Millions of people have trouble sleeping at night. Not getting enough sleep can cause problems with your health and wellness, especially if you are suffering from insomnia.
What is the reason for Insomnia?
There are a lot of factors that can lead to insomnia, for example, unhealthy sleep habits, both psychiatric and physical conditions and certain biological factors. It is believed that insomnia is due to brain’s confusion of day and night, or the sleep period and the wake period. Reasons for insomnia can be from mild to severe and they are:
- Endocrine Problems
- Chronic pain
- Nasal/Sinus problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Neurological conditions
- Lower back pain
Other factors can also cause insomnia such as certain substances that we take and activities that we perform. For example, if you drink alcohol before going to bed, it will disrupt your sleep during the night even though you fall asleep initially. Caffeine and nicotine are also big enemies of a good night sleep, and can lead to insomnia. We can also mention spicy food as another reason.
Condition like chronic insomnia can lead to more serious health conditions, like depression and high blood pressure, and it has a negative effect in your life.
These are the most common symptoms of insomnia:
- Lack of concentration and focus
- Changing mood
- Poor memory
- Increased accidents
- Low energy and motivation
- Increased fatigue during daylight
Negative effects of Sleeping Pills
People who suffer from insomnia try to seek help in sleeping pills. But these pills contain various hypnotic drugs and also benzodiazepines and barbiturates and that is why they are also called the ‘sedative hypnotics’. Benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Librium. These are all drugs for treating anxiety, and they have the effect of increasing drowsiness and that way they help you sleep. Barbiturates have an impact on the central nerve system by depressing it and it causes sedation. Other sleeping drugs like Lunesta, Sonata and Ambien causes drowsiness and help people to sleep. But on the other hand, even though they are good for sleep, these drugs have also a negative effect. The most common side effects are:
- Problems with attention or memory
- Uncontrollable shaking in the body
- Stomach pain
- Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet or legs
- Changes in appetite
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth or throat
- Difficulty keeping balance
Use nutmeg for insomnia
Insomnia is something that we cannot easily control and it affects our entire life. In some cases, it can even be very frustrating and debilitating. So here we suggest you try out nutmeg as one natural remedy for treating insomnia. Nutmeg has a lot nutritious values and because of that it is very popular between spices. It can relieve pain, detox the body, soothe indigestion, boost skin health, improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system. Beside all this health benefits it contains mild sedative abilities which are good for those who suffer from insomnia.
Fresh and dried nutmeg does not have the same effects and will not give the same result. You can grind your own nutmeg at home, and consume ¼ teaspoon mixed in warm water, approximately 4-5 hours before going to bed. You can also put some in your night time tea or make your own nutmeg tea.
But Be Careful too much nutmeg can be toxic, so consume it in moderate amounts. It can cause hallucinations, so contact someone if you experience any of this.