Insomnia is a complex but common problem for more people than most realise. Statistics suggest that as many as one in three people in the UK will have experienced insomnia in the previous year, and as many as one in ten will experience the chronic form of insomnia.
Symptoms of insomnia:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Frequent waking during the night
- Difficulty returning to sleep
- Waking too early
- Unrefreshed sleep
- Racing mind
- Tiredness throughout the day
- Difficulty concentrating
There are many natural remedies for sleeplessness. Aromatherapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, yoga, and relaxation techniques have all been shown to help with sleep disorders without the side effects of sleeping pills. Natural remedies, combined with improvements in lifestyle, may improve your sleep. If your sleeping problem has not been resolved within a few weeks, you should seek professional help.
Complementary treatment for insomnia is aimed at restoring your mind, body, and emotions to a state of balance. This allows you to function more efficiently, heal more effectively and remain more in control of your waking and sleeping life. Sleep disorders tend to be resolved as a consequence of this restoration of balance rather than as a direct result of taking a sleep remedy.
Remember that natural remedies do not provide miraculous cures. Some people may see an improvement in their sleep problems in a very short time; for others it takes time.
Lifestyle modifications are an integral part of any complementary therapy. Causes for insomnia such as bad diet, too many cigarettes, too much alcohol, too little exercise, and poor stress management have to be corrected.
Reflexology for Insomnia - Research
70 patients with insomnia were given foot reflexology. Group A was given 10 sessions twice a day and Group B was given 10 sessions once a day. Group A showed 88.57% improvement after five days and 100% after ten days. Group B showed 22.86% improvement after 5 days and 91.43% after 10 days.
Gao, W., Wang, Z., and Liu, H.(1996). "Preliminary Exploration of Treatment for Insomnia."
1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report, Beijing : China Reflexology Association, pages 7-8.
Reflexions, VOLUME 26, NUMBER 2, April. 2005 Editors: Barbara and Kevin Kunz © 2005 Kunz and Kunz 'Reflexology and insomnia'
Twenty-two members of the British Reflexology Association (B. R. A.) utilized the Bayley Method of Reflexology with thirty-five clients "to test the effect of reflexology on clients suffering from insomnia and its effect on their everyday functioning." Clients were assessed at the beginning and the end of the course of sessions with a survey asking about various aspects of insomnia and everyday functioning. The survey was repeated a month after the end of sessions. Results showed an overall reduction of 25% of the symptoms of insomnia and a reduction of 18% for associated symptoms of insomnia (i.e lack of concentration, anxiety, stress, forgetfulness, indecision, lack of placidness, low energy levels.)
The findings are published in The 2004 B. R. A. Survey of the Effects of Reflexology on Insomnia. The editors highly recommend this published work as a very fine example of research procedure. B. R. A. members previously conducted Co-operative Research Surveys in 2000 (stress) and 2002 (irritable bowel syndrome) "with many reflexologists working on the same condition and using the same basic method of reflexology."
Sleep, Falling Asleep, Going Back to Sleep
France Not indicated.
Vasseur, C., "Difficulty in Sleeping or Going Back to Sleep." Paris , France . (Publication details not available.)
15 patients, with sleeping disorders were given foot reflexology sessions. Five had psychotherapy. Results: All were able to decrease or stop their sleeping medication after the sessions.
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Complementary Therapists do not claim to cure , diagnose or prescribe. Each therapy session of works on an individual basis. Many people use Complementary Therapy as a way of relaxing the mind and body and improving wellbeing. Complementary Therapy should be used in conjunction with seeking medical advice
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