Seeking Natural Cures For Insomnia

August 12, 2010

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Hi all, it’s Barnaby checking back in. When I last posted on CantSleep.com the other day I was about to have my sleep apnea test. My doctor just called and advised me that I do not have sleep apnea. I can’t help but feel relieved, but at the same time I am disappointed that a definitive reason for my insomnia can not be ascertained. For now, I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of doctors and so-called experts, and I’m going to try to find a solution for my sleep issues which doesn’t involve pills. If you remember, I’ve previously described on here my unpleasant experiences with over the counter sleep aids. I tried various types of over the counter sleep pills, and they left me with horrible nightmares and insatiable thirst. I’m also quite nervous about becoming addicted to sleeping pills.

Last night my wife had me call her friend Joanne who is really into alternative medicine. Joanne told me that there are several possible natural cures for insomnia, and that she personally has seen them used with success. She gave me a list of possible natural cures of insomnia, and I’m now researching them trying to decide which is best for me. I first ruled out Melatonin. Although it seems that many people are able to use Melatonin successfully, I read that it can cause nightmares — something which I have already shown a tendency towards when I tried over the counter sleep aids. Also out is Kava. Although I see it discussed online, Joanne told me to stay away from it — Kava is now thought to potentially cause liver damage.

The next possibility is Valerian. This seems interesting. It seems that Valerian is a really popular natural cure for insomnia in Europe, and it has been used to treat insomnia for hundreds of years. Joanne insisted that Valerian is not tied to nightmares, and most importantly it is not addictive. The downside is that she said that you have to take Valerian for two to three weeks before it becomes effective. I don’t know if I can make it another 3 weeks like this sleeping only a few hours a night — if that. Joanne also suggested Yoga and Feng Shui — but I really am not the Eastern mystic type. I guess Yoga can’t hurt, but Feng Shui just strikes me as silly.

I think Valerian is on the top of my list to try as a natural cure for insomnia. Has anyone out there had success with any other possible natural cures? I’d really love to hear if you have.

Pinning my hopes on Valerian,

Barnaby

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Josh September 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

I Used this stuff called Akoma it worked suprisingly well actually, its a bit expensive but worth it for sure.

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Justin October 4, 2010 at 2:15 am

I mentioned it in a different post but if you are looking for a natural alternative definitely try marijuana. It may seem unsafe but in the comfort of your own home I can assure you that it is not. I had a friend who had sleep deprivation related epilepsy who self medicated with marijuana and said it really helps. You may be adverse to trying it, which i understand. However, i also commonly have trouble sleeping and I know how frustrating it is to lie there awake all night. I would consider trying it if you have the option

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fred March 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

What does a person do for nightmares?…not related to insomnia.

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