As we approach World Sleep Day 2021, I thought it would be timely to write about sleep, and how Homeopathy and natural therapies can help restore natural sleep.
It will come as no surprise that insomnia statistics are rocketing as a result of the pandemic, and that people should have as many options as possible, because the research shows that one size does not fit all. Let’s look at some recent statistics for what is known as Coronasomnia:
The conventional approach to insomnia is to recommend sleep hygiene, a series of practical tips, guidance and advice which certainly set the scene for good sleep, but research confirms that sleep hygiene alone is not enough to help people sleep.7 Some people may be recommended a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (“CBT”) but that will depend on your health authority’s resources. CBT can help change behaviour around problematic habits but this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Failing that, medication is often a last resort for persistent and chronic insomnia.
Homeopathy & Natural Therapies for sleep problems
Sleep is a great insight into health and wellbeing and is why it forms part of my standard case taking. I have a wealth of experience and expertise in treating sleep and, while reading an article on insomnia, the penny dropped: the research confirms the efficacy of Homeopathy and natural therapies for insomnia,8-11 and further research shows that there is the desire for natural alternatives for insomnia,12 and Sleepability was born!
What makes Homeopathy so effective is its simplicity. Each client and their prescription are individualised because no two people’s insomnia is the same. Your life and response to a stressor will be different from another person’s experience of the same event. Equally, your medical and that of your family is unique.
To arrive at a bespoke remedy, expert case taking identifies that unusual and perhaps unique element in your case. For example, what helps or hinder your insomnia; what worries or stresses you; perhaps you resort to drinking to help yourself wind down; or find yourself overeating and suffering with indigestion at night; perhaps you’re in pain, or experiencing side effects from your medication; maybe you drive yourself to excel or perhaps the opposite – you’ve let if all go now you’re working remotely; perhaps you’re lonely, or are better without company; or maybe vivid or repetitive dreams are keeping you from sleep. This will give you an idea of how unique everyone’s insomnia is and is why the ‘one size fits all’ will only ever have limited effectiveness. The key to the long term solution is you.
Eat to Sleep
You’ve probably heard it before but gut health but it is absolutely fundamental to your sleep, immunity and mental health. This is because the microbiome is by far the biggest producer of the sleep hormone, Melatonin.13 See my suggestions below and start from today to improve your gut health and sleep.
Sleep & Mental Health
Research has confirmed a direct, bidirectional link between sleep and mental health,14 so any steps you take to improve your sleep will improve your mental health, and vice versa. In terms of immunity, medical science is encouraged to promote sleep health for therapeutic control of chronic infectious, inflammatory and mental health disorders.15,16
Stress & Anxiety
Stress Management is another vital resource to give people practical techniques they can use to help manage their sleeplessness. The stress may be personal or work-related but regardless of cause, the stress hormones produced will prevent you from sleeping.17-21 This is where a truly holistic approach to sleeplessness is effective. Homeopathy and Nutrition can help take your body off of ‘red alert’ and break the stress hormone cycle, to help restore your sleep naturally. In my experience, no amount of sleep hygiene tips will help a person who is stressed, anxious or suffering from trauma, bereavement or shock.
My Top 5 Tips
My approach is to combine the best of sleep hygiene with Homeopathy and natural remedies but everyone will benefit from one or more of the following:
1. Healthy Gut = Healthy Sleep. From today, start taking one or more of the following:
- Homeopathy & Natural Therapies. Using my ‘root & branch’ approach, identify the cause of your insomnia with expert case taking and restore sleep using bespoke homeopathic remedies, nutrition and stress management.
- Go Outside! Sunlight helps regulate your circadian rhythm which will help you to produce Melatonin later in the day and which will promote sleep at night. Aim for 20 minutes each end of the day if you can. You may also benefit from UVB which helps to generate Vitamin D but avoid the sun when it is at its peak to prevent skin damage. For more from information on Vitamin D from a world authority, please see the work of Dr Holick
- Ditch the Tech. One of the biggest sleep myths is tech to help you sleep! The bedroom is for rest and intimacy only – not your gadgets. Electromagnetic radiation interferes with your sleep brainwaves. De-SMART your home, switch off your tech 2 hours before bedtime – and that includes your router at the plug point!
