The Nature Doctor
It is certainly annoying when you cannot get to sleep in spite of being tired. But it is even worse to lie awake for hours because the tensions of the day simply do not leave you and are transformed into problems of insurmountable.
Unpleasant daytime experiences prevent sleep and create a state of depression and the ‘wheels’ which are supposed to stand still during the night turn faster and faster. The restless individual tosses from side to side and finally, because he knows no other way out of his predicament, he reaches for a sleeping pill.
This, of course, is the worst thing he could do, because in no time at all, if he continues using such help, he will find he cannot do without it. He tends to forget that drugs destroy the body’s ability to react and respond in a natural way and that their continued use has a destructive effect that can be far-reaching.
It is far more sensible to isolate the cause of the problem that keeps you awake. Then, by resolving it, you will eventually restore your natural ability to fall asleep and rest.
If you suffer from insomnia, therefore, it will be necessary to discover and eliminate its cause. You may have been drinking strong coffee for years and should replace it by a cereal coffee such as Bambu.
Should you find it difficult to give up your favourite drink, wean yourself away by mixing both kinds of coffee, gradually reducing the proportion of real coffee as your palate becomes accustomed to the new taste. In the end you will be taking a harmless drink that will permit you to rest throughout the night undisturbed.
A good drink to have before you go to bed is lemon balm tea, the relaxing effect of which may be increased by adding hops. The remedy indicated for sleeplessness is Avena sativa (oats).
If your insomnia is particularly severe, a combination of Valerian and Hops often does the job of getting your sleep rhythm back into order.