Insomnia is the habitual inability to sleep, and there are different types of insomnia known as Short-Term and Chronic, the latter being categorized as having difficulty falling or staying asleep for more than six months. How this is even possible for a person to experience for such a long time is quite mind-blowing, especially for someone who has not experienced Chronic Insomnia. But these sleep deprivations are nothing to laugh about. These can truly become harmful to one’s health and the quality of one’s life.
Some causes of insomnia are rooted in stress and anxiety, unhealthy daily diets, and too much caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol— although this is supposed to be a sedative— can actually prevent you from getting to the deeper stages of sleep. A forced change in sleeping patterns for long periods of time eventually mess up your body clock, while emotional and/or physical discomfort and even environmental factors can also interfere with sleep. But take note that insomnia also becomes common as you get older, and lack of activity can affect a good, sound sleep.
The main ingredient that one needs to improve one’s sleep and treat insomnia is the hormone called Melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland and regulates the body’s circadian rhythms or the sleep-wake cycle. It naturally increases the feelings of sleepiness and is relaxation. Then there is, what they call the “Magic Trio” for sleep boosters. These are magnesium, potassium, and tryptophan.
There are certain types of food and other natural remedies that can help treat insomnia:
2. Cherries – provides a significant amount of raise melatonin content and improves sleep quality and efficiency.
3. Bananas – Yes, we know that these are also promoted as natural energy boosters, but they also contain lots of magnesium, tryptophan, and potassium, which gives the effects of feeling sleepy.
5. Oatmeal and other whole grains – breakfast food always gives warm, fuzzy feelings when taken during dinner time, and oatmeal is high in magnesium and potassium. Carbohydrates also increase the production of serotonin which also slows the nerve activity and gives the effects of calming our brains.
6. Red meat and Iron-Rich Food – another cause for insomnia could be anemia or iron deficiency. Have some lean red meat and less saturated fat for lunch instead of dinner.
7. Turkey – It is rich in tryptophan, which is an amino acid our body uses to produce serotonin.
9. Chamomile Tea – A nice warm cup of this can be very relaxing and if taken right before you go to bed, it could help you fall asleep. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
10. Lavender – Relaxing, calming, and encourages sleep. This has been used in various forms such as oils, shampoo, body soap, aromatherapy candles, and incense.
11. Sleep Inducing Music Therapy with Binaural Beats – Changing your state of mind using binaural beats to induce sleepiness can also be achieved. The scientific approach to this is with the use of brainwave frequencies that trigger sleep aids. Scientific research says that when we sleep, our brainwaves are in the Delta range, and using programs to simulate the binaural beat frequencies that are in this range can help you feel more relaxed, drowsy, and help your mind and body get into the zone, ready for a good, sound sleep.
All you need to do is play your preferred binaural beat (tracks with music accompaniments have been much favorable and tolerable for many people as compared to the pure tone versions) as you lie down, ready for bed. Let the audio take over your busy thoughts and just focus on the music or tones. You will eventually fall asleep while the audio plays.
Our recommendation is to always have the volume level at a comfortable low.
Below is one of our Sleep Aid videos that continua frequencies to help treat insomnia.
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