Insomnia or Anidra:
Insomnia (anidra) is a condition when a person faces difficulty in sleeping at night that affects the day-to-day work. Or in simple words, we can say that the problem of disturbed sleep or inability to sleep is called insomnia. It can be either acute or chronic. Today it is very common even among youngsters because of tension, anxiety, stress and busy lifestyle and for some people the problem is such that they need to take sleeping pills every night.
Because of insomnia, people are facing difficulty in falling asleep, waking up during the night and lie awake for one to two hours when awakened in the middle of the night. It affects your energy, mood, health, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems. As per medical science, lack of sleep increases the risk for high blood pressure, depression and weight gain, and also effects hormones adversely.
Common causes of insomnia (anidra) are stress, anxiety, depression, unhealthy lifestyle and excessive use of caffeine and alcohol. Some medical conditions can also cause insomnia like- arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, gastric problems, and neurological conditions etc. It is also caused because of some medication like thyroid, high blood pressure, heart problem, birth control, depression, cold and allergies.
Doctors prescribe sleeping pills to get asleep but taking sleeping pills every night is not good. It is better to avoid it or if it is necessary, adopt some harmless alternative of this. There is some simple natural remedies by using which you can control your problem of disturbed sleep.
Natural Remedies For Insomnia (Anidra):
1. Cinnamon Kadha for Insomnia:
Cinnamon or dalchini is a kind of spice that has many medicinal properties. Its decoction (kadha) controls problem of insomnia naturally.
First of all, take 125 gm of water and mix cinnamon powder in it. Boil this water for 10 minutes and then sieve it into a cup. Put three batasha (batasha is a type of sugar) in it and drink lukewarm in the morning. Take it regularly for one month, it will improve disturbed sleep problem definitely.
There is no harm of cinnamon. If your sleep disturbance improves, stop taking this kadha. You can take it whenever you need.
2. White Poppy Seeds (Khus khus):
White Poppy seed (khus khus) is an oilseed obtained from the opium poppy. The tiny kidney-shaped white poppy seeds are used, whole or ground, as an ingredient in many foods and also as a remedy to cure some health problems. White poppy seeds are helpful in controlling insomnia.
White Poppy seeds (khas khas) 40 gm
Almonds (badam) 20 gm
Grind white poppy seeds and almonds separately to make fine powder. Then mix them thoroughly and keep into a jar. Take 3 gm of powder every morning and evening for 10 days with water; it controls blood pressure and makes you sound asleep at night. You can take this powder for twenty days.
3. Banana (Kela) for Insomnia:
Banana, an edible fruit, is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason. It is helpful in treating some health problems also. As far as insomnia is concerned, banana works effectively.
Eat one banana half an hour before going to bed because it helps to calm down your muscles. Bananas contain tryptophan, potassium and magnesium which are muscle relaxants. It makes you sound asleep at night. You can continue to eat banana for a long time because there is nothing harmful in it. Banana remains available in fruit market around the year.
4. Mint Leaves for Insomnia:
Mint leaves (pudina) are tender herbs which have lots of health benefits. Their decoction (kadha) can control even problem of insomnia without medicine and makes you sound asleep.
Firstly, wash some fresh mint leaves (10-20 gm) with water thoroughly. Then boil the mint leaves in 200 gm of water for 10 minutes and strain it into a cup. After that mix two spoons of honey (shahad) in it and drink before going to bed at night. With a regular use of three to four weeks, problem of insomnia vanished forever and you will get sound sleep.
Leaves of mint are easily available in vegetable market; you can also dry it and make powder for off season usage. Keep the powder in air tight jar. 2 gm dry powder can be used in place of fresh leaves.
5. Cherry Juice for Insomnia:
Cherry juice is an antioxidant rich liquid which provides some solid health benefits too. If you are struggling with sleep and want to alleviate this without sleeping pills, cherry juice is another natural remedy that can reduce the severity of insomnia (anidra). It is proved in a latest research in US that cherry juice can help people to sleep better.
Drink one cup of cherry juice 30 minutes before going to bed to sleep better. Continue to follow this natural remedy for 2-3 weeks. If the problem is chronic drink cherry juice two times a day- morning and night. Ready-made Cherry juice remains available in market.
6. Piper Longum Root for Insomnia:
Piper Longum root (Peeparamul) is a underground stem of piper longum (pippali). It is a natural analgesic which is traditionally used to cure some health problems and insomnia (anidra) is one of them. Piper longum root powder (Peeparamul powder) is simple and most noteworthy natural home remedy to reduce the problem of insomnia.
- Take 25 gm of piper longum root (peeparamul) and grind it in mixer grinder to make fine powder.
- Keep this powder into an airtight jar.
- To control the problem of insomnia, take a glass of hot milk and mix 2 gm of piper longum root (Peeparamul) powder in it.
- Drink it one hour before going to sleep.
- You can take the powder directly with lukewarm water also.
7. Meditation (Dhyan) as Remedy for Insomnia:
Before going to bed, spare some time to meditate and to free your mind from cluttering thoughts. Meditation (dhyan) is a practice where an individual trains the mind to focus on a single point of reference; this single point of reference may be breathing, bodily sensations, a word (like ‘Om’) or phrase known as a mantra. Practicing meditation before going to sleep is an amazing natural remedy of insomnia. It is invaluable and keeps your mind calm, serene, peaceful and free from racing thoughts at night. With a regular practice of meditation, you will get rid of problem of insomnia completely because the rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep.
8. Simple Changes in Life Style:
Insomnia is a common problem that affects your energy, mood, health, and ability to function during the day. As a result, you are feeling grumpy and not working at your best. But you don’t have to resign yourself to sleepless nights. By way of making simple changes in your lifestyle and daily habits, you can get rid of insomnia without taking sleeping pills.
Some Basic Rules to Follow to Get Rid of Insomnia:
a. Wash your feet before going to bed to reduce problem of insomnia (anidra).
b. Massage the sole of your feet with mustard oil and put some mustard oil (sarson ka tel) on your naval point (nabhi) at night. It may help to get you sound sleep.
c. Head massage before going to sleep is also helpful to give you sound sleep at night.
d. Take a glass of hot milk (doodh) with honey (shahad) before going to sleep.
e. Getting trouble in sleeping can be treated by following the same routine that means, go to sleep at a fix time and wake up at the same time each day.
f. If you are suffering from insomnia, try not to nap in the afternoon, even if you are tired enough and slept poorly at night before.
g. Avoid taking coffee or tea after noon that means 8 hours before going to sleep because caffeine may affect your sleep.
h. Eat your last food i.e. dinner 4 hours before going to sleep because you need 3-4 hours to digest your food, therefore it should be light and timely.
i. Don’t use any electronic device 1-2 hours before going to sleep because it can affect your sleep. Vanish the TV from your bedroom.
j. Listening of light music helps to get asleep, therefore, keep music system in your bedroom and enjoy your favourite music before going to sleep.
k. Don’t go to bed too early because it can also cause insomnia. Only 30 minutes before your sleeping time is good to go to bed if you are suffering from insomnia.
l. Exercise: Be regular for exercise (vyayam) because it helps to be energetic and to sleep better.
All the required ingredients- cinnamon (dalchini), white poppy seeds (khus khus), almonds (badam), batasha and piper longum root (peeparamul)- remain available for sale into grocery shop or super markets and from there you can purchase the required ingredient.
Though all the remedies given above are quite effective and have no side effects but results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. If someone is allergic to any ingredient used in remedy, stop it immediately.