Tick tock, tick tock... The clock tickling sound breaks silence in the dark while you lie on the bed. You have finished counting all sheeps, cows, dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. But still, you cannot sleep. And soon, the morning sun comes up for a new day.
Insomnia is a terrifying health problem. Some even feel scared when night time approaches.
Without good sleep, there's no energy to work in day time. And long term deprivation of good sleep causes all sorts of sicknesses including Alzheimer's disease.
So how most people solve their insomnia problem? Easy. They simply take sleeping pill at night. But soon, they may discover they need higher dosage over the time.
How sleeping pill lets you sleep? What's the side effect? And why it's much wiser to choose herbs for insomnia rather than sleeping pill?
When you sleep, your brain waves alternate between fast (high frequency) and slow (low frequency) waves. During slow wave stage, your body rebuilds vitality and energy. And during fast wave stage, your mind rests and rebuilds mental energy. You dream at this stage.
But when you have too much worry to think of, you brain stays at fast wave stage all night. The brain cannot enter into slow wave stage and you cannot sleep.
After taking sleeping pill, your fast brain wave gets blocked. This stops you from thinking about anything bothering and stressful. Sleeping pill makes your brain stays in slow wave stage all night long. This seems to let you sleep but it doesn't cure your insomnia.
When you wake up, your body regains its physical energy. But your brain didn't rest at all. So, you'll feel that you cannot concentrate on work and you're not alert as before. After prolong usage of sleeping pill, you may experience poor memory.
For severe case, some insomnia patient becomes crazy and even commits suicide.
To really cure sleeping problem, we must determine its actual cause before prescribing the suitable herbs for insomnia. This is the better way to improve insomnia naturally for long term.
Conventional medical theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM states the causes and herbs for insomnia as follow.
In TCM, excessive heat especially in heart, liver and kidney causes insomnia. To reduce body heat, you can take Dainty spurs (Rhinacanthus nasutus) and Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum).
Another type of insomnia is caused by weakening of kidney energy. To effectively enhance kidney energy, you can take Cordyceps Sinensis as herbs for insomnia.
Some woman experiences insomnia during menopause. At this stage, the reduced estrogen and progesterone female hormones causes hormone imbalance that leads to sleeping problems.
To improve insomnia associated with menopause, Royal Jelly is one of the best supplements you can take. It contains high amount of natural hormones that balance your body hormones.
Soy Isoflavones are another good alternative. As a type of phytoestrogen, soy isoflavones have similar function as female hormones. Therefore, it can improve insomnia caused by menopause.
Ganoderma Lucidum as herbs for insomnia can regulate imbalance and weak nervous system. Therefore, it helps to improve insomnia caused by weak nervous system.
Human master control for sleeping rhythm is the brain's pineal gland. It secretes melatonin hormone that put us to sleep.
Due to various factors such as stress and unhealthy diet, the melatonin level becomes lower. And this causes insomnia and poor immune system.
However, researches showed that a natural substance called polysaccharides can naturally strengthen pineal gland function. When its function is normal, melatonin hormone can be normally excreted. Consequently, insomnia can be improved.
What natural herb contains a lot of polysaccharides? Yes, it's the Ganoderma Lucidum herb. This fungus strengthens pineal gland function, balances melatonin level and improves insomnia naturally without any side effects of sleeping pill.
However, you must also control your emotional stress since it directly affects your sleeping condition.
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