Struggling with Insomnia

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Insomnia can be classified into 2 categories; Sleep-onset insomnia is characterized by having difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night. Some factors that contribute to sleep-onset insomnia includes anxiety, tension, environmental change, emotional arousal, fear, pain or discomfort. Sleep-maintenance insomnia, on the other hand, is the difficulty of staying asleep. This condition could be caused by depression, sleep apnoea, drugs or alcohol. These people with maintenance insomnia often wake up during the night and have difficulty returning to sleep.

While most people experience brief periods of insomnia throughout their lives, there are some who are burdened with the fact that they are unable to fall asleep even if they want to. People with insomnia face this problem at least 3 nights a week, with some experiencing this torment almost every night for months or years on end.

Symptoms of Insomnia

The symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep despite being tired
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Trouble getting back to sleep
  • Feeling unrefreshed after sleep
  • Having to rely on sleeping pills or medication
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Daytime drowsiness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day

Treating Insomnia with Essential Oils

The calming, soothing, balancing and anxiety reducing benefits of essential oils is very effective for treating insomnia.

Oils that contain sedative properties are:

If insomnia is persistent and does not go away after a few weeks, you might be having chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is usually tied to an underlying mental or physical issue. In such cases, it is important to accurately pinpoint and treat the source rather than simply relying on essential oils for sleep.

Psychological causes include stress, anxiety, depression during pregnancy, sickness and pain are some of the physical causes of chronic insomnia.