When sleep becomes elusive, it’s tempting to reach for over-the-counter sleeping aids or to turn to your doctor for a prescribed medication. You may even consider a glass of wine or a cocktail to help you relax and fall asleep.
But a good night’s sleep isn’t necessarily best accomplished with the use of medications or alcohol. Often, the best sleep remedies are those that are homeopathic and that work to gently coax your body into sleep naturally.
A homeopathic remedy is one that works to stimulate your body’s natural reaction to an illness or condition rather than suppress the reaction. Homeopathic remedies are made with tiny amounts of natural ingredients that are thought to cause effects that resemble the symptoms that you are trying to alleviate. This stimulates your body to overcome that symptom.
This may seem quite contrary to how you should treat an illness or a physical problem, yet homeopathy has been used successfully since the 1700s. It is viewed as a completely safe form of alternative medicine in most cases.
Inducing Sleep with Homeopathic Remedies
Different homeopathic remedies for sleep can be used depending upon your specific symptoms of insomnia or sleeplessness–as in feeling too tired to sleep or being emotionally upset–rather than an overall complaint, such as “I can’t sleep.”
The way to find the best homeopathic sleep remedy is to take stock of your symptoms of sleeplessness and then consult with a health care provider who is well versed in homeopathy or with your local natural health store.
Examples of homeopathic sleep remedies include coffee cruda for mental excitement and nervousness that prevents sleep; nux vomica if you have over indulged in stimulants, food or drink or have experienced either mental or physical overexertion; and sulphur if you experience a sensation of itching and heat in the bed that keeps you from falling asleep. Additional sleep remedies are aresenicum album for instances when you feel that you have not tended to all the details of the day, or that something is out of place; and zincum metallicum for too much mental activity from overwork.
Once you select the homeopathic sleep remedy that best matches your symptoms, follow dosage instructions carefully. It is always best to start with the lowest recommended potency.
To induce sleep with your homeopathic remedy, take one dose at bedtime and wait for a positive response, which would be a feeling of sleepiness and eventually falling asleep. If you feel no response or the response stalls, take another dose. It is possible to take several doses in the span of one or two hours, but if you do not become sleepy and fall asleep, you will want to explore a different homeopathic remedy for sleep.