8 Home Remedies to Treat Insomnia
September 29, 2016Komal Karnani
In this fast growing era, everyone has a lot of pressure and tension irrespective of the age, career, or financial situation. Hypertension is the basic cause behind less sleep or insomnia. Though tension cannot be removed completely but this problem “insomnia” can be treated to get a sound. Some home remedies can help well than medicines to treat insomnia. Try out the following home remedies to treat insomnia:
1. Listen up music to sleep
Slow and soft music is the best way to keep your mind calm and relaxed. Listening music is a very common way to get easy sleep and divert your mind from entire tiredness. Constant and soft music reduces the frequency of thoughts in mind and makes our mind for falling asleep.
2. Drink tart cherry juice for sound sleep
This natural sleep aid contains one cup of tart cherry juice and the half cup of water. It contains a kind of amino acid which ultimately converts into melatonin that governs the sleeping system in the body. Other than this, one can eat cherries also to increase melatonin in the body.
3. Lemon balm for insomnia
Lemon balm not only lifts the mood but also provides relaxation to the tired body. It calms your mind and promotes mental as well as physical health. Add an equal amount of dried lemon balm and dried chamomile in fresh warm water. For taste add honey in the mixture and take it before going to bed.
4. Do some exercise to sleep
Exercise is the best way to energize your body and keep it fit. It is an idea to burn the calories and feel better. But make a note, it is advisable not to do exercise before going to bed, as it may make you feel awake for some more time.
5. Warm milk for sound sleep
Sip a full glass of warm milk 30 minutes before going to bed. Warm milk has tryptophan acid which works well to wind up your mental activities and provides relaxation. After boiling the milk, bring it to the normal temperature and consume it every day.
6. Meditate for few minutes
Mediation is a way to relax your mental activity. It promotes calmness and peace in the body that helps in getting sound sleep. You can also try acupuncture before going to bed to relax your body.
7. Sleep well with catnip
All you need is one or two teaspoon dried catnip to sleep well. Add 8 to 10 ounce boiling water in the catnip powder. For taste, you can 1 spoon honey too. Before bedtime, drink this mixture regularly.
8. Magnesium for insomnia
This mineral supplement promotes the nervous system of the body. Magnesium plays a vital role in smooth functioning of GABA receptors and ultimately, prepares your mind and body to fall asleep.
A decent and sound sleep is very important for a healthy life. Insomnia is like a real nightmare that one can face. Above-mentioned simple home ideas can help you in your bedtimes. Sleep well and stay healthy!
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When you have a loved one and you start to notice different behaviors such as if they are usually easy going, kind hearted, gentle, would never hurt you mentally and or physically, then in a fast amount of time they become angry, mean, temper tantrums, violent mentally, You cant put your finger on it but you know something is wrong, They normally were right on top of everything bills, what ever needed to be done and instead even items on a grocery list are not there, bills not getting paid, loosing important papers, loosing medications just picked up at the pharmacy.
When asking what’s going on, You receive a very defensive person, they may kick you out of the house, or their bedroom, they become isolated, I feel this is out of depression and fear of what is happening to them. They know something is not right, they may sleep more, drink more, have more pain specially in the head, emotional episodes that were confusing . Behavior that makes them not appropriate in public, They fight you on everything,
Finally they may if a strong person may come to you and cry, like a baby, admitting they need help, they don’t know what is wrong, but they are forgetting things, not just normal age type things, like where they are, where they are going, after you give directions you still end up at the wrong place, they learn to adapt and how to cover up what’s happening. But still defensive, they can become paranoid, pace the floor, urinate in their pants and can’t hold it anymore, accuse you of things out of paranoia.
Their eating habits may change, they may eat more or less, or in this situation eat more, hide food, keep it in their car or locked in their room. You ask, they don’t have any, a full box of donuts gone no one else had any, almost like they don’t realize there doing it and deny it.
Even if they trust you enough to ask for help, its very important to their self esteem you don’t put them down and let them know you will always be there with them and won’t leave them. But then the next day they can transfer money out of the bank, take your keys, anything to remain in control over there life that they so eagerly want to hold on to.
