October 13, 2013 | Posted in Basics, Head / Nervous System, Men's Health, Mind / Mood, Pediatrics, Women's Health

Without sleep, life is miserable. Sleeping problems can be sorted into difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, insufficient hours, poor quality sleep.  See also Bedtime.

Some of the issues underlying these problems include restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, shift work which disturbs normal sleeping rhythms, the insomnia of profound exhaustion, and a variety of lifestyle and sleep hygiene difficulties.

We are each unique, having biochemical individuality which sets our neurotransmitters at different speeds and sensitivities.

Where does your ordinary consciousness go when you sleep? Few people ask this question. Healthy sleep occurs when the two bodies of consciousness, the Self or “I” and the astral (or soul) bodies leave the physical and etheric (life force) bodies so the lower bodies can rebuild.

A picture of the movement of consciousness in day and night rhythms is mirrored in the myth of Prometheus. Here, Prometheus is chained to Mount Caucasus, where during the daytime the eagle (representing our consciousness) eats his liver (an organ representing our vital forces). At night, the eagle flies away and the liver re-grows.  See Astral body, soul, for more discussion of the myth of Prometheus.

The most restorative hours are before midnight. Research into circadian rhythms more and more shows the link of human function with light and dark, day and night rhythms. Lacking adequate sleep, blood pressure and blood sugar rise.

Restless leg syndrome is related to metabolic issues, as both digestion and limbs are the parts of human make-up related to movement. Digestion is rhythmic, but never rests. The limbs have enormous range of movement, in comparison with the stillness of the head, or the alternative small excursions of heart and lungs.  See Digestion.

Sleep apnea may be related to the anatomic structures of the upper airway tissues or excess weight in the neck area. The evaluation and treatment (e.g. C-Pap machine) by sleep specialists can result in remarkable improvement in sleep, mood, and motivation for life.

People’s health pays a price with shift work that disrupts the normal night time sleep rhythms. Then the building of healthy sleeping habits (sleep hygiene) becomes more critical in order to get refreshing sleep outside the hours of darkness.

There is an insomnia from exhaustion, where one is so overtired, falling asleep is not easy.

There are times when insomnia is part of a birthing process for an idea we are working with, or an issue that needs addressing. Then, the soul and spirit won’t let the body sleep. There is often a need to write thoughts and questions, or to read what inspires us as part of giving ourselves to the solutions that are trying to be born through us.

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Treatments

Sleep hygiene measures are powerful, and apply to all types of sleep issues.  These consist of regular timing of supper and bedtime, and a rhythmic routine leading up to the hour of sleep.  See Bedtime.

The bedtime should be before midnight to get the greatest restorative quality from sleep. Supper should be light with low protein content, preferably vegetarian. This could consist of soup, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits without high sugar content. Protein, fat, salt and caffeine have wake-up qualities and should be avoided or consumed in small quantities if falling asleep is an issue.  Warm milk with a little honey and a teaspoon of turmeric is both anti-inflammatory and sleep-inducing.

A blackout curtain can help a great deal in summer nights and for sleeping after shift work. Our sleeping place should be as dark as possible, with no outside lights shining in, or a tiny nightlight for orientation if a person should get up in the night.

The mental diet before bed should be peaceful and uplifting, not grisly news or novels. If anxiety is part of insomnia, the mental diet should include prayers of protection and peace from readings in tune with the person’s values. This helps to create a bridge to the quiet of the spiritual worlds we enter with sleep.

Exercise too close to bedtime can wake a person up.

Temperature of the bedroom and bed linens can promote sleeping through the night or not. In a cold season or climate, the mattress is best insulated with a wool blanket or sheepskin, then covered with a sheet, and the person should have neck-to-toe-tips covering for nightclothes. The body gives its warmth away to the mattress as we lie on one spot.  When we roll over onto a new part of the mattress that we have not warmed, if we are sensitive, we may wake up. The insulation of both the mattress and the person sleeping guards against the small shock of hitting a cold patch and waking up. Cold feet can be warmed with a hot water bottle.

A lavender bath puts the letting-go message of lavender all over the body. See Lavender bath.

All forms of insomnia can be addressed initially with
True Botanica Cinis Radix for adults 1/8 teaspoon three times a day for the exhausted nervous system and insomnia.
Uriel Aurum Stibium Hyoscyamus for adults 10 pellets 3-4 times per day orally for anxiety and at bedtime.
Uriel Avena Valeriana for adults 10 pellets 3-4 times per day orally, or just at bedtime.
Bryophyllum Aveena liquid for adults 10 drops in 1 tsp of water 3 times per day and at bedtime.
Weleda Prunus Spinosa 2x for adults 7 drops in ½ teaspoon water 3-4 times daily to fight fatigue in preparation for sleep.
Weleda Sedative pillules for adults 15 pillules 3-4 times per day orally for anxiety, and at bedtime for sleeplessness.
Weleda Avena Sativa Comp liquid for adults 10 drops in ½ teaspoon water 3-4 times daily orally for anxiety, and 20-40 drops in ½ tablespoon of water at bedtime for sleeplessness.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:   Practitioners may direct patients to repeat the non-toxic low potency homeopathic remedy several times, every thirty minutes, if needed at bedtime. Studies such as MTHFR DNA genetic mutation testing and urine organic acid tests can clarify biochemical individual characteristics contributing to sleeplessness and agitation.

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**Cautions**

Repeated sleeplessness becomes a danger in daily activity, such as driving. Good judgment must be exercised in getting help before damage occurs.

Sometimes sleep problems are an early symptom of a more serious illness such as cancer. Therefore, they should be taken seriously.

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Resources

True Botanica www.truebotanica.com +1 800 315 TRUE (8783) (in USA)  +1 262 912 0970 (outside USA)

Uriel Pharmacy www.urielpharmacy.com +1 866 642 2858 (in USA)  +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda www.weleda.com  +1 800 241  1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info outside USA)

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