Thomas Dekker had said, sleep is the golden chain that ties good health and our bodies together. Sleep is the time when an individualÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mind and body get much-needed rest. Insomnia refers to the persistent difficulty in falling or staying asleep despite the opportunity. It is a symptom and not a disease. An estimated 30-50% of the general population is affected by insomnia; with the incidence of women being affected 1.4 times more as compared to men. Rather than the problem, people seek medical help when problems like poor concentration and focus, daytime sleepiness, and memory affections start coming up. Till then, they keep trying to treat themselves with over-the-counter pills, little aware that these medicines are worse than the disease itself. One study alone that surveyed over 2,000,000 people, found that the chronic use of sleeping pills isas deadly as cigarette smoking. They give rise to side effects like grogginess, impaired memory, poor sense of judgement, and altered consciousness and intellect. Homoeopathy, on the other hand, is safe and gentle without side effects.
29-year-old Shubham had come to us with insomnia, after trying everything. He was on the verge of quitting his job, as he was unable to cope with his insomnia and sleepiness in the daytime, which was affecting his performance. On the basis of his history, fear of failure and image consciousness, Silicea 200 was prescribed. Today, when he comes to the clinic, he is very cheerful and has also been promoted!
Insomniacs should take a few precautions such as avoiding large meals and drinks before bedtime and coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco in the evenings. They should refrain from watching TV, reading or eating in the bedroom. Daytime napping should be avoided. Breathing exercises and yoga might be helpful to cope with stress. A doctor must be consulted if it lasts for more than three to four weeks or sooner if interferes with the normal functions of the body.
The homeopathic remedy Kali phos 6X, 2 tablets, half an hour before bedtime, can help to relax the mind and induce sleep. Alternatively, 8-10 drops of Passiflora mother tincture, another homeopathic remedy, can be taken in half a cup of water, half an hour before bedtime.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 09 June 2009