- Breathe. Breathing is the key to relaxation. It is the route to connect with your body, mind and inner self. It is the way you introduce energy, awareness and oxygen to every cell of your body and from where you begin to let go and heal. Try this simple breathing exercise wherever you are to calm yourself and, at the end of the day, prepare for sleep:
Sleepability | the roots & branch approach to treating insomnia
I treat insomnia using a unique combination of the best sleep hygiene tips, homeopathy, nutrition and natural remedies, what I call a ‘roots & branch’ approach. This holistic approach looks at potential underlying causes, perhaps untreated trauma, grief, shock which have left the body on a chronic ‘red alert’. Or maybe long term stress is the source of hormonal imbalance, which makes it difficult to switch off. And let’s not forget that women bear the brunt of insomnia given the various hormonal shifts experienced throughout their lives (puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause and menopause).
Relaxation techniques are suggested when necessary and this combination brings you a very good chance of resolving your insomnia, for the long term, without the reliance on medication. Best of all, the quality of natural sleep far exceeds sleep that is induced by medication and which is needed to access deep, restorative sleep, or REM.
With 20 years’ experience as a natural health practitioner, you can be assured that there are many remedies and techniques to choose from to help you sleep again, naturally. Over this time, I have helped many clients with their sleep problems and many other associated health conditions. And there is plenty of research to prove the efficacy of homeopathy and natural remedies for sleep, mental health and general wellness.10-15
NB: Sleepability does not advise you stop any medication. Always speak to your
medical adviser before changing/stopping your medication.
To learn more about how Sleepability can help you, book a free 20 minute SleepTalk here
1 Falkingham, J et al, 2020: ‘Women with young children, key workers and BAME groups losing sleep during coronavirus pandemic’ – article
2 Machemer, T, 2020: ‘Insomnia and vivid dreams on the rise with Covid-19 anxiety’; Smithsonian Magazine – paper
3 de Sousa Martins E Silva, E et al, 2020: ‘Sleep and immunity in times of Covid-19’ – paper
4 Maas, Matthew B, et al, 2020: ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Risk of COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization and Respiratory Failure’ – paper
5 Hamblin, J, 2020: ‘The Mysterious link between Covid-19 and Sleep’; The Atlantic – article
6 Haridy, R, 2021: ‘COVID-19 severity linked to gut bacteria in first-of-its-kind study’; New Atlas.com – article
7 Irish et al, 2014: “The role of sleep hygiene in promoting public health: A review of empirical evidence”. paper
8 Naude et al, 2010: “Chronic primary insomnia: efficacy of homeopathic simillimum” – paper
9 Michael et al, 2019: “Efficacy of individualised homeopathic treatment of insomnia: double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial” – paper
10 Wei, M, Harvard Health Publishing, 2015: “Yoga for Better Sleep” – paper
11 Lillehei, A & Halcon, L, 2014: “A systematic review of the effect of inhaled essential oils on sleep” – paper
12 Mintel 2017: “The Wide Awake Club: half of Brits struggle to sleep’ – research
13 Li et al, 2018: – ‘The role of the microbiome in insomnia, circadian disturbance and insomnia – paper
14 Abbot, J, 2016: ‘What’s the link between insomnia and mental illness?’ – The Conversation – article
15 Irwin, 2015: ‘Why sleep is important for health: a physchoneuroimmunology perspective’ – paper
16 Irwin & Opp, 2017: ‘Sleep Health: reciprocal regulation of sleep and innate immunity’ – paper
17 Kalmbach et al, 2018: “The impact of stress on sleep: Pathogenic sleep reactivity as a vulnerability to insomnia and circadian disorders” – paper
18 Medrano-Martinez & Ramos-Platon, 2016: “Cognitive and emotional alterations in chronic insomnia” – paper
19 CIPD, 2020: “Quarter of employees believe bullying and harassment are overlooked” – article
20 Linton, S, 2004: “Does work stress predict insomnia? A prospective study” – paper
21 Utsugi, M et al, 2005: “Relationships of Occupational Stress to Insomnia and Short Sleep in Japanese Workers” – paper