Insomnia is something that affects nearly 3.5 million Canadians over the age of 15. Insomnia is when you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, and can be the result of many different things. For example, certain medical conditions such as asthma, acid reflux or chronic pain can contribute to sleep problems. Insomnia can also be the result of stress, anxiety, or too much caffeine.
Regardless of the cause, we all need a good night’s sleep. Family physicians like Dr. Ali Ghahary, who practices just outside the city of Vancouver at Brentwood Medical Clinic in Burnaby, recommend patients get at least 7 to 8 hours sleep minimum. Proper sleep not only leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated the next day, but can also significantly improve your work and/or school performance and is much better for your health in the long-run.
While Dr. Ali Ghahary can prescribe sleep aids to patients who are suffering from chronic insomnia, there are also some natural ways you can ensure you’re getting a proper night’s rest.
If stress is the number one cause of your inability to sleep, try managing that stress. Exercise is a great way to release any pent-up emotions you might be feeling, and has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise also has many other health benefits and can ward off many different diseases as well as help with weight loss. That being said, it is important that you not exercise too late at night, as doing so can actually contribute to insomnia. Thus, it is better to exercise in the early morning hours.
Herbal tea is another great natural remedy. Chamomile tea, for example, is known for its sedative affects and has been used for decades to help individuals with insomnia. It’s also safe for both children and adults. Other teas such as Valerian and Linden are also helpful in treating insomnia.
Aromatherapy is another popular choice, with lavender essential oil being one of the best. Not only does it smell great and aid in sleep, but it can also ease stress and anxiety, heal wounds and burns, reduce acne and improve the skin’s complexion, and can even improve headaches. Stores in Vancouver like Saje and Escents offer a wide-range of lavender and other essential oils for all sorts of ailments.