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Sleep problems have many causes

Sleep problems have many causes

Insomnia is the inability to sleep adequately and soundly and is a sign of an underlying imbalance, both in children and adults.  We live in a society that prides itself on being overworked, over-stimulated, overscheduled and fast paced.  The consequence of this lifestyle climate is sleep deprivation for adults and children. Sleep is the body’s way of healing and maintaining health on all levels. When adults and children are deprived of adequate amounts of sleep it will affect all aspects of their health and life from poor memory and concentration, low immunity, irritability, inability to cope emotionally and enjoy life, and for children and teenagers especially, being able to grow and develop in a healthy and enjoyable way.

Things that can help ensure proper sleep are: reducing the amount of stimulation in food and drink; create a bedroom conducive to sleep that is quiet, dark and free from screens and devices; get regular exercise and fresh air; do relaxing activities for 1- 2 hours before bed and unplug from devices at least two hours before bed, and create a rhythmic, slow paced bedtime ritual for you and your children.

When children and adults eat late and go to bed late this reverses the liver’s rhythmic storing activity, creating a “second wind”. When young children eat dinner before 6pm and go to bed by 6:30-8pm then this “second wind” will not occur; the same applies to adults. Eating early and going to bed by 9-10pm each night, the liver’s rhythms will not be interrupted resulting in a deeper, longer, more restful sleep and waking refreshed.

Homeopathy is an effective way of treating sleep disorders in adults and children. Homeopathic treatment is individualized, so it can address the many forms of insomnia, and the underlying conditions. Symptoms such as an over active mind, physical restlessness and discomfort, waking too early or frequently, inability to fall asleep, anxieties and fears especially in children, teething and colicky babies can be addressed through homeopathic treatment.  Homeopathic remedies are natural and free of side effects, so they are especially safe for young infants, the elderly and pregnant women

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