Sleepless nights lead not only to lethargy during the next day. They cause the following disorders, some of which can be potentially dangerous:
- decreased brain function;
- slower reactions;
- weakening of the immune system, leading to premature aging of cells and increased susceptibility to infectious agents (chronic lack of sleep leads to disorders of this level);
- systematic lack of sleep is the cause of cardiovascular disorders, including arterial hypertension, acute violations of cerebral circulation, myocardial infarction;
- metabolic disorders, leading to hormonal malfunctions and the formation of excess weight;
- muscle and joint pains;
- disorders of the digestive tract;
- emotional disorders in the form of apathy and depression.
What prevents sleep?
Speaking about the fight against insomnia, it is impossible not to mention the factors that provoke it:
- Too high or too low temperature in the room.
- Noise and extraneous sounds.
- Uncomfortable sleeping position.
- Stressful situations.
- Excess of vivid impressions - both positive and negative.
- Excessive information received during the day.
- Improper dietary habits.
- Unstable regime of the day, which can arise from shift work.
If possible, eliminating or at least limiting the factors that interfere with sleep can make it easier to fall asleep and reduce the risk of the negative effects of insomnia.
How to fight insomnia?
Sleep is very important for human health. Therefore, the fight against insomnia has a very important role.
Among the folk methods are widely known remedies based on extracts of medicinal plants. The roots and leaves of herbs make infusions, teas and decoctions. These remedies relieve spasms and excitement of the nervous system.
Valerian, motherwort, melissa, mint, hawthorn, peony, and hops are used to fight insomnia.
They can be used both independently and together, because they combine well with each other.
Caution should be exercised when applying herbal sedatives to people with hypotension, because such therapy lowers blood pressure.
Before resorting to any special means to combat insomnia, you should create the most comfortable conditions for falling asleep. The following recommendations will help:
- Avoid heavy meals before going to bed. However, dinner should not be neglected. It should be no later than two to three hours before going to bed.
- Limit physical and mental activity a few hours before going to bed.
- Avoidance of negative emotions, mental and physical overexertion. These phenomena increase the level of anxiety, which interferes with sleep.
- Mode of the day. The body should get used to going to bed at the same time.
Most medications used for insomnia are prescribed by doctors. These drugs are dispensed by prescription; this restriction is due to the presence of a number of side effects of this group of drugs.
Insomnia is a serious disorder, the fight against which requires a systematic approach. If normalization of a daily routine and exclusion of stressful influences do not give the expected result, herbal remedies and (or) pharmacological preparations are used.
But in any case do not self-medicate. It is necessary to consult with your doctor.