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Sleep Disorders and their Homeopathic Treatment – (Top 10 Homeopathic Remedies for Sleep Disorders)
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“SLEEP” is something one cannot live
without. It is as natural as hunger. But if it is a natural response, why do so
many people suffer from various sleep disorders? Majority of people at some
time or the other during the lifespan suffer from some sort of sleep problem,
which affects their general health.
It is concluded that for optimal body
functions, good mood, healthy hormonal functions and overall health, sleep is
very important. When some type of sleep problem occurs as a result of some
external physical or mental barrier like high stress levels etc, once that
barrier is expelled, the normal sleep pattern returns. When, however, the
irregular / absurd sleeping pattern becomes almost a habit, one needs effective
therapy to combat it. Before we go to how to combat sleep disorders, we need to
know what different types of sleep problems we humans encounter. There are lot
more types of sleep problems once we delve deep into the issue and not just the
problem of insomnia or sleeplessness. Let’s see—
Types of Sleep Disorders—
(Hypersomnia)- Medically, the normal sleep is said to be between 7 to 9 hours at night. If you’re
sleeping far more than this, you do suffer from hypersomnia. In this problem,
people suffer from excessive day-time sleepiness and drowsiness, and also extended sleep hours at night at times. Many people
that suffer from this problem may have high anxiety levels, low energy levels or some memory troubles. In people with obstructive sleep apnoea too, in which
the person suffers from sudden breathless spells during sleep, might suffer from
oversleeping during the day. Also some over the counter medications, anti
allergic drugs and alcohol can lead to oversleeping problem.
– This is by far the commonest sleep problems and many people today are
fighting the problem throughout the world. The list of causes is endless,
starting from depression to wrong food habits. Primary insomnia is the one
where there is no known direct cause behind insomnia. Secondary insomnia, the problem
can be linked to some health disease like asthma, depression, heartburn, arthritis,
most important causes behind insomnia are –
that may be related to anything ranging from discord between the partners,
death of a loved one, job problems etc.
factors like excessive noise, light or excessively hot ot cold temperatures
sleeping pattern due to variety of causes.
kind of physical pain
symptoms of insomnia include irritability, sleepiness during the day, memory or
concentration problems, general fatigue etc.
Occasional snoring can occur with anyone and may not be significant. However,
when it occurs in obese people and leads to some sort of obstruction to
breathing, it is a serious issue and needs proper treatment. There are some
side effects of snoring that has some kind of obstructive cause behind. They
include frequent waking from sleep, poor night’s sleep and strain on the heart
if the obstruction is severe.
terrors and nightmares- Night terrors are common in children.
Episodes of intense crying and fear during sleep with difficulty in arousing
the child can almost diagnose the night terrors. There may or may not be any
mental and/or emotional cause associated with such episodes in the children.
But during homeopathic treatment, one has to consider all such factors very
are sleep disorders that affect during arousals from REM (Rapid-Eye-Movement)
sleep or partial arousals from NERM (Non-Rapid-Eye-Movement) sleep. Various
sleep problems are encountered under this type, that are, sleep-walking,
rhythmic movement disorders, sleep talking, nocturnal leg cramps, sleep
paralysis, irregular heart rhythms, teeth grinding (bruxism), enuresis
Related Eating Disorders- In this problem, the person shows abnormal
eating pattern during the night. Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is characterised
by eating during the night in full awareness and failing to fall asleep
thereafter. People with hard and fast diet rules during the day are more vulnerable
to such problem. Excessive work-related or relationship related stress is also
linked to NES.
The above mentioned six types of sleep
problems are by far the commonest. Recognizing that one has sleep problem and
approaching a physician as early as possible can avert many adverse
consequences. Also the conventional drug therapy has not quite succeeded in
annihilating the sleep problems in their totality without making the patient addicted to the drugs. Also the drugs might act very
temporarily and not give lasting relief, while leading to many side effects. That is why more and more people are
approaching the safe and efficient homeopathy for treating their sleep
Before we proceed to "how to apply various homeopathic medicines for sleep disorders", let us be very clear that there
is no generalized drug for treating people with insomnia or hypersomnia. Every
homeopathic physician must have a detailed case history of the patient with his
physical, mental and emotional picture very clear. A proper case evaluation
needs to be done in order to track the miasmatic dominance, physical and mental
totality, and the constitutional analysis. The aetiology (causative factors)
behind sleep disorders should be assessed cautiously. If the causative factors
revolve around absurd lifestyle of the patient, a sound and adaptable
suggestions must be given in order to see if he improves without medication.
Yes, let’s be very clear in our mind that unless the
person absolutely needs medicine, we should not give him; if the removal of
causative factor leads to normalcy.
Here are some of the important homeopathic
medicines and their signs and symptoms as regards the sleep disorders. Please
be very careful while having access to these drugs, as a careful assessment of
all the factors by an expert is a must!
Top 10 Homeopathic Medicines for
1)Coffea cruda –
mind and the person is on constant move
sleep only till 3 am.; later only dozes
alert sleep. Disturbed by dreams; wakes with a start
mental activity, flow of idea result in nervous excitement.
during pregnancy with flow of ideas
disturbed by itching of anus
sudden joyful news or surprise may cause sleeplessness; associated with
irregular violent palpitations
is the chief causative factor behind insomnia
full of anxious moments
troubles leading to sleeplessness (Bry)
be associated with nymphomania in women
sleep in new places and in the presence of unfamiliar people
to go sleep on slightest pressure; arms go to sleep (go numb) while lying down
by music, any unusual thing
useful and one of the empirically given drug for insomnia, because it has a
calming influence on the nervous system.
mental irritation or pain is the cause
wakeful sleep resulting due to exhaustion
useful in nervous people and aged people with insomnia
worries, hypochondriac, overworked people with a tendency to convulsions
be associated with night cough
inability to sleep
of bones leading to insomnia
sleep with anxious dreams
of cats - black cats
develops chilliness and clamminess when startled from sleep
be associated with craving for tobacco
weariness and inclination to stretch often
fevers, the person suffers from excessive sleep
be associated with constipation
in women with excessive moroseness and lassitude
disinclination to work with constant desire to lie down.
dejection and melancholy
during evenings; better during menstrual flow, in the warm room
patient imagines to see ghosts and dreadful animals
child starts up very often and gnashes his teeth
he starts from sleep suddenly, goes into spasms
face in starting up suddenly at night, redness of eyes and semi-stupor
in young children that are over-stimulated brains
wake up and play whole night
the baby wakes up, cries out, is wakeful and begins to laugh and play.
during teething and intestinal troubles
of the stalwart remedies for sleep problems due to excessive night watching and
troubles start due to insomnia
sleep after 3 am until towards morning and later feels sleepy
full of hustle bustle and hurry
drowsy after meals and in the early evening
after a short nap, unless aroused
(Also consider Hippozaenium / Lemna minor when due to nasal bone problems and
of the important constitutional remedies in sleep related troubles
drowsy during the day
at night feeling hungry
As said earlier, the above 10 remedies are
mere a glimpse into how a homeopathic remedy is selected for sleep troubles.
One has to be very careful to put an end to a maintaining cause if any (like
smoking / alcohol abuse etc) in order to get lasting relief. But yes, as a
homeopath, I can assure that with proper selection of a right homeopathic
remedy, a person can enjoy his natural right to sleep pretty well and feel
refreshed in the morning!