Waking up in the middle of the night? Struggling to get to sleep? Sound familiar? If so, you may be suffering from insomnia.
Sadly, insomnia is more common than you may think. Over half or adult Australians currently suffer from at least one chronic sleep symptom that affects their livelihoods.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder that makes it difficult for the sufferer to stay asleep, fall asleep, waking up too early and the inability to get back to sleep. Suffers from insomnia will feel exhausted throughout the day and has detrimental effects on the person’s health, work performance, mood and quality of life.
The sleep required to feel well rested and energised varies from person to person, however, most adults require seven to eight hours a night.
Many adults will experience short-term (acute) insomnia at some point in their life, which may last for days or even weeks. Usually this is resulted from a stressful period of their life or a traumatic event. However, some people may have long-term (chronic insomnia) that lasts for months or even more.
You don’t have to put up with sleepless nights, there are natural and simple changes that can improve your sleep quality.
Natural Treatments Available
Meditation is a practice which consists of steady and slow breathing while resting quietly. By meditating you can observe your body, thoughts, feelings, breath and sensations as they rise and pass. Meditation allows a person to train awareness and attention and will help them achieve an emotionally clam and stable state.
In a 2011 study, researchers found that people using meditation were able to significantly improve insomnia and overall sleep patterns. These participants in this study attended a daylong retreat, a weekly meditation class and practiced at home over the course of months.
Exercise has proven to boost overall health, enhance mood, aid in weight loss, promote better sleep and give you more energy.
A study in 2015 found that participants that exercised for at least 150 minutes per week for six months experienced significantly fewer symptoms of insomnia. These participants also experienced a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.iv
Lavender has been proved to reduce pain, promote sleep and improve mood. Oral consumption has also been proven to be more effective.
In a 2014 study, it was found that participants consuming lavender oil capsules found improvements in their sleep when taken with an antidepressant. Participants also displayed lower levels of anxiety which allowed for better quality of sleep.
Cannabis has a reputation for making you feeling sleepy, which is why it is a potential natural alternative for insomniac patients.
The THC cannabinoid found in cannabis is responsible for inducing sleepv which is beneficial to insomniac patients. Medicinal marijuana cannabis is available as an alternative treatment option in Australia and can be prescribed where appropriate under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Another study showed that ingesting cannabis can lead to a reduction of the amount of REM sleep you will experience which in turn reduces dreams. For those with PTSD this could potentially lead to a reduction in night terrors.vi
If you think you may be suffering from insomnia or its symptoms, please speak with your doctor and seek support.
CanView does not endorse the use of Medicinal Cannabis without lawful prescription. Just like any Medicine, Medicinal Cannabis may have both positive and negative side effects on the user, and should only be prescribed to patients by a Health Professional with the authority and expertise to do so. The information provided by CanView is for informational and educational purposes, and is of a general nature. If you are interested in accessing Medicinal Cannabis please talk to your doctor and request a referral to a Medicinal Cannabis clinic.