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Proper Sleep - How Homeopathy Can Help You Attain It?

Dr. Kanchan Mittal 88% (47 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Ghaziabad
Proper Sleep - How Homeopathy Can Help You Attain It?

Some people simply lie down and fall asleep instantly, while others toss and turn for hours before going off to sleep. Getting a good night's sleep is important for everyone be it, toddlers or adults. There are many reasons as to why people find it difficult to sleep or do not enjoy a restful sleep. Homeopathy can be very helpful in treating such sleep disorders. Here are a few homeopathic medicines that can improve the quality of your sleep.

1. Arsenicum Album: Sleeplessness caused by anxiety, fear or worry can be treated using Arsenicum Album. Apart from having difficulty falling asleep, patients suffering from this disorder often wake up in the middle of the night. Some patients also feel restless while sleeping, which makes the person toss and turn in bed and at times feel the need to walk about; these symptoms can also be treated with this medication.

2. Coffea Cruda: This can be used to treat insomnia caused by mental and physical restlessness. Symptoms of the sleep disorder treated by Coffea Cruda are a constant flow of ideas, rapid thoughts, nervous energy and excitement. Having a cup of coffee before bedtime often triggers these symptoms. This is often experienced by people on the night before an important day.

3. Gelsemium Sempervirens: Insomnia caused by exhaustion and anticipatory anxiety can be treated with Gelsemium Sempervirens. This is often experienced as a symptom associated with alcohol withdrawal. Babies who cannot fall asleep because of teething pains can also be given Gelsemium Sempervirens.

4. Nux Vomica: Some people fall asleep early, but wake up in the middle of the night with an alert mind only to start feeling sleepy again early in the morning. This makes them irritable and tired. In such cases, nux vomica is known to be beneficial towards having a more restful sleep. This sleep disorder is worsened by narcotics and stimulants such as coffee or alcohol.

5. Phosphorus: Some people, especially the elderly, feel sleepy all day, but can't fall asleep at night. Lying on their left side makes this worse and their sleep is broken into naps. Phosphorus can be used in such cases to regulate the sleep cycle and improve the quality of sleep.

Apart from medication, lifestyle changes can also help cure sleep disorders. Some of these changes are:

1. Exercise early in the morning for at least 30 minutes each day.
2. Avoid caffeine and foods that are difficult to digest especially before bedtime.
3. Avoid snacks that can make your blood sugar fluctuate.
4. Eat a protein snack or sip chamomile tea before going to bed.

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Sleep Disorder - How Can Homeopathy Treat It?

Dr. Vinita G 93% (32 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Chennai
Sleep Disorder - How Can Homeopathy Treat It?

Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for good health. But, we all face insomnia to some degree or other. Homeopathy is a complementary system of medicine that cures almost any disease on earth, including insomnia.

Insomnia is a complex issue with a number of factors. Sometimes the fear of insomnia keeps people awake at night. Other causes are age- older people find it difficult to get sleep due to drop in levels of melatonin , a chemical that induces sleep; gender – women are more blessed with insomnia because of their hormonal fluctuations that happen on a monthly basis plus due to pregnancy and menopausedepression, high BP, seizures, heart problems, anxiety etc. Jetlag, irregular shift work can also give you insomnia.

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition.

The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. It is always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath before you go for medication. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

Homeopathic medicines that may help you to treat insomnia, are-

  1. Arsenicum Album (Ars): The anxious lot who suffer from sleeplessness will benefit from this one. Those with disturbed, restless sleep will get relief from their tossing and turning.

  2. Coffea Cruda (Coff): Coffee is also used to treat insomnia when given in the crude form. It relieves symptoms produced by coffee, like sleeplessness due to rapid thoughts and an active mind

  3. Gelsemium Sempervirens (Gels): Sleeplessness from anxiety is treated with this one . It also treats insomnia due to exhaustion.

  4. Ignatia Amara (Ign): Sleeplessness from a recent disappointment or grief is treated using this medicine.

  5. Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc): Are you feeling sleepy all day and sleepless at night from an active mind? Then this is the one for you!

  6. Nux Vomica (Nux-v): Irritability from loss of sleep is treated using this medicine and so is restlessness from the excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol, or drugs.

