and prevent insomnia. The acupressure point on the inside of the heel below the inner ankle bone is called Joyful Sleep.
On one hand, while noise can cause disruptions in sleep, there are, on the other hand, sounds of certain frequencies (Binaural beats in the delta (1 to 4 Hz) range) that can retrain the brain waves and induce deep relaxation. This can help to heal anxieties by balancing the neuro-chemicals and reducing stress. Sound waves from Tibetan crystal bowls, gongs, chimes and harps are some of the frequencies that can calm hyperactive brain cells and align them into slower rhythms that bring about a relaxing sleep.
This is a great alternative to more traditional sleeping pills that often leave you sluggish and deprived in the morning. Inhaling the scent of aromatic parts of certain plants can strongly affect the mind. It is therapeutic and greatly aids in general well-being. Essential oils such as lavender (which is mild enough to be used directly), jasmine, bergamot, chamomile, ylang-ylang and sandalwood are excellent in relaxing the mind and overcoming periods of insomnia in one’s life.
All of the above can help in providing short-term relief but if you are suffering from a chronic situation we highly recommend you connect with Thriive verified aromatherapists for treatment specifically designed for you. Know more HERE.