There’s nothing like a poor night of sleep to set you on the wrong foot for the day to come.
Approximately 30% of American adults suffer from insomnia, with 10% saying that it results in consequences during the daytime.
This means that almost 1 in 3 of every American adult is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, and it is severely effecting the lives of 1 in every 10 of them.
Almost half of Americans complain about not getting enough sleep, regardless of an insomnia diagnoses.
While there are a lot of great natural insomnia cures out there, sometimes you just don’t have the time or the ingredients required to make them work.
And although pharmaceutical solutions may help, they end up taking a huge toll on your health and wellness in the process.
The problem with sleeping pills
Most sleeping pill sold on the market aren’t just used to cure insomnia.
Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium are anti-anxiety medications while barbiturates are used in anesthesia.
These drugs bring about sleep by inducing drowsiness. However, they have a high risk of dependency.
Newer drugs like Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, Rozerem, and Belsomra are less addictive but they have their own set of risks.
Common side effects of sleeping pills include:
-Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
-Changes in appetite
-Difficulty keeping balance
-Dry mouth or throat
-Impairment the next day
-Mental slowing or problems with attention or memory
-Stomach pain or tenderness
-Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
In addition, sleeping pills can cause critical breathing problems in people with asthma or other respiratory ailments. They can even cause “parasomnias”, abnormal behaviors that occur while sleeping and that you have no control over, like sleepwalking.
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to sleeping medication, including blurred vision, chest pain, swelling in the throat, and anaphylaxis.
Nutmeg for insomnia and sleep deprivation
When you’re having a hard time sleeping, don’t reach for your sleeping pills, reach for your pantry instead.
Nutmeg, a common spice that every baker keeps on hand, is a natural sedative that helps manage insomnia and improve sleep quality. Simply inhaling it for a few deep breaths is enough to lull you into sleep.
All you need is to measure out 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of the spice and mix with a bit of honey to form a paste. Eat it straight from the spoon and swallow with a bit of water, if necessary.
Nutmeg can have hallucinatory effects if taken in large doses, so make sure not to exceed this amount and to only take it once a day at most.
If you are currently taking other medications, consult your doctor or naturopath before taking nutmeg.