  7. Passiflora Incarnata (Pass): Restlessness, exhaustion, and sleeplessness, all three are treated. It’s especially useful for aged and infants.

  8. Phosphorus (Phos): Short naps with frequent waking are a symptom treated with this one. It’s very effective for sleeplessness in old people.

  9. Sulphur (Sulph): Disturbed sleep and inability to fall asleep after waking up between 2 – 5am and unable to go back to sleep- If this describes you, then try Sulph.

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I am addicted alprazolam approx 2 mg daily without any doctor's permission now I have problem on stomach and I can't sleep without medicine so please tell me what can I do.In past I have heavy alcoholic and taken ganja I feel that is wrong then I stopped but now I am taking alprazolam 2 mg daily at night for sleeping after that I can't sleep very well .and not receiving medicine without doctor's proscription so I meet doctor's now doctor's suggest me to be self confidence and giving some medicine like AMBULAX ET and some for stomach but I can't sleeping please tell me what can I do I am feeling that I got cimtums of madness please give me your helpful guidance.

Mr. Senthilkumar L 92% (1114 ratings)
Diploma In Psychology Counselling Skills, Diploma in ayurveda, B.S IT
Psychologist, Bangalore
I am addicted alprazolam approx 2 mg daily without any doctor's permission now I have problem on stomach and I can't ...
Hello Friend, Good that you are seeking a help here. Just be aware that medicine are just one part of any psychic treatments like yours. They help in suppressing the emotions to give temporary relief and sometimes causes side effects due to the certain body conditions. However the actual root cause for your emotional disturbance is the anxious or overwhelming thoughts which can't be controlled by medicines. So it's important to follow certain non medicine treatment plan in parallel to manage and control your mind and anxiety. Take a help of psychologists directly or online to assess your suitation and recommend suitable psychotherapy solution to support your treatment in parallel. Be positive. You will be alright soon. Feel free reach me online for further evaluation and assistance.
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Know All About Sleepwalking!

Dr. Rajesh Rathi 89% (33 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Sexologist, Nagpur
Know All About Sleepwalking!

Sleep walking is a sleep related disorder that affects many individuals globally. It causes people to get up and start walking even when they are in a deep state of sleep. This condition happens when the patient is going through a state of deep sleep to light sleep, before actually awaking. In most cases, the patients are not aware of their actions and may find themselves in another room or part of the house when they wake up. While this condition usually happens for children between the ages of four to eight, it may even happen for certain adults. Here is everything you need to know about sleep walking from the reasons that cause it, to the ways in which it may be treated.

General causes of sleepwalking: Sleepwalking may be caused by sudden stress or a chaotic sleep pattern. In such cases, it may last only a few weeks and may even come with other symptoms like bedwetting. This is most commonly seen in children. It is also a genetically inherited disorder that can affect people whose parents or siblings have suffered from the same.

Also, if you have a sleep deprivation problem and experience trouble when it comes to falling asleep, then this condition may set in. Many people also walk in their sleep when they are drunk or are known to regularly get drunk. Excessive alcohol consumption may also lead to such sleep disorders. Also, if the patient is taking sedatives that are hypnotic in nature, then they may experience such symptoms as sleep walking.

Medical conditions: There are also a number of medical conditions that may cause this condition. To begin with, sleepwalking may arise as a symptom of heartburn and fever. Also, patients who are suffering from an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm may end up walking in their sleep. Restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, night time seizures and asthma may also cause this condition. Other psychiatric disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and multiple personality disorder can also cause symptoms such as sleep walking.

Treatment: The method of treatment is usually based on the genetic, environmental or physiological reasons that are behind the actual disorder. While changing the medicines and treating the actual ailment that causes sleep walking as a symptom may be recommended by most doctors, one may also have to undergo therapy. This therapy will help in reaching the root cause of the sleepwalking disorder in case it is a chronic problem that has nothing to do with any other ailment or disease. The doctor may also look for signs of nocturnal seizures and confusion arousal in order to treat the same with proper therapy and medication.

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What Causes Insomnia?

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 89% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
What Causes Insomnia?

