Relieving insomnia with homeopathy.
There is nothing worse than not being able to get a good night’s sleep. Tossing and turning, your mind racing, it’s almost as if the more you think about not being able to sleep, the more you can’t sleep!
Unfortunately sleeping tablets are not really the answer either, they make you feel pretty groggy the next day and once you stop taking them you find the problem returns, as you are never fully addressing the cause.
As a qualified homeopath, it is a very common question to be asked, ‘what can I take to help me sleep?’ and one that is hard to prescribe for unless I have had a full consultation with that client.
Insomnia can derive from various different causes including toxicity (alcohol, medication, pollution) anxiety, grief, stress and even past recreational drug use.
In this blog I will recommend some common homeopathic remedies, which are known to aid a healthy night’s sleep. I do urge you to consider seeing a qualified homeopathic practitioner to pinpoint the cause of your sleeplessness, especially if it has become chronic (symptoms have persisted for more than 3 months).
Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from Ainsworth, Helios or Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacies based in London with mail order services. Some remedies can be found individually in Boots and other larger pharmacies.
Place 1 pill under the tongue 1 hour before retiring to bed and then a further dose in the night if needed.
Arnica 30c – Good for physical overwork and when the bed feels too hard and uncomfortable. This remedy is also useful for jet lag.
Chamomilla 30c – Ideal for someone who feels irritable and restless. It is also a great antidote for the overuse of coffee. Generally someone who needs this remedy will exhibit sleeplessness and restlessness during the first part of the night. Also great for an irritable baby who refuses to be calmed and their sleeplessness is caused by teething, anger or colic.
Cocculus 30c – If exhaustion is related to changing work shifts or too many nights of staying awake, as when caring for a sick person. Also for overtiredness and exhaustion. Another useful jet lag remedy too.
Coffea 30c – Coffea, the homeopathic remedy made from the coffee bean, is very useful in cases of sleeplessness when the mind is awake and overworking. Shows inability to relax due to the overexcitement caused by good news or ideas. Vivid dreams, overactive mind and overexcitement. The thoughts are not fixed on a disappointment, but nevertheless the nervous system seems to be overexcited, as if from drinking too much coffee.
Ignatia 30c – Sleeplessness caused by shock, emotional stress, or grief, where the person has become overwrought and moody, with frequent yawning or sighing. Jerks limbs when falling asleep. Mood swings, thirstlessness, dreams with bottled up anger and tension.
Kali Phos 6c or 30c – Great for night terrors, or waking up with a sinking feeling in the stomach. Caused by excitement or mental strain. Also for anxiety, irritability, and muscle fatigue. Someone who needs this remedy is often exhausted by stress or overwork.
Lachesis 30c – Sleep problems during the menopause. Sensation of suffocation at the throat or bed swaying as you go to sleep. Dread of going to bed. Tendency to hold breath whilst falling asleep. Night sweats. Waking anxious and feeling unwell.
Nux vomica 30c – Excellent for the person who is irritable and sleepless from stopping sedatives, or from too much mental stress, alcohol or food. For alcohol, overeating (especially spicy foods), noise, and lack of steep. The sleeplessness typically occurs after waking up very early in the morning. The person cannot get back to sleep until just before the alarm goes off, and then gets up irritable and angry from lack of sleep.
The Nelson’s brand also make an excellent combination called Noctura, which is available from most health food shops or larger pharmacies and costs approximately £5. Follow the instructions on the packet.
Until next time, have a happy, healthy week!