Sleep is very important to our health. It is a time of healing. We need to shut down, and allow our body, mind, spirit, and soul to rest and to rejuvenate.
I Can’t Sleep
We hear of many people having sleeping difficulties. Many different aids are used to help with sleep, and some are very helpful – positive thinking, hypnotherapy, a hot bath, a quiet/dark/cool room, sex, a feeling of intimacy, herbal treatments, vitamin supplements, talking to someone, and doing physical work or exercise during the day. Some people may take over the counter medications and/or prescription medications.
In my homeopathic practice, people often come for a particular reason, a particular health concern. As they are talking about what bothers them, they sometimes mention that they don’t sleep well. This is a piece of the puzzle, of the whole. Some of what they mention:
- difficulty falling asleep
- falling asleep but then waking at a certain time and not able to go back to sleep
- waking too early in the morning
- not able to quiet their minds
- having bad dreams
- waking often
- overstimulated and overexcited
- experiencing pain
- sensitivity to the environment – noise, light, room temperature, clothing
- internal temperature fluctuation – hot flashes
These five people came for homeopathic care, part of what bothered them was difficulty sleeping.
- One woman often has difficulty sleeping. She experiences this during stressful times and in various ways. One way is not being able to fall asleep at the start of the night. She feels tension and heaviness in her body. It is as if, she says, I am not allowing myself to relax and sleep. This feeling gets worse as the night goes on. Other times, she falls asleep easily but wakes and is not able to fall back to sleep for awhile. She says, her mind goes and goes, filled with thoughts of what happened during the day. Sometimes she feels very angry.
- A boy has difficulty falling asleep. He may not get to sleep until 12 – 1 pm at night. Once he is asleep, he sleeps through the night, and it is difficult to wake him in the morning. He feels quite tired during the day. He is concerned about how others perceive him. Did he give the right answer in class? What will others think of him if he does give the wrong answer?
- A teenager is a very light sleeper. He needs to have the room quiet and peaceful, with no disturbances. Snoring bothers him a lot. He prefers to sleep at home, where he knows it will be quiet and he won’t be disturbed. Being home and with his family is very important to him. It is difficult for him when he goes on trips, and is away from home.
- A woman wakes often during the night. It is as if, she says, I am just taking naps during the night. She also is starting to experience night sweats, and her menstrual cycle is changing.
- A young woman cannot fall asleep. This happens especially around exam time at the end of a school semester, or when there is something stressful going on in her life. She says too, that she thought she could nap the next day, but is unable to. Her mind keeps going; she is consistently analyzing her feelings and thoughts. Which path should I take? What should I do?
You can see that each person was different. It is always finding out about the person and how they experience what bothers them. Each of these five people needed a different homeopathic remedy; one that fit them. As they healed, what brought the person in for homeopathic care was better, and their sleeping improved. Everything is all connected.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to our health and to our well being. Having a bad night’s sleep occasionally happens. When we start having consistently bad nights, then we want help. As I wrote above, there are a lot of aids people use to help with sleeping. I invite you to see how homeopathy can be of help to you.
I would be happy to talk with you about your health concerns and how homeopathy can be of help. You can contact me here on my blog or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.