Published: 12/08/2013 - Updated: 08/09/2019
Author: Prof. Dr. Luis Ruiz-García
The body can get used to pills and medicines for restful sleep and often we believe that natural remedies "won’t do anything " because we think they are less potent, take more time to have an effect, etc.
However, while medicines and pills can help you to fall asleep, they may be causing the body to become weaker in the production of its own sleep-inducing hormones such as melatonin. If this continues, we may need to begin to take medication and tranquilisers to sleep and this can create a dependency to the extent that someone may constantly need to increase the amount of sleeping pills they are taking in order to sleep.
Maybe natural herbs and remedies take more time to adapt to your body, especially if you've often resorted to taking sleeping pills. However, if you insist with natural remedies, you will see that slowly you start to sleep better, not just curing your insomnia but also the cause, making your body stronger and allowing it create its own balance and harmony instead of relying on medication.
What causes insomnia?
Usually, cases of insomnia present due to stress, worries and an altered nervous system, irregular sleep, anxiety, or at times when there are drastic or many small changes in a person's life. However, insomnia is mainly caused by excess acidity in the blood, i.e., many toxins circulating by the bloodstream, and a lack of calcium or malnourished nervous system. Did you know that if there is not enough calcium in your body, your nerve impulses will become deficient?
Curing Insomnia without Pills
If you take pills, we recommend cutting down on them slowly but surely. This will help your body get stronger to generate its own ways of balancing itself and your sleeping patterns. While doing this, we recommend the following juices for toxemia of the body:
Alfalfa, aloe and carrot juice
Try to drink this juice at midday and combine with food if you like. You will need: A glass of fresh carrot juice (freshly passed through the extractor to preserve its nutrients), half a cup of fresh alfalfa and a sprig of aloe vera. The combination of these three elements is a great cleanser for the body, plus alfalfa is rich in calcium and aloe vera will help to regenerate cells.
While fasting: Citrus juice
Orange, tangerine, lemon juice, etc. will help evacuate the toxins that the body gathers at night, plus the vitamin C contained in this juice helps the absorption of many nutrients in your body. Drink a glass of any of these juices, freshly made, while fasting.
Avoid: salty foods, chocolate, ham, fizzy drinks and coffee. These foods are irritating to the nervous system.
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Try to include in your meals: Lettuce, spinach, almond milk, salads with sunflower seeds, whole grain bread, etc. These foods help to nourish the nervous system and are also relaxing.
Before sleeping, avoid having too much food as the process of digestion will not let you rest and may provoke nervousness at night. Dinner should be light and must be at least an hour before bedtime. Avoid overloading yourself with work and do not overstimulate the nervous system or it will be more difficult to fall asleep.
Practice breathing exercises at night: Concentrate on your abdominal breathing and concentrate on how your abdomen rises as you breathe and relax.
For your body to vent excess energy, do some yoga in the evenings. Put soft music on and try to concentrate on the music. This is ideal to prepare the body for sleep, especially to have a more relaxed and happy life.
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Infusions that aid relaxation naturally
Drink infusions of peppermint, lemon balm, passionflower and/or chamomile twice daily. Before bed, an infusion of mint or lemon balm with a little almond milk is great because they are rich in calcium and help to relax the nervous system. Drink hot and sweetened with a touch of pure honey.
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