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia includes having trouble falling or staying asleep. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood, but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

Symptoms of Insomnia-

Causes of Insomnia-

Risk factors of Insomnia-

  • Women hormonal changes
  • Older age
  • Medical history of Mental disorder
  • Overworked on the job or at home
  • Travel across time zones
  • Low social life
  • Psychological problem

Complications of Insomnia-

Diagnosis of Insomnia-

Diagnosis includes a physical exam, a medical history, and a sleep history. You may be asked to keeping track of your sleep patterns and how you feel during the day. In some cases, you may be referred to a sleep center for special tests.

Precautions & Prevention of Insomnia-

  • Learn mental relaxation techniques
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid cigarette smoking
  • Eat healthy diet
  • Make your sleeping place comfortable

Treatment of Insomnia-

Homeopathic Treatment of Insomnia (Sleeplessness)-

Homeopathy cures insomnia of various causes as it cures the root cause. It helps in getting back natural sleep in right proportion. It does not create a dull mind but on the contrary by inducing natural sleep it creates fresh and active mind. Following are some homeopathic remedies helpful for insomnia.

  • Belladonna
  • Nux vomica
  • Coffea
  • Chamomilla
  • Gelsemium
  • Sulphur
  • Cannabis Indica
  • Hyoscyamus

Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Insomnia (Sleeplessness)-

Acupuncture treatment breaks the disharmony cycle with the help of needle and people start sleep better naturally.  Acupuncture also calms our nerves. It helps to clear obstructions of the muscle and nerve channels. Using acupuncture for insomnia can over time correct whatever imbalances are causing the insomnia, without any side-effects. 

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Insomnia (Sleeplessness)-

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy are the best treatment for persons who had a hard time falling asleep and for those who woke up during the night. Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy sessions include issues related to loss, grief, relationships, problems arising from childhood memories, and can also be applied to help promote improved sleep.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Insomnia-

In allopathic and conventional medicine, treatment of insomnia includes alleviating or coping with any physical and emotional problems that contribute to the condition. Conventional benzodiazepines were the mainstay of pharmacological treatments of insomnia

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Insomnia-

  • Avoid large meals before bed
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily
  • Eat a carbohydrate snack, such as cereal, just before bedtime.

Other Treatment of Insomnia-

  • Meditation
  • Do energetic yoga, such as power yoga or Ashtanga
  • Quit smoking
  • A good Massage
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Keep the bedroom cool, quiet, and dark.
     

 

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Sleepwalking - Understanding The Medical Conditions Behind It!

Dr. Anjali Nagpal 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry, ECFMG (USA), DPM
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Sleepwalking - Understanding The Medical Conditions Behind It!

Sleep walking is a sleep related disorder that affects many individuals globally. It causes people to get up and start walking even when they are in a deep state of sleep. This condition happens when the patient is going through a state of deep sleep to light sleep, before actually awaking. In most cases, the patients are not aware of their actions and may find themselves in another room or part of the house when they wake up. While this condition usually happens for children between the ages of four to eight, it may even happen for certain adults. Here is everything you need to know about sleep walking from the reasons that cause it, to the ways in which it may be treated.

General causes of sleepwalking: Sleepwalking may be caused by sudden stress or a chaotic sleep pattern. In such cases, it may last only a few weeks and may even come with other symptoms like bedwetting. This is most commonly seen in children. It is also a genetically inherited disorder that can affect people whose parents or siblings have suffered from the same.

Also, if you have a sleep deprivation problem and experience trouble when it comes to falling asleep, then this condition may set in. Many people also walk in their sleep when they are drunk or are known to regularly get drunk. Excessive alcohol consumption may also lead to such sleep disorders. Also, if the patient is taking sedatives that are hypnotic in nature, then they may experience such symptoms as sleep walking.

Medical conditions: There are also a number of medical conditions that may cause this condition. To begin with, sleepwalking may arise as a symptom of heartburn and fever. Also, patients who are suffering from an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm may end up walking in their sleep. Restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, night time seizures and asthma may also cause this condition. Other psychiatric disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and multiple personality disorder can also cause symptoms such as sleep walking.

