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Insomnia ? What to do to get back to sleep: the best natural remedies?

Simple and natural tips exist to overcome your chronic or transient insomnia problems and we reveal the most effective ones...

While it might seem trivial or harmless to those who do not suffer from it, insomnia is a real scourge that can be very dangerous in its most serious forms. If you are in this case, you cannot fall asleep or you wake up frequently in the middle of the night without being able to fall back into the arms of Morpheus, know that you are not alone. Indeed, 16% of the French population is in the same situation as you. Fatigue is then felt during the day, you notice a lack of productivity and finally, a real apprehension sets in as to when to go to bed because you are afraid of not being able to sleep. However, according to experts, only 10 to 20% of sleep disorders are considered real insomnia but the moment something ruins your life, you have to act! So if you have trouble falling asleep and you absolutely do not want to resort to drugs such as sleeping pills, we help you find appropriate solutions and treatments to get rid of them effectively...

What is insomnia and who is affected?

This complex pathology in Western societies affects the entire population. All age groups are concerned, whether they are elderly people, adults or even sometimes children. children. There is also no distinction between women and men. Insomnia, which is a sleep disorder, corresponds to an inability to fall asleep at night or nocturnal awakenings preventing the insomniac person from continuing their night. The consequences of insomnia are multiple and have an impact both psychological, neurobiological and even physical. The quality of sleep as well as its quantity are limited. Deep and restorative sleep is insufficient and therefore health is endangered.

The biggest risk is that the insomnia becomes chronic since if the problem sets in and the pathology becomes chronic, it is very hard to get out of it. We enter a vicious circle, starting with bedtime, which comes to be dreaded and then becomes a source of anxiety. The more sleep-deprived the affected person is, the more anxious the fact of having to get to sleep makes them, the more difficult it will be for them to fall asleep when they have the opportunity. Letting go is no longer done and we can't manage to abandon ourselves to our dreams.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

It is sometimes difficult to know if you are suffering from insomnia, but certain very distinctive signs can help you see more clearly and, if necessary, alert you. These symptoms are as follows:

- A laborious falling asleep. If whatever your state of fatigue you have trouble falling asleep, it is very likely that you will suffer from insomnia.

- If your sleep is light, you tend to wake up at the slightest noise and that once conscious, you find it difficult to resume your night where you left off, this could be a sign that you are suffering from sleep disorders.

-If you wake up easily several times a night for no apparent reason.

- If you frequently have nightmares.

- If you are prone to night anxieties.

In general, for a person to be qualified as insomniac, it is not only necessary that they do not sleep more than three to four hours per night but also that the sum of their nocturnal awakenings is greater than twenty minutes in total.

These many symptoms then cause drowsiness, untimely yawning, concentration or memory problems throughout the day...

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The origins of insomnia are therefore varied and sometimes linked to one or another period of life. Some people are more susceptible than others to insomnia problems of which there are two different forms:

- Primary Insomnia

This form of insomnia can occur at certain times in life in particular or reappear regularly depending on various triggering factors such as stress, obsessive thoughts, ruminations of mind etc.

- Secondary insomnia

This is associated with one or more other pathologies, such as sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism, allergies such as dust mites or even drug consumption seriously disturbing the circadian rhythm. It can also be the consequence of non-specific factors such as taking certain medications, fever, pain or breathing difficulties.

Overcoming Insomnia Problems: NaturalTips and Treatments

Radiate yourself with light

The easiest way to solve insomnia problems – whether they are related to imbalanced cycles and circadian rhythms, anxiety or stress etc. – still remains to work precisely on the natural rhythms of the body.

You just have to expose yourself to enough daylight every day and set yourself regular sunrise and sunset times. By applying this to the letter, you should be able to notice a marked improvement after a fortnight already.

Rely on melatonin supplements

This hormone has a chronobiotic role since it is the main natural synchronizer of our sleep/wake rhythm. The so-called "sleep hormone" is secreted by the epiphysis or pineal gland, which is located in the brain, from a precursor. You should know that the pineal gland is connected to the retina, which is sensitive to light. The production of melatonin is triggered when the light dims since this is what causes the retina to send a message to the pineal gland to ask it to produce melatonin which is supposed to prepare the body for falling asleep. Its level then gradually decreases until it is replaced by cortisol, in the morning, which is the hormone of awakening.

Drink valerian-based herbal teas

Valerian is a mild sedative herb with relaxing properties. It is perfect in case of sleep disorders when these are linked to nervous agitation or anxiety. While there are other calming herbs like passion flower, hawthorn, and lemon balm, valerian is the only one that has really proven itself against the placebo. As such, it is recognized by the World Health Organization for its action on the quality of sleep.

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Use noble chamomile essential oil

Also called "Roman chamomile", this essential oil is quite expensive but extremely effective in its ability to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which affects relaxation and sleep. It is therefore totally recommended in sleep disorders, in case of nervous excitement and dark thoughts.

CBD oil: the new ally of insomniacs

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid molecule derived from the hemp plant, discovered in the 20th century by researchers in Illinois. It has interesting therapeutic properties and benefits, particularly on anxiety and stress. Thus, by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD modifies the message sent by them to the brain. In this way, cannabidiol decreases the intensity of neuronal activity, soothing it and inducing relaxation, while contributing to the reduction of their increasing factors.

Consequently, CBD has an effect on sleep homeostasis and helps to calm down. It therefore helps regulate sleep as well as benefit from optimal cell recovery and regeneration.

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