It is not unusual to have sleep troubles from time to time.
But, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or satisfying
sleep, you may have insomnia, a sleep disorder. People with insomnia
have one or more of the following:
- difficulty falling asleep;
- waking up often during the night and having trouble going back
- waking up too early in the morning;
- unrefreshing sleep.
Homeopathic Treatment & Homeopathy Medicines for SLEEPLESSNESS
The sleepless conditions calling for Belladonna are due to congestion;
sleep is extremely restless, as a rule it is interrupted by talking,
startings, muscular jerkings and spasmodic motions; frightful images
appear on closing the eyes and the patient therefore dreads sleep.
Children awake from sleep frightened. Oftentimes there is a violent
throbbing in the brain which prevents sleep. The dreams found under
Belladonna are frightful ones, and they constantly awaken the patient.
It is probably our best remedy for insomnia due to cerebral hyperaemia;
that is, it will be most often indicated, also after morphine which
produces cerebral hyperaemia of a passive variety. Aconite comes
in here, too, but with Aconite there is intense anxiety and restlessness,
fear of disaster or death. Cuprum, Stramonium and Zincum have the
symptom that the patient is aroused from sleep frightened. Lycopodium.
Here the child awakens very cross; very sleepy during the daytime.
Belladonna is most useful in restless sleep during dentition; sleeps
with eyes partially open; sudden starting, twitching, hot head and
dilated pupils will indicate it.
#Nux vomica. [Nux-v]
The great characteristic of this remedy is that the patient is very
sleepy in the evening, cannot keep awake ; moreover the sleep is
not sound or restful and the patient is awakened at night by anxiety
and frightful dreams. He awakens at about four or five O'clock in
the morning feeling somewhat refreshed, but soon resleeps and awakens
at the usual time feeling worse than ever. It is especially the
remedy for those who drink too much, those who abuse coffee and
tea, those who are subject to abdominal disorders and a slugish
portal circulation. Sleeplessness from mental overwork, from too
close study, especially at night. The morning sleep aggravates all
the affections. Pulsatilla is sleepless in the evening, falling
asleep very late; the sleep is restless, with frequent awakenings
and troubled dreams. Sleeplessness after quinine, iron, strychnine,
tea, or chloral. Calcarea carbonica has long hours of wakefulness.
Cocculus has sleeplessness from mental activity. Sulphur. Cat naps;
the slightest noise awakens and it is difficult to get to sleep
again; sleepy in daytime. Calcarea bromata. Dr. Deschere, of New
York, relies on this remedy in typical Calcarea children, with predominance
of nervous irritability, sleeplessness and hyperaesthesia at night.
Sleeplessness from nervous excitement; the brain is full of bewildering
ideas and images. After long illnesses and the brain cells are illy
nourished this remedy is very useful. It is especially indicated
in sleeplessness in children, who twitch, cry out frightened and
tremble. Sleeplessness from overworked minds and without apparent
cause may be benefited by Hyoscyamus. Talcott says: "Hyoscyamus
paints the mental town of its victim a brilliant and luminous red."
The patient is jolly and wakeful. Hyoscyamus lacks the anxiety of
Aconite, the violence of Belladonna, the pessimism of Nux vomica,
and the stupidity of Gelsemium.
In cases where there is excessive agitation of body and mind, and
where ideas force themselves on the mind, Coffea is the remedy,
and its use as a beverage withheld. It will be found that this acts
better in the higher potencies. Hale says: "If there is any
place for high dilutions, it is in insomnia." The patient is
wide awake, without the slightest inclination to sleep, and all
the senses are extremely acute. It is the remedy when excitement
or good news, joys or night watching causes the insomnia. It is
well suited to sleeplessness in teething children, while Opium is
better suited to adults. Sleeplessness from the bad effects of too
good news. Platina has sleeplessness from extreme nervous irritability.
For sleeplessness in children due to severe pain, Chamomilla is
a sovereign remedy. It quiets the irritability and the emotional
excitement and the patient sleeps. It is also adapted to weak, nervous
women. The sleep is tormented by dreams which are fanciful, vivid
and anxious; the patient is hot and thirsty. Moaning in sleep. This
is also a remedy acting better in the higher potencies. Ignatia
has sleeplessness from depressing news, recent grief, causing a
hyperaemia. Coffea, sleeplessness from good news. Opium suits sleeplessness
when the patient is sleepy but cannot get to sleep, is kept awake
by hearing distinctly ordinary noises, such as the ticking of clocks
and the crowing of cocks. Great drowsiness is characteristic of
For the insomnia of brain workers, Gelsemium is a remedy. It is
indicated in business men who pass restless nights, awaken early
in the morning and worry over their business affairs. It also is
most useful in a state of alternate excitement and depression. Bryonia
is useful where the business cares of the day keep him awake. Gelsemium
has also sleeplessness from emotional disturbances, and after evening
company. Ambra grisea is another remedy
for sleeplessness from worry and business troubles. The patient
goes to bed tired, but immediately becomes wakeful. It is especially
suited to thin, spare men who are nervous and subject to nervous
Sleeplessness from nervous excitement, cutaneous irritations and
external heat. The patient is drowsy all day and sleepless at night.
Sleeps in "cat naps", wakes frequently. Arsenicum is a
useful remedy for the sleeplessness of malnutrition, where there
is general degeneration of the blood and exhaustion of the nervous
system. Restlessness of anaemic irritability. Cinchona has sleeplessness
from exhausting diseases. The mind is active and the patient indulges
in castle building. Phosphorus. Sleeplessness following intense
mental overwork and anxiety coupled with confusion, vertigo and
pain in the head.
#Cannabis Indica. [Cann-i]
In obstinate and intractable forms of insomnia, Cannabis is one
of the best remedies we have to induce sleep. An irregular sleep
is more of an indication than absolute insomnia. It produces a tranquil
slumber, relieves the nervousness and neuralgic pains , and even
if given in doses of from 5 to 15 drops of the tincture in water
it leaves no bad effects behind. Halbert says do not use it lower
than the third potency which is a commendable suggestion. Other
remedies for the want of sleep are the following, which have been
used empirically, but which are far superior to the hypnotics of
the allopathic school: Passiflora incarnata in doses of from 30
to 60 drops, and repeated if necessary, will induce sleep when mental
irritation or pain is the cause of the wakefulness. Camphora mono-bromata
is useful for sleeplessness due to the continued use of tea. In
insomnia of locomotor ataxia or epilepsy give 3X potency. Coca.
Sleeplessness from mental exhaustion or anaemia; a useful remedy
in worn-out brain workers, night watchers and those who have lost
much sleep. Avena sativa in doses of
from 10 to15 drops of the tincture will oftentimes induce a peaceful
dreamless sleep in those who are nervous and exhausted. It is not
impossible that a complete proving of these latter remedies will
show further their value in sleeplessness. Arnica and Gelsemium
should not be overlooked in sleeplessness from overexertion. Of
prime importance are the casual indications of sleeplessness, and
these are legion.