The digital stimulation we experience is overwhelming, and the past few years have been especially so. There was a substantial increase of an online presence starting in 2020. Virtual meetings and classes took over, near constant attention to news updates became necessary, and online social media became the primary means for community. Many of us are always digitally connected, and therefore stimulated by artificial lighting that’s known to alter sleep. It’s no wonder why nearly 60 million Americans experience insomnia and other sleep-related problems daily.
These numbers show that you’re not alone if you are suffering from insomnia or the inability to get a good night’s rest.
Many people turn to over-the-counter sleeping aids and even stronger prescription medication without first considering a more natural alternative. One thing to keep in mind when purchasing these medications is that they may contain antihistamines. Unfortunately, among other adverse reactions to antihistamines, our bodies are able to develop a tolerance to the consequent sedative effects quite quickly. Some of these OTC medications include Benadryl, Aleve PM (Diphenhydramine), and Unisom (Doxylamine succinate).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a centuries-old practice that has proven to be a safe, natural, and effective treatment for insomnia.
Consider herbs for insomnia relief. Chinese herbs are a wonderful alternative to depending on sleeping pills. The following herbs can help with insomnia and increase your quality of sleep. Many of these herbs are even in your local grocery store. Better yet, you can get them from your TCM practitioner!
Chamomile tea is a great choice for anyone before bedtime. This gentle herb has calming effects that is shown in numerous studies to promote relaxation. Chamomile has a light flavor making it easy to combine with other nighttime herbs.
Schisandra tea is in most health stores and is promotes lung and kidney function. It can also improve liver function by stimulating enzymes in the liver to promote cell growth. Because of this, it is a great tea to help insomnia and fatigue.
Chrysanthemum tea is very popular in East and Southeast Asia, and has been for centuries. This tea is loved for both for its flavor and medicinal effects. Chrysanthemum tea helps to cleanse the liver. When the liver is not working properly, it can cause insomnia, irritability, and dizziness. This tea is often combined with honeysuckle and monk fruit.
Valerian is often combined with hops and lemon balm and can be a very effective treatment for insomnia; however more research is needed as it has shown to interact with some medications.
Our brains produce the hormone melatonin as a response to darkness. It plays a large part in managing the circadian rhythms or the “sleep-wake” cycle. Melatonin supplements may help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of sleep.
Ginseng tea is has several health benefits. Most common is to help with fatigue, dry mouth, and shortness of breath. Although ginseng has stimulating properties, it can also help with stress. The root works by normalizing your body’s stress levels. When taken during the day, studies have shown that it can help increase the quality of sleep at night.
A TCM Prescription:
There are a variety of reasons why a full in-person diagnostic evaluation to address your health concerns is important. One of the benefits to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the adaptability of therapies including herbal prescriptions. Herbal remedies are often prescribed based on the individual’s patterns of disharmony. Herbs are medicinal and some may carry unwanted side-effects. Please be proactive in your health and always seek professional advice when adding any kind of supplements to your daily routine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with insomnia, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment. Traditional medicines offer a plethora of safe, natural, and effective therapies to address the root cause of your sleepless nights.