When was the last time you felt rested?
“Nobody gets enough sleep these days,” you reply with a shrug, as if we should expect anything else. A “good night’s sleep” just isn’t a priority anymore.
The fast-paced pressures of life and constant online connectivity force many of us to skip out on an essential part of our day—sleep. However, burning the candle at both ends isn’t something your body can just shrug off. In fact, sleep deprivation produces cumulative, long-term negative affects on your metabolism, mood and even heart health.
Insomnia is extremely frustrating and debilitating, and it affects every aspect of life.
These are the most common factors which can lead to insomnia:
- Neurological Conditions
- Endocrine Problems (Thyroid Disorders)
- Chronic Pain
- Nasal / Sinus Allergies
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Lower Back Pain
Insomnia may also be caused by certain substances and activities, like alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, or eating heavily, especially spicy foods, before going to sleep. Chronic insomnia affects the quality of life and can raise the risk of depression and high blood pressure.
These are the most common symptoms of insomnia:
- Poor Memory
- Increased fatigue during daylight
- Mood Swings
- Increased accidents
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Low motivation or energy
In the case of insomnia, people are usually prescribed to take sleeping pills, or “sedative hypnotics,” including benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various other hypnotic drugs. Benzodiazepines are usually used to treat anxiety, but lead to sleeping difficulties, and drowsiness.
These include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium. Barbiturates act by depressing the central nervous system and leads to sedation. Sleep-inducing drugs easily promote sleep and increase drowsiness, such as Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien.
Yet, these drugs cause numerous side-effects. These are the most common adverse effects of the use of sleeping pills like Sonata, halcyon, Lunesta, Ambien, and Rozerem:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Burning or tingling in the legs, feet, or hands
- Uncontrollable shaking of the body
- Attention or memory issues
- Difficulty keeping balance
- Changes in appetite
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth or throat
Use Nutmeg To Treat Insomnia
Nutmeg is an incredibly effective remedy in the case of sleeping disorders. This spice has countless health benefits, as it detoxes the body, helps digestion, soothes pain, boosts the immune system, boosts skin health, and improves blood circulation. Moreover, it has mild sedative properties which are extremely helpful in the case of insomnia.
You should grind the dried nutmeg, and add 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg to a glass of warm water. Consume this remedy 4-5 hours before going to sleep.
Make sure you consume it moderately, as it can act as a toxin in excessive amounts. If you experience hallucinations, you should contact poison control.
The following video will provide the needed instructions to prepare a natural nutmeg tea which can be of great help in the treatment of insomnia: