What Causes Insomnia and Natural Remedies for Sleep
Do you have trouble sleeping? Even after a long day at work, you feel both physically and mentally drained but as soon as you get into bed, you’re wide awake tossing from side to side desperately trying to fall asleep but failing? Well, if this a constant reality for you then it can be quite possible that you are suffering from insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping, read more to find out about the causes of insomnia and natural remedies for insomnia.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where you experience a sleepless night. Conditions can be either acute (where you will only be affected for a short term) or it can be chronic which lasts for a long time, the latter being slightly more serious. There are also different types of insomnia: primary and secondary.
This means your sleeplessness is not linked to any other health problems or conditions.
Causes of primary insomnia may include: stress due to work or other big life changes, disturbances in your soundings or if there have been changes to your sleep schedule like jetlag.
For this type of insomnia, you are having trouble sleeping because of health conditions like asthma or depression; pain; medication or substances like alcohol. Also, changes in your body like menopause can cause insomnia.
In this instance, the causes of sleeplessness may be due to mental health issues, certain medication, pain or other sleep conditions like sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Insomnia
While the most obvious indicator of an insomniac is that they can’t go to sleep, there are some other symptoms which will help you determine whether you suffer from insomnia or not. Some of the other symptoms of insomnia include:
Feeling sleepy or fatigued during the day
Irritability, depression, or anxiety
Unable to concentrate or focus
Worry or anxiety
How to Treat Insomnia
There are a number of ways to treat insomnia that vary from counselling, cognitive behavioural treatment or even medication. While these are very effective methods to tackle sleeplessness, there some natural remedies for sleep that are very easy and can help you manage it.
Good Sleeping Habits:
Try to stick to a schedule so that you go to sleep and wake up at a regular time. A schedule helps to create a habit, which will help tackle your sleep disorder.
Reduce Screen Time
One of the biggest culprits of insomnia are laptops and smart phones. While they are great during the day because they keep us connected, it also makes it challenging for us to disconnect at night. Avoid using any digital devices at least 45 minutes before your bedtime.
Diet plays a vital role in everything you do, and it can have a major effect on your sleep. Avoid going to bed hungry because you are guaranteed to wake up in the middle of the night famished, but with that said finish eating at least 2 – 3 hours before sleeping. Also, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, if you’re an avid coffee drinker try and have your last cup at around 4pm.
You can also use some calming and sleep-inducing products to help fall asleep better. Try some of our treatments from Spa Ceylon’s SLEEP INTENSE range which will instantly make you feel relaxed and set the mood for a good night’s sleep.
SLEEP INTENSE- Dream Balm
A comforting blend of Ayurvedic herbs and potent essential oils which have a calming and relaxing effect. This balm naturally soothes and eases the mind, body and soul— perfect to help you gently unwind after a long day. All you need to do is finely apply the balm on the temples, behind the ears, back of the neck and inner wrists; gently breathe in and relax. For the best effect, use this just before you go to sleep for ultimate relaxation.
SLEEP INTENSE- Calming Body Massage Serum
This intense pacifying serum has a strong concentrate of Ayurvedic wonder herbs and a blend of essential oils which aid in dreamy restful sleep. Enriched with the finest oriental Lavender that soothes the senses while the Ylang Ylang which calms the mind, it also contains other all-natural ingredients like Sweet Almond and Wheatgerm which improve overall skin health. This serum is not only a great treatment for good sleep but also skin health.
SLEEP INTENSE- Dream Essence Mist
When looking for home remedies for good sleep, one product that is always mentioned is a mist and our Spa Ceylon Dream Essence Mist is perfect to prepare you for a good sleep. Infused with Neroli Blossom which helps you unwind and take away daily stress. The exotic Ylang Ylang calms and soothes your mind and body. All you need to do is spray the mist on your palms and breathe in deeply. To make it even more relaxing, spray the mist on your pillowcase or over your linen and it will be as though you are falling asleep in paradise.
SLEEP INTENSE- Soothing Body Elixir
Our Soothing Body Elixir is like a magic formula that will gently lull you to sleep. Combined with Lavender which instantly relaxes you and zesty Orange that helps balance the chakras, this is the perfect way to prepare yourself for a night of blissful sleep. Sleep also greatly benefits overall skin health, which is why this elixir also contains Rice Bran, Soya, Olive and Honey which helps soften and protect skin against dryness.
SLEEP INTENSE- Relaxing Body Cleanser
A bath is one of the best home remedies for insomnia, as a quick Google search would inform you. Apply the Relaxing Body Cleanser to your skin to relax and calm your body, followed by the Soothing Body Elixir. This cleanser is enriched with soothing Neroli Blossom and Lavender which helps wash the stress away and prepare you for bed.