Insomnia or sleeplessness is a common disorder people are facing. This disorder came into existence in the modern world and was not even known in the ancient times. Physicians and scientists believe that this disorder is created through an individual behavior and eating habits. In medical terms Insomnia is a condition when a person is unable to attain full sleep and practices partial sleep. In case of partial sleep, an individual feels drowsy and even sleep but his or her sleep is disturbed in the middle and he /she is awake leading to sleeplessness. Insomnia is hazardous situation in which an individual is unable to get sound sleep and this leads to mental degradation and tiredness. The problem is mainly found in people with ages between 30-50 and mostly the working professionals and businessmen who are always surrounded with several responsibilities which most of them considered as "Tensions". Health Stats have shown that developed nations like USA, Europe & Australia have shown high rise in insomnia / sleeplessness cases.
So what are the causes of Insomnia? There are several causes the main ones are as follows:
- Mental Tension
- Indigestion (improper working of digestive system)
- High intake of caffeine (Coffee, Cold drinks, drugs)
- Irregular diet (eating frequent meals randomly throughout the day)
- Sitting or lying idle all the time and practicing no physical exercises
- Psychological problem (in this person considers himself awake all the time and so induces insomnia symptoms)
- Sleeping place is noisy and lighted all the time degrading sleep etc.
All these factors in one way or the other causes insomnia though there are several medical factors too. As a result the insomnia patient feels tired and mental fatigue throughout the day; also the patient may feel drowsy which could lead to accident if the victim is driving. If the person does not start up any treatment he / she may acquire chronic insomnia which leads to disease cropping in the body, and it becomes very difficult to cure.
Now the burning questions - Is there any treatment for Insomnia? Off course there is. Modern physicians usually prefer in prescribing sleeping pills, sedatives and even tranquilizers to make the patient sleep but it is a known fact that they are not the permanent treatment for Insomnia and if these medicines are practiced for a long time may cause other problems like hormonal disturbance, Hypertension etc. (I am not totally rejecting the Western medicine but emphasizing that their long term intake might cause harm).
Alternative therapies like Yoga, magneto therapy and acupressure instruments, Indian head massage too help to some extent for the Insomnia Treatment.
There is one remedy to treat insomnia which is called "YOGA". Yoga's meditation technique is considered one of the best tools in fighting against insomnia. As we know that Insomnia is caused due to mental stress and depression hence practicing meditation thoroughly helps in getting rid of the problem and ultimately the sleepless ness. The major posture for medication is like lying idle over the floor (place a cloth / carpet over the floor as it reduces magnetic behavior of earth which detracts mental nerves) and put your body in full relaxation along with your mind, until you feel that you are in neutral phase of your mind unable to think or do any activity, over that state concentrate on any of your body part and start analyzing not through your eyes but through your mind - a virtual world, this ultimately calms the mind and help in taming your mental activities. Practicing meditation for a long time really helps in getting rid of sleeplessness or insomnia.
According to Webster's Dictionary magnetotherapy is the treatment of disease by the application of magnets to the surface of the body. Now a days different magneto therapy and acupressure instruments are available in markets, like E.N.T. Magnet Pair, Power Mat, and Magnetic Pillow with Pyramid etc. Magnets have the power to promote the growth of cells and they increase the number of healthy red blood corpuscles (RBC). The RBC contains hemoglobin and the hemoglobin contains iron. The magnets influence the iron in the blood through which it reaches every part of the body. Thus, it removes calcium, cholesterol and other minerals that get deposited. This therapy has no side effects but there are some guidelines that need to be considered.
Indian head massage is a relaxing treatment, which as the name suggests, concentrates on the head, neck, and shoulders. It is an extremely safe form of massage that can promote stress relief, healthy hair and relief from general tension and aches and pains. It improves blood circulation to the head and neck area, therefore speeding up the disposal of waste products. It helps to improve the mobility of the head and neck area which gives relieves in mental and physical strain. It also helps in relieving eyestrain, headaches, congestion and Insomnia. It balances the Charkas (energy centers) therefore helping the body to work in a more harmonious manner.
Thus, combining the alternative therapy with the modern therapy, and the love and support of family members can help in the treatment of not only Insomnia but all the stress and mental related diseases.