Take this quiz to find out how much do you know about Insomnia?
1. True or False? Do Women suffer from insomnia more often than men?
Answer – True
It has been observed that the problem of insomnia is prevalent among women than in men. Experts have speculated that it could be due to women’s hormones. Lack of sleep is often linked with pregnancy, menstrual cycle and menopause. A lot of women have often complained of disturbed sleep during their term of pregnancy. For a woman experiencing menopause, the erratic hormone levels can cause sleeping disorders. Homoeopathic medicines like Nux Vomica, Coffea Cruda and Belladonna can help in treating insomnia.
2. True or False? Insomnia is a temporary condition
Answer – False
There are different kinds of insomnia. If you are suffering from acute insomnia because of any personal trauma or stress, it should not last for more than a few weeks. But, if you are unable to sleep or have difficulty sleeping for a few months, you may be suffering from chronic insomnia, which requires treatment. If your sleep is getting interrupted due to a nightmare or anxious dreams, Nux Vomica can prove to be a beneficial homoeopathic medicine.
3. Which one of the followings may help you to get a good night’s sleep?
A. Cherry juice
B. Strawberry juice
C. Orange juice
D. Wood apple juice
Answer: A: Cherry juice
Cherry has a naturally high content of melatonin, a hormone that helps in regulating the sleep and wake cycles of your body. Studies have revealed that people who drank cherry juice twice in a day fell asleep sooner than others. Apart from this remedy, homoeopathic medicines like Coffea, Ignatia and Natrum Mur work very effectively for treating insomnia.
4. Which among the following conditions can be a reason for insomnia?
A. Sinus infection
C. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
D. Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Answer: C: Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
RLS is a condition when you experience unpleasant sensations in your leg while you are resting. It comes with a feeling of ache in the lower limbs, urging you to move them continuously. This condition worsens during the late evening or at night that can eventually lead to insomnia. The repeated jerking of legs can be a hindrance while you try to get a proper night’s sleep. Homoeopathic medicines like Arsenic Album and Rhus Tox can help you to deal with insomnia that arises out of restlessness.
5. True or False? Insomnia means that you cannot fall asleep
Answer – False
Insomnia has been defined as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. You may be falling asleep easily, but there are chances that you may be suffering from insomnia if you wake up constantly in the middle of the night. Hence, not only the inability to fall asleep but also disturbed sleep can be termed as insomnia. Nux Vomica, homoeopathic medicine works best for people who can sleep easily, but keep waking up at intervals. Apart from this, Coffea, Kali Phos, Aurum Met are some of the top medicines for curing insomnia.
Insomnia treatment needs proper medication from an experienced and expert Doctor.
This Article is written by
Dr Jaswant Patil – M.B.B.S, M.D (Chest), B.H.M.S (Homeopathy), M.A. (Alternative Therapy). He is an Allopath turned Homeopath and has over 30 Years of rich medical experience to his credit.