Before We Go To Melatonin – Something New – Essential Oils Therapy for Sleeplessness
Before we go to our main article on Melatonin, I want to give you something that has been comforting me for some weeks now – a new way of enhancing sleep naturally that I’ve been trying out. This is through the agency of Essential Oils.
These oils are simply very concentrated, pure oils derived from plants such as lavender. They have a huge range of uses such as alleviating anxiety (a key cause of sleeplessness), enhancing concentration, alleviating headaches – and much more.
They are generally used as aromatherapy through the use of a diffuser, which generates a cool cloud of vapor consisting of essential oils droplets and water. I won’t write more about them here – you can use the link provided if you are interested.
Essential Oils have very, very small molecules which means that they easily penetrate the skin. They also act on the brain’s limbic system to generate the feelings associated with each plant – for instance lavender tends to cause relaxation and sleepiness. Here’s some specific information:
Essential Oils for Sleep – What Science Says
There’s a great many studies showing essential oils can improve your sleep. Lavender has more research backing its sleep-enhancing activity more than any other aromatic.
One placebo-controlled study titled “An olfactory stimulus modifies nighttime sleep in young men and women” found: “Lavender increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS) in men and women. All subjects reported higher vigor the morning after lavender exposure, corroborating the restorative SWS increase.
Lavender also increased stage 2 (light) sleep, and decreased rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep and the amount of time to reach wake after first falling asleep (wake after sleep onset latency) in women…”
Another study published this year titled “Effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality and anxiety of patients” found a statistically-significant improvement in quality of sleep in patients in coronary ICU’s.
This was an important finding, as these patients cannot easily withstand the bombardment of pharmaceutical sedatives for sleep, but they do need sleep. The gentle scent of Lavender can result in deeper, more restful sleep without any known side effects.
The above section on what science says was adapted from anandaapothecary.com. We thank them for the information.
Ten Reasons You Can’t Sleep and How Melatonin Can Help
If you’re not receiving a sufficient amount of sleep nightly, you may need sleep medication and could be headed for some serious health problems. There are over eighty-five identified sleep disorders, so if you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, you could be suffering from one of them.
On this site, I will be showing you a variety of excellent natural sleep remedies such as Melatrol which contain the natural substance Melatonin. You can read a review of Melatrol here.
So what is Melatonin? Melatonin is a key theme of this site, because, as you will see, it is a natural substance made in the human body and as such it is considered to be safe for adults, children and even pets. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in your head and is nature’s natural sleep-maker; it is also a key substance in repairing the damage your body experiences in day to day live, while you sleep.
Why Can’t I Sleep?
Doctor’s often recommend lifestyle changes before deciding to offer medicinal help. The number one non-medical cause of sleeplessness is stress. If you live a normally stressful life and there is no way around it, then you must counteract it with something as simple as exercise or meditation.
Many people work on their computers or play games right up until it is time for bed. Their bodies are ready to go to sleep, but their brain is still on overdrive, because the blue light they have been exposed to lowers melatonin production. If you try changing some or all of these scenarios in your life and you are still not sleeping, your body may letting you know that other health problems are to blame and you need to get help to finally relax and get some much needed dream time.
Pinpointing Your Sleep Disorder
If your medical professional is unsure of the exact cause of your sleeplessness, he or she may recommend a visit to a sleep clinic if he/she cannot recommend a sleep medication. In that case, you would be hooked up to some wires that will allow the medical personnel observe your sleep patterns. Many health issues can be discovered in this type of setting. Narrowing down a physical problem will make a treatment plan easier to follow and possibly lead to a cure.
If the results rendered lead to the use of medications or supplements to help your good sleep habits return, the doctor may have a plethora of options from which you can choose. You may be faced with a lot of information at one time which may or may not include, side-effects, cost, and other health-related issues that can crop up due to the medications or supplements. Be prepared to spend some time studying to find the perfect fit for you.
What is Melatonin? – Nature’s Sleep Maker!
One of the most used natural supplements for insomnia is Melatonin. A Melatonin Sleep Aid consists of a natural hormone mixed with some other ingredients which will help control your sleep-wake cycle. You always need to check the ingredients on the product label to male sure that the other ingredients are all natural – as they are in Melatrol.
This type of treatment should not be used for extended periods, but used properly, it should also aid you in re-establishing a good sleep pattern and has been known to offer a better quality night’s sleep as well. It allows you to fall asleep peacefully without that groggy feeling when you wake in the morning.
Over the Counter Sleeping Pills
If you are still having trouble sleeping at night, another option is to head down to the local drug store and find a stronger remedy. Over the counter sleeping pills may possibly help you sleep without a prescription.
Sleep aids that you buy over the counter, like supplements, are not a cure for the underlying problem – they are a temporary fix to allow you to gain some decent sleep. They do work, but relying on them every night won’t be good for you.
For one thing, since most of them contain antihistamines, your body may build up an intolerance for them. If that happens, the effectiveness will wear off and you will be no better than you were before. Even though you can easily obtain over the counter sleep medicines, you should talk with your doctor.
If you have other medications that you take regularly, you should be advised if certain sleep aids may cause a conflicting interaction. If you have glaucoma, asthma, liver or urinary diseases, you must be very careful of your choices. Sleep Meds that contain diphenhydramine or doxylamine may have side effects such as a dry mouth, dizziness and memory loss.
There is also that “hangover effect”, where you walk around in a haze for most of the following day because the effects haven’t worn off. Is that any better than how you feel after too little sleep? Weigh the evidence before jumping into bed with one of those meds.
Valerian is another over the counter supplement that helps with sleep. Although this is a perfectly natural product, you do need to watch the dosage as too much but may cause abdominal pain, dizziness, excitability and even heart issues. Decide for yourself if the treatment is worth the side-effects you will endure.
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