Are you suffering from sleep disorders? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and cannot sleep? Do you toss about sleeplessly when your family is sound asleep?
If your answer to any of these questions is a yes, then you may be suffering from insomnia.
Insomnia is defined as the sleep disorder wherein there is an inability to sleep as required by the body. People may complain of inability to sleep or may face issues of waking up in between their sleep. The result is incomplete sleep resulting in various health and emotional disorders. The disorder can affect people of any age group, although it is more prevalent in the older people. It could be short term due to certain acute reasons or it may be long term insomnia due to certain underlying medical issue.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF INSOMNIA?
Insomnia is usually a sign of the underlying medical or psychiatric problems and should therefore be taken seriously.
There are various causative reasons for the onset of insomnia. Some of these could be:
- The intake of psychoactive drugs
- Over indulgence in nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol
- In certain cases, withdrawal from anti-anxiety drugs could lead to insomnia.
- Any kind of pain might not let a person fall asleep
- Hormonal disturbances, especially in menopausal women
- Certain events in life like accidents, stresses, fears, deaths etc.
- Depression may lead to insomnia
- Certain medical conditions like hyperthyroidism and arthritis may result in insomnia
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF INSOMNIA?
Insomnia disturbs your mind, body and brain. The incomplete sleep is usually followed by impaired functionality of the brain and mind. In contrast, the nervous system becomes irritable over petty issues.
There are vivid results of insomnia seen in people of different age groups and gender. Some of the effects of insomnia are:
- Loss of memory
- Loss of attentiveness at work and in study
- Increase risk of accidents
- Forgetfulness and lack of concentration
- Increased risk of heart diseases
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA?
Ayurvedic system of medicine is an ancient Indian system of medicine that uses the inherent power of herbs to help diseases in a natural and healthy way. We in Ayurveda believe that the body is controlled by three different energies which are Vada, Pitta, and Kappha. These energies maintain the balance in our bodies and any imbalance in these energies may disorient the body system.
In cases of INSOMNIA, the body energies are imbalanced that make the person’s brain and body system lack coordination. The body is disoriented and the person cannot have a complete sleep. In some cases people sleep at odd timings. Ayurveda helps the person suffering from insomnia in a natural way.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP INSOMNIA
BACOPA MONNEIRI (BRAHMI)
The Brahmi herb is famous for its magnificent properties. A few of its astonishing effects have been proved on conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is used by physicians for stress, post-natal depression, anxiety, ADD and epilepsy. It is a major product of many a memory tonics. Stress, anxiety, menstrual disturbances, hair loss and fatigue are a few conditions where the herb has shown positive effects. These anti-oxidants remove the toxins from the body nourishes the blood cells. Another wonderful action of the herb is on the nervous system wherein it works to increase the coordination between the nervous system components thereby increasing the brain functioning. It is therefore used as a brain tonic. For its action on controlling the anxiety of the nervous system the Ayurvedic herb is used as a tranquilizer. The actions of the Brahmi herb over the brain area make it a wonderful tonic to help enhance the mental capabilities of the individual. It affects both the short and the long-term memory. It promotes a relaxed state of mind and nerves, spreading calmness. It takes care of the emotional disturbances; tension caused headaches, feeling of anxiety and depression. The herbal product is highly recommended for people suffering from ADD as it helps them analyze clearly. Brahmi is an essential ingredient of Medhya churna and Brahmi capsules.
WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA)
The herb Ashwagandha is believed to possess naturally rejuvenating properties to the body. All such medical issues related to fatigue, stress and weakness are beautifully relieved using this herb. Ashwagandha capsules are a pure Ayurvedic formulation that contains the concentrated properties of the raw herb in a small capsule to enrich the body. This capsule has worked well in cases of impotency, stress, constipation, rheumatism and many more chronic ailments. This multi-effect herbal capsule all helps reduce stress induced neurological disorders. As we all know stress, fatigue, memory and bodily weaknesses are all outcomes of unhealthy lifestyle and may result into various chronic heart and neurological diseases. To prevent such diseased state regular intake of Ayurvedic Ashwagandha capsules is a perfect solution. It is a good antioxidant. The herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Ashwagandha ayurvedic herb helps to promote overall well-being of the body and nourishes it with strength and immunity. Apart from the above, the herbal product has potential powers to nourish the brain to make the functioning of the brain quicker and sharper. It has dynamic results on the male sexual system as it facilitates quicker and long lasting erections. It is a wonderful herb used in MEDHYA CHURNA and ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES.
ACORUS CALAMUS (VACHA)
In Sanskrit ‘vacha’ literally means ‘speaking’; that relates to its wonderful anti-stammering properties. Ayurvedic physicians believe that this herb alleviates Vada and kapha (kinetic and potential energies) but aggravates the pitta (thermal energy). The Indian Ayurvedic system uses it as a nerve tonic. The magical root of this herb has a reliever action over many mental disorders. Commonly known as ‘sweet flag’ it can relieve speech disorders, enhance speaking abilities and coordination, also working on the memory of the person. The regular intake has proved to increase and improve memory. Apart from these, other areas of its function are the digestive disorders and urinary dysfunctions. It has a mild sedative action and can be used for hysteria and epilepsy too. Vacha is used to prepare Medhya churna.
CONVOLVULUS PLURICAULIS (SHANKHPUSHPI)
A common Indian drug used by parents to help increase their child’s memory, retention power and concentration. This herb has the potential to increase the retention power as well as increase the remembering capacity of the brain. It works miraculously to relieve stress and anxiety. Physicians use it to relieve nervous disorders, mental disorders, problem of insomnia and fatigue-both mental and physical. It is used to prepare MEDHYA CHURNA.