Looking For a Cure
Most of us have suffered from insomnia at some time in our lives. It is always inconvenient but for chronic sufferers it can be devastating. Conventional advice dictates that you take some simple steps to alleviate your insomnia. Avoid stimulants like caffeine, take exercise during the day, eliminate light from the bedroom, establish a routine and wind down before you try to sleep. This is all good advice but what if it doesn’t work and you don’t want to resort to sleeping pills? Here are some alternative theories on how to induce sleep.
This hormone is made naturally in the body by the pineal gland. The body is stimulated by darkness to produce melatonin which makes us feel drowsy. The over the counter synthetic variety can help some people to sleep.
The roots of this flowering plant have been used since Roman times as a sedative. Several studies have been made into its efficacy as a cure for insomnia with mixed results but no noticeable side effects.
This ancient Chinese practice has been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments including insomnia. The treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific pressure points. These pressure points stimulate the body to correct imbalances and heal itself. Insomnia is assisted by acupuncture via the relief of stress. Stress and anxiety are known to cause insomnia.
Sea Slug Entrails
Yep really! This is a Japanese folk remedy that you may want to try out if you are ever in Japan. Cured entrails are apparently also a delicacy, yuck!
Castrated Boar Gall
Probably a bit tricky to get hold of but boar gall was the basis of a medieval concoction with sleep inducing properties, in fact it was used as an anaesthetic for surgery. Must work then!
Put an Amethyst under Your Pillow
Another medieval cure! Amethysts were associated with relaxation and happy dreams as it was believed that they blocked negative energy and stress. If you put one under your pillow it would promote a good night’s sleep. I am not so sure but try it!
Put a Weight on Your body
Some say that putting a weight on your body makes you sleepy as it encourages the release of serotonin a hormone that decreases stress and promotes feelings of happiness. Perhaps you should use a large piece of amethyst and kill two birds with one stone. Pardon the pun!
Sleep in a Hammock
A hammock moulds to the body’s contours and spreads weight evenly therefore creating no pressure points. In short they are comfortable! Studies have shown that the rocking motion of a hammock makes people fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply.
I like this one! Apparently sexual pleasure releases endorphins which are neurotransmitters that cause analgesia (pain relief) and happiness. There is also the tiring effect of the exercise of course. Perhaps it would be a good idea to purchase a two person hammock!
There you are then problem solved! Eat some sea slug entrails, have sex in a hammock and weigh yourself down with amethyst and you are sure to get a good night’s sleep.
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