Nutmeg as Treatment
One potential alternative sleep aid is nutmeg. In fact, it has been used for a long time as a form of medicine to treat numerous conditions, including sleep troubles. Specifically, compounds in nutmeg, like myristicin, can help a person to relax. This is due to a combination of countering stressful signal hormones produced by the body and working as a natural sedative to relieve stress. Relieving stress can certainly help one to get to sleep. A little bit of nutmeg at night just might be the thing to help. Studies have indicated nutmeg’s potential as a sleep aid, among others.
If you’d like to try nutmeg as a sleep aid, don’t just eat it straight. Instead, make nutmeg water. For every glass of water, use one-fourth of a teaspoon of nutmeg (you’ll notice it doesn’t take much at all) and drink it an hour or so before you intend to sleep. Keep in mind, you’ll want to use it in moderation. While it is not hallucinogenic in low doses as some sources have suggested, it can prove toxic in high doses, and as such, care should be taken. Pregnant women and children should avoid nutmeg in any significant amount.
While there’s not much you can do about insomnia, sleep deprivation may be a little easier to combat because the interference comes from outside the body. First and foremost, it’s important to eliminate distractions, disturbances, and stressors from your environment- specifically from the bedroom. Be careful not to eat too closely to bedtime, and avoid electronic media as well; the light from electronics stimulates the ‘awake’ functions of the brain. Avoiding loud music (and loud people) can also help, as can relaxing scents like lavender or jasmine. Stretching before bed may also provide some benefit, helping the body to relax.
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Sleep loss, either from insomnia, or sleep deprivation, can be serious. They can dramatically reduce a person’s effectiveness, costing them relationships and even employment, put people at risk for injury, and so much more. However, a large number of sleeping pills offer hardly any benefit. In fact, some sleeping pills may actually cause symptoms as bad or worse than those brought on by a lack of sleep- to say nothing of the possibility of addiction. If you’re looking to get a good night’s rest, practice good sleep hygiene and incorporate natural sleep aids and sedatives like nutmeg into your regimen.