Cure for Insomnia

We live in a world obsessed with quick-fix solutions to our problems. So when trying to get rid of those frustrating sleepless nights and find a cure for insomnia, most of us only look for quick-fix solutions. The first that is considered the easiest and fastest is prescription medication. Inevitably the sleeping pill has become the number one choice for the majority of insomniacs. They simply think they don’t have the time or resources to try other cures available for this condition. Well, the best cure for insomnia does not have to involve any kind of chemicals and is not that difficult to follow or out of reach.

In only one year, the pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars in sales. They spend millions a year on their advertising campaigns that most often blind us from the truth and from seeing other solutions that are available to us and that don’t cost so much. I’m not saying sleeping medications are bad or that they are not a cure for insomnia. I’m just saying we’re a little too quick to rely on medication, thinking we don’t have to do the work of changing our lifestyle.

Sleeping pills can break down your body’s natural sleep cycle and make sleep very difficult in the long term. They may also affect the amount of deep sleep you get during the night, because they interfere with the normal brain wave patterns. Not to mention ugly side effects such as urinary retention, dizziness, blurred vision, or palpitations.

I don’t want to scare you – I’ve used medication myself and consider it a wonderful tool. But it’s just that – a tool. It doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility of finding the root causes and solving the core problem.

The cure for insomnia should not always involve medication. There are various natural solutions available, from relaxation techniques (for example, yoga, massage, breathing exercises, etc.) and herbal remedies (valerian, chamomile, passion flower, jasmine, or thyme), to acupuncture and changing an unhealthy lifestyle to a more balanced one. These are healthier alternatives that you should try before resorting to chemicals; and they are more efficient if you’re looking for long-term effects. And – it’s totally fine to do both! Use the chemicals for a short period of time while you’re exploring other avenues.