Insomnia is most often defined as having difficulty sleeping. The term was coined in the 16th century and is based on the Latin word insomnis, which literally means "sleepless."
Insomnia can be characterized by having difficulty falling asleep, waking during the night or sleeping too little.
From a naturopathic perspective, rather than prescribing a sleeping aid, even a natural one, it is better to eliminate the cause of the insomnia. As insomnia often develops following stressful periods, the adrenal glands need to be prevented from overreacting to the stress. Hypoglycemia (see section on Hypoglycemia) and deficiencies of certain nutrients, such as magnesium, also play a key role.
Eliminate refined sugars and reduce your intake of natural sugars. Eliminate stimulants, such as caffeine and energy drinks. Eliminate soft drinks, even non-caffeinated ones. Avoid sweets (e.g. cereal, dessert or chocolate) a few hours before bedtime.
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