If you feel well maybe it’s just me, or a phase, but other family members say things like, is so and so ok? Why? He is looking like he’s not here with us at the table, like vacant. Or I saw this person sitting on a stool starring off into space and wasn’t really there. Or finding them doing odd things like falling asleep sitting straight up like they were awake but asleep, or watering the pavement saying they are watering the grass.
It could be numerous things, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, a Traumatic brain injury, stroke, TIA’s, personality disorder, medications, so you must offer support the biggest fear they have is being alone, so you must reassure them you can be trusted and are their for them no matter what, other wise they won’t tell the truth of what’s going on. Brain Atrophy and alcohol and or past alcohol can escalade these symptoms, Smoking pot can also escalate these symptoms specially if used along length of time.
So If you notice anything of these symptoms, Please with out putting someone down, or making them feel bad, Be there, be strong for them even if you cry in another room.
If you notice these changes and happens in a quick amount of time like 6 months, you need to get them into a Neurologist, get a MRI, have cognitive thinking testing, and if it a reputable place they will ask the loved ones what they have noticed because they will not indulge the information to the Dr out of fear of a diagnosis. You have to be the person who steps up and recognizes there is something wrong, you can’t still your head in the sand. The sooner for a diagnosis, sooner for treatment and some Brain issues can be reversed or slowed down. So it’s not a time to take lightly.
If a accurate diagnosis is made its important how you and your loved ones can find out what you can do to help this person to keep them at their best, if they are tired, let them sleep, if they can’t get something done, oh well, learn to make small things just that! But also helping your loved one is the best gift you can give them.
WHAT IS POTS?
Dysautonomia is an umbrella-term used to define conditions caused by a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a form of Dysautonomia. POTS is most often seen in women of child-bearing age but can and does affect people of all different ages, genders, and races. Just like all chronic illnesses, the degree of severity can range from mild to completely disabling. Approximately 25% of patients with POTS cannot work, go to school, or keep up with daily tasks due to their condition. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for every bodily function you do not have to think about at this very moment. You do not have to tell your heart to beat, nor do you have to instruct your lungs to inhale or exhale, as both are done automatically. With POTS, there is dysfunction with these automatic functions. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for so many bodily functions which is why no two patients with POTS are ever exactly the same.
The symptoms seen in POTS can vary greatly but an increase in 30+ bpm (40+ in adolescents), or a HR that goes above 120bpm, within the first 10 minutes of standing is seen in all patients. This increase in heart rate is responsible for the “T” in POTS: Tachycardia. Tachycardia is defined as an abnormally high heart rate. The average resting heart rate is anywhere from 60-90 (some athletes experience bradycardia, or low heart rate). This average resting heart rate would remain the same when going from sitting to standing in a healthy individual, or would change slightly. With POTS, the heart rate increases as the body’s way of trying to compensate for the blood that is starting to pool in the lower extremities. Our heart rates increase to try to work extra hard to pump our blood back to our heads, with little success.
This increase in heart rate is diagnostic criteria for POTS and is seen with or without a decrease in blood pressure. It is a common myth that patients with POTS always have low blood pressure but that’s not accurate. In fact, the increase in heart rate can be accompanied with a stable blood pressure, a drop in blood pressure, or even an increase in blood pressure. Orthostatic hypotension is a different form of Dysautonomia in which the blood pressure drops when standing but the heart rate remains the same.
Although POTS is often characterized as a fainting disorder, it can more accurately be described as a presyncope (the feeling of lightheadedness, dizziness, and confusion experienced right before one faints) condition. In fact, fainting and a decrease in blood pressure are not diagnostic criteria for POTS.
POTS was termed in 1993 but several medical and historical documents describe patients with POTS symptoms under different diagnoses including “soldier’s heart.” Current research is suggesting that POTS is an autoimmune condition. An autoimmune condition means that the body’s immune system is attacking the body itself instead of intruding threats. More research is necessary in order to understand more about POTS and eventually find a cure!
For me personally, I have experienced all the symptoms, but first started with Vertigo and ear pain, hearing loss, visual changes, dizziness, nausea vomiting, Took 57 Dr’s to correctly diagnose me correctly, Started with autoimmune disease of the ear, then it seemed it snow balled out of control as if the autoimmune disease was attacking my Brain and then my body. I had Chemo with zero results and IVIG which is intravenous immunoglobulin for 9 months 5 days a week 7 hours a day. Didn’t work! So as of now there is no cure just symptom control.