Treatment: The method of treatment is usually based on the genetic, environmental or physiological reasons that are behind the actual disorder. While changing the medicines and treating the actual ailment that causes sleep walking as a symptom may be recommended by most doctors, one may also have to undergo therapy. This therapy will help in reaching the root cause of the sleepwalking disorder in case it is a chronic problem that has nothing to do with any other ailment or disease. The doctor may also look for signs of nocturnal seizures and confusion arousal in order to treat the same with proper therapy and medication. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I am taking anti depression drug (D venizep 50 mg) for a long time. When I take medicine I well, but stop medicine I feel bad. Not take the medicine some problems (do not sleep, dis comfortable ). It is the deep problem of my life. What should I do?

Dr. Akshata Bhat 94% (2156 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I am taking anti depression drug (D venizep 50 mg) for a long time. When I take medicine I well, but stop medicine I ...
Since you are already on medication I suggest you talk to your treating Psychiatrist and convey your current symptoms to them. It is possible that some changes in medication dosages will help improve the symptoms. As they are familiar with your history it is always better to have a discussion with them regarding this situation.
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Hello doctor, I just want to asked about my sleeping pills I am taking it as long 6 years now I am getting addicted to it very badly without taking it it make me conscious fell my body like restless make me sleepless and more I just do my whole body checkup recently where the reports are normal and fine but still I know it is not good for my health I really just want to leave that but it make me helpless ill take daily one tablet at night after dinner at 10 or 9 o'clock the name was ZAPIZ 0.5 I know it is for anxiety and it make me like that when I dnt eat it please doctor help me for that I am getting rid of it now I just want to leave that but I am now addicted for it badly please doctor help me for the needful?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 93% (38298 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Hello doctor, I just want to asked about my sleeping pills I am taking it as long 6 years now I am getting addicted t...
Sleep is the best reliever of all stress and physical pain. Not only is it important to get sleep, but also to sleep soundly and without any disturbance. The quality matters. Here are a few tips to get better sleep: 1.It is important to maintain the same sleep schedule every single day. This helps to naturalize your body clock and get the best quality sleep. 2.Switch off all mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. Their artificial glow not only hampers your eyesight, but also prolongs the amount of time your body takes to relax and fall off to sleep. 3.If your back pain causes you to continually wake up in the middle of the night in discomfort, then sleep with a pillow or cushion between your legs so as to straighten out your back and relieve pent up stress. 4.The importance of your pillow can never be stressed upon enough. Your pillow should be not too fat, hard or soft. It should just about support the natural curve of your neck, so that it is perfectly aligned with the centre of your body. Correct sleeping postures are extremely important. 5.Make sure your room is nice and dark so as to stimulate the secretion of a hormone called melatonin that is regulated by light exposure. Darker the room, greater melatonin, making you more sleepy. 6.Those who exercise regularly and well are known to be fitful sleepers. Exercise well before bedtime. If required, do some light yoga or stretching exercises that promote sleep. 7.What you eat throughout the day makes a difference to the quality of your sleep. Stay away from too much caffeine, alcohol, or a heavy meal just before sleeping. They only make you stay awake for longer and may cause heartburn or stomach trouble. Don't drink too much water, or else you will be making more midnight trips to the bathroom than clocking those sleep hours. 8.Try to keep your head clear of all worries and stress when in bed. Regular meditation and deep breathing can help. There is no end to all the things you can do to sleep well and comfortably. It is important to be self-disciplined to sleep well and hence be a healthy individual. Resting at night plays an important role in regulating your daily health and your level of energy throughout a day. Also, not only the quantity but the quality of sleep is also important for a healthy lifestyle. Bedtime habits do play a vital role in shaping up your lifestyle and personality as a whole. Here are many lifestyle habits that can help you to get sound sleep. Excess sleep can be due to anaemia, Hypothyroidism or general weakness and a blood test is needed and you may contact me personally by Lybrate site for further advice 1.Make regular and a fixed sleep pattern: Going to sleep and waking up the same time every day helps to maintain an equilibrium in the sleep-wake cycle called diurnal rhythm. If this balance is maintained, then your body will be accustomed to this pattern and as a result, you will feel less tired and fresh throughout the day 2. Maintain a definite dietary regulation: You should also maintain a proper diet plan and observe the consequences/effects of the foods that you are eating and the fluids that you are drinking on your sleep pattern. Taking a good and properly nutritious diet on a daily basis will help you to stay healthy and help your natural sleep-wake cycle. 