Insomnia, defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep is experienced by more quarter of adult population in America. It is a horrible experience when whole world around you is sleeping and you are desperately trying to fall asleep. The impact of insomnia is so intense, we often end up taking the over the counter medication. We like quick fix, isn’t it? But, did you know how dangerous some of these medications are?
The study conducted by Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A) against famous over the counter sleeping pills has produced shocking results. The patients have complained about serious side effects like
- Episodes to hallucinations.
- Violent outbursts.
- Driving while asleep!!!
Night eaters woke up to find missing food, snickers wrappers in their beds, even lighted stoves. Sleep-drivers remembered going to bed and end up arrested at roadside in their nightclothes. Research is going on to confirm if the chemicals used in sleeping pills can produce cancer. Rats The Lost Book of Herbal and mice developed cancer when treated with excess dose of synthetic sleeping pills.
What is the option?
Ayurveda (Sanskrit word) – the science of life, prevention and longevity, is the oldest and most holistic and comprehensive medical system available. Ayurveda and Yoga have originated from same Hindu scriptures called the Vedas – the ancient Indian books of wisdom written over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind, and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.
Ayurveda has proposed use of several herbs for curing Insomnia.
Contains steroidal lactones, anaferine, and heterogeneous alkaloids. These active constituents reduce the production of cortisol which in high amounts (during times of stress) causes sleep deprivation. Ashwagandha’s restorative action to the nervous system counteracts tension and high blood pressure – promoting a calm state of mind. This brings the body back to equilibrium by energizing and relaxing it when it is strained and fatigued. Ashwagandha helps the body deal with debilitating conditions through restorative sleep, rather than mask it with a sedative.