Repeated bouts of heart burn and a sour taste in your throat and mouth are classic symptoms into Gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD. This can happen due to a large meal, bending over, laying down. Gerd can lead to Cancer if going untreated. But sometimes can be controlled by lifestyle changes, medications, lifting your mattress at head end up, pillows cant lift you enough, bricks can be used as well to help keep the mattress up, decreasing acidic foods, eat sitting up and early evening, decrease your alcohol use, coffee, soda due to the carbonation, spicy foods, if this does not help, you should see your Dr. The Symptoms of Gerd are as follows, Burning feeling in chest (heart burn ), better or sour taste in back in mouth, Belching, pain in the upper abdomen, worsening of the above symptoms when bending over or laying down, chronic cough or hoarseness. Sometimes making simple lifestyle changes can help, but if over the counter meds, loosing weight, increasing the elevation of your head does not help you should see a Dr called a Gastroenterologist. They specialize in the Digestive track ect. If none of this helps, you may need surgery called Laparoscopic fundoplication. This surgery is done laparoscopic procedure is a small telescope attached to a camera so the Doctor can see in your abdomen, the Dr re-creates the one-way valve where the esophagus the tube that food travels through meets the stomach. Any other repairs such as a hiatal hernia can be repaired at this time.
Gerd can progress, inflammation in the esophagus called esophagitis can lead to pain, pressure and burning in your chest and throat, Ulcer, a sore anywhere in the lining of the esophagus can produce pain and bleeding and make it hard to swallow, a Stricture is scarring may develop in the esophagus, making it more difficult to swallow.
Some testing that may be done to help to determine why you have Gerd?
Barium upper GI- As you are swallowing a lovely tasting fluid they xray as you swallow the fluid that has a dye in it they continue the xrays until it reaches your stomach. This test can detect a Hital Hernia. Cant have anything to eat or drink 6-8 hours before test, doesn’t hurt and is a fairly quick test. This test was really yucky I threw up after the test. But I throw up a lot these days.
Esophageal endoscopy- This test requires sedation, you swallow a tube and the probe sends light and images to a screen to see if they see ulcers or any other findings, usually a biopsy is taken at this time as well. again no eating or drinking 6-8 hours before test. This test was not painful and I had just a little sore throat.
Esophageal Manometry- This test is to measure the muscle tone of the esophagus, your nose will be numbed, by sniffing lidocaine liquid out of a syringe, you must take 10 swallow’s of salt water when told and then 10 of applesauce and the tube measures your muscles with each swallow. then the Dr will extract the tube as you blow out your nose. again no food or drink 8-12 hours, test last 30 minutes and you may have a sore nose, throat ect after this test. I will be honest with you this is a hard one, I had to use mind over matter, The lidocaine burned, test made me gag and want to throw up. It was the worst test. I can’t sugar coat it. This one I wanted to cancel from moment one but I knew in order to be fixed they needed these results.
Monitoring Acid in the esophagus- This test a thin tube is placed in your nose again after being numbed and placed down to your stomach and you swallow and help to get down, then hooked up to a machine that you push buttons when you feel certain systems for 24 hours. The tape the tube to you nose and continue the tape down your cheek and neck. This test was pure torture to me. I couldn’t eat at all, its uncomfortable, your nose hurts, esophagus hurts it sucked, I will be honest, This to me was far the worst test ever. you may need the test longer depending on when enough information has been recorded. I might add wearing a button up shirt is a must or you sleep in your shirt. I still haven’t recovered from this test. I had fluid coming out my nose, my eyes, my mouth. I can’t explain the discomfort of this test and if you have to have the test above and this test, demand be done on the same day, meditate if you have to, keep busy do what ever you have to do. In order for the right surgery these have to be done.
You may also have a ultrasound to see if your gallbladder is the problem and if you have gall stones, if that is negative they may pursue further testing on the gallbladders function.
I have had all of these tests, no matter how uncomfortable, these are a must. Any questions please ask. These test are for the better care of your problems and make sure you have the right procedure for you.