Those of us who suffer from insomnia or disturbed or poor quality sleep on a regular basis are aware of how debilitating it can be not to have enough rest.
However most of us may be uncomfortable with the idea of using drugs to induce sleep, because of the possible addictive nature of drugs as well as possible side effects.
Here are some effective alternative therapies for insomnia.
Herbal remedies for insomnia
Valerian is known to be an effective antidote to insomnia, helping a person fall asleep as well as maintain sleep. One study demonstrated the efficacy of the herb to be as much as Serax (drug prescribed for anxiety). Chamomile is also known to be an effective sleep aid because of its relaxing properties.
In addition, lavender is known to induce relaxation and herbs such as ginseng, lemon balm, hops, passionflower and skullcap are also effective in helping with insomnia.
Some of these herbs such as passionflower also have additional therapeutic properties such as helping with digestion, apart from use as a relaxation and sleep aid.
Melatonin is actually a hormone that is known to have a crucial impact on sleep and in at least one study has been seen to counter problems such as those caused by jet lag and circadian rhythm disorders.
They are also very useful as a sleep aid because this nutrient is known to govern muscle relaxation and hence can calm restlessness.
Kava is another herb known to help with sleeplessness connected to anxiety.
Acupuncture for insomnia
The ancient Chinese therapy that consists of inserting fine needles into specific points in the body is also known to help with sleeplessness. Studies have been able to demonstrate a notable improvement in sleep quality for people with insomnia after having undergone acupuncture treatment.