However, insomnia itself can also be considered a disease. Doctors call sleep disturbance insomnia, the problem is studied by entire institutes.
What is insomnia
With insomnia, sleep is not completely absent. A person simply has difficulty falling asleep, or his sleep is excessively sensitive and easily interrupted by any minor stimulus. And falling asleep again becomes almost impossible. The night passes in an anxious, tiring half-sleep, there are no normal phases of sleep necessary for rest. The blanket is too heavy, the pillow is too soft, the neighbor behind the wall is flipping through his stupid book too loudly. To the morning greeting “Good morning!”, I want to answer with an automatic burst. Or, at least, quiet and dreary — “Morning is never good!”
The other option is not much better. The person falls asleep easily and sleeps soundly. But in the middle of the night he suddenly wakes up — that’s all. Until the morning, looking at the darkness, counting jumping elephants or thinking about unfinished business awaits him. I can fall asleep only 10 minutes before the alarm goes off. What a pleasant awakening and good health.
Medications for insomnia
Of course, if you go to the doctor, you may be prescribed sleeping pills. One tablet at night — and until the morning you are turned off from the world of reality.
But, unfortunately, almost all drugs for insomnia are addictive. You have to first increase the dose, then switch to more potent drugs, and all of them are not harmless.
Are there ways to go drug-free in the battle for normal sleep?
Folk recipes for insomnia
The people knew how to manage simple and natural ways to cope with insomnia. Before wandering to the pharmacy for sleeping pills, try one or more folk methods. They are pleasant, harmless and effective.
Don’t overeat at night. A full stomach will interfere with normal sleep. But hunger also does not contribute to good sleep. The best solution is a light dinner 2–3 hours before bedtime.
Honey has a calming effect. A spoonful of honey can be stirred in a glass of warm water and drunk in small sips. And you can add honey to warm milk — this is how you like it. By the way, honey water will also help to cope with a tendency to constipation.
There are scents that make it easier to relax and fall asleep. You can use essential oils, including an aroma lamp. You can add a few drops of aromatic oils to your evening bath. Can be placed near the head of a sachet filled with a mixture of fragrant herbs. Our great-grandmothers made pillows stuffed with dry hop cones for a sweet dream. And at the head they put a special
Decoctions of medicinal herbs act very well on the nervous system. A cup of soothing tea with a spoonful of honey — and sleep comes easily and gently, like first love.
Options for herbal drinks “for the coming dream”, for 250 ml of water:
35 g of chopped lemon balm, a spoonful of honey;
20 g mint + 10 g lemon balm;
2 tbsp. spoons of dried hawthorn (fruits);
3 art. spoons of hawthorn flowers, a spoonful of honey;
10 g thyme, 10 g hops, honey.
How to deal with insomnia: expert advice
“Even a few sleepless nights a year can undermine health, affect appearance, intelligence and performance!” — say experts from the Somnological Center of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation. Perhaps partly this bold statement explains the fact that in our country there is a high percentage of people suffering from arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus and neurosis … After all, according to statistics, about half of Russians faced the problem of falling asleep at least once in their lives .