3. Ensure that your room has mild or dim lighting or darkness if you prefer: The level of light also matters at the time of your sleep. You should definitely make sure that there is a very minimal level of light or darkness around you when you try to sleep. This should be done because the lesser is the light, the more comfortable you are while sleeping. Additionally, the sleep that you will get in a dark room will also be sound and undistorted as it helps keep all the sensory organs calm. 4). Do some relaxing activities before bedtime: Depending on your choice, you should follow simple techniques of relaxation in order to calm down the brain before sleep. Like mediation, Yoga or- deep breathing exercise, muscle relaxing activity, visualizing a peaceful setting/ scenario like a calm garden or beach or mountain area. These activities are just guidelines and you can do anything that helps you to get a relaxing mood and sleep. 5). Avoid daytime naps if you can, But Having short naps of less than one hour is absolutely okay if you are excessively tired during the day or you did not have a sound sleep the previous night. But, if you are consistently having long naps during the day then you are bound to have sleep issues during the night. So it is advisable to sleep early and wake up early for a healthy schedule. 6) Regular exercise: Exercising regularly helps to improve the overall quality of sleep by making you tired at night and sending you to bed more efficiently. Light to mild exercises also helps cure sleep disorders like insomnia. Resting at night plays an important role in regulating your daily health and your level of energy throughout a day. Also, not only the quantity but the quality of sleep is also important for a healthy lifestyle. Bedtime habits do play a vital role in shaping up your lifestyle and personality as a whole. Here are 6 lifestyle habits that can help you to get sound sleep on a daily basis. 1. Having a fixed sleep pattern: Going to sleep and waking up approximately during the same time every day helps to maintain an equilibrium in the sleep-wake cycle. If this balance is maintained then your body will be accustomed to this pattern and as a result, you will feel less tired and sleepy during the daytime. 2. Maintaining certain dietary regulations: You should also maintain a proper diet plan and examine the consequences of the foods that you are eating and the fluids that you are drinking. Taking a proper and nutritious diet on a daily basis will help you to stay healthy by not disrupting your natural sleep-wake cycle. 3. Ensuring that your room has appropriate lighting: The level of light also matters at the time of your sleep. You should definitely make sure that there is a very minimal level of light around you during bed time. This should be done because the lesser is the light, the more comfortable you are while sleeping. Additionally, the sleep that you will get into a dark room will also be sound and undistorted as it helps keep all the sensory organs calm. 4. Regular exercise: Exercising regularly helps to improve the overall quality of sleep by making you tired at night and sending you to bed more efficiently. Light to mild exercises also helps cure sleep disorders like insomnia. 5. Opting for some relaxing activities before bed: Depending on your personality, you should follow simple techniques of relaxation in order to calm down the brain before sleep. Some of the most common relaxation techniques include- deep breathing exercise, muscle relaxing activity, visualizing a peaceful setting/ scenario and a light before-bed snack. The above-mentioned activities are just suggestive and you should do anything that helps you to get a sound sleep. 6. Having daytime naps: Having short naps of less than one hour is absolutely okay if you are excessively tired during the day or you did not have a sound sleep the previous night. But, if you are consistently having long naps during the day then you are bound to have sleep issues during the night. So it is advisable to sleep early and wake up early for a healthy schedule.
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I get sleep only if by Alprax. 25 for 5 years, I am erected excited to tablets, please help me to get off tablets.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), I. P. G. T & R. GUJARAT AYURVED UNIVERSITY, JAMNAGAR , I. P. G. T. & R. GUJARAT AYURVED UNIVERSITY, JAMNAGAR
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
I get sleep only if by Alprax. 25 for 5 years, I am erected excited to tablets, please help me to get off tablets.
Mr. lybrate-user, Shirodhaaraa, Nasya-karma, musictherapy, having bath before bedtime & pippleemool powder with cow-milk will definitely help you.
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Can I use zolpidem to change my sleeping cycle? I sleep at 5-6 in the morning. Since 6 years. I have to change it any how!

Dr. Ram Jee Prasad 91% (8129 ratings)
B.H.M.S
Homeopath, Patna
Can I use zolpidem to change my sleeping cycle? I sleep at 5-6 in the morning. Since 6 years. I have to change it any...
No and never. 2. Nux Vomica Q take 5 drop in a cup of water once at bed time please report in 3 days.
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