Insomnia - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies


Insomnia (sleeplessness) is one of the most annoying conditions that deprive the person of his/her natural rest and relaxation. As the person fails to get required rest at night due to sleeplessness or un-refreshing slumber, he/she faces trouble with his/her activities during the next day. When it becomes a daily issue, the individual faces serious health problems. 

Causes and symptoms of insomnia:

There are a number of causes that keep the person unduly awake for most or all through the night. Sleep of people with nervous temperament is more liable to be disturbed by trivial causes than others. Many times, an external source of irritation, and not an internal problem, leads to Insomnia/sleeplessness. However, external sources, such as uncomfortable surroundings, lack of quilt or insufficient covering during harsh winter, lack of fan/AC during a scorching night in harshly hot summer also causes sleeplessness.

Headache or pain in any body due to any reason, a nagging worry, or an overfull stomach causing discomfort are some of the other causes of insomnia or sleeplessness. 

Ayurveda believes that the annoying problem of insomnia is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha.

Home remedies for insomnia or sleeplessness:

  • One of the easiest home remedies to treat insomnia is to give the patient banana with milk. The blend helps the patients get a sound sleep, thanks to various essential nutrients present in the yummy fruit and milk. It can be taken as the last thing at night.
  • You can also give the patient a teaspoonful of powder of fried cumin seeds mixed with pulp of a ripe banana.
  • Massaging the soles of the patient with cow’s ghee or til (sesame) oil also provides relief. Massage of the whole body, followed by a hot/cold bath (depending on the season), also go a long way in treating the condition. 

The treatment of insomnia lies in finding the precise cause and removing it. If the problem persists even after removing the somatic reasons, such as pain or uncomfortable surroundings, the person should be taken to a qualified psychologist as a psychological issue might be the real cause.
4/19/2016
Insomnia - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

Insomnia (sleeplessness) is one of the most annoying conditions that deprive the person of his/her natural rest and relaxation. As the person fails to get required rest at night due to sleeplessness or un-refreshing slumber, he/she faces trouble with his/her activities during the next day. When it becomes a daily issue, the individual faces serious health problems. 

Causes and symptoms of insomnia:

There are a number of causes that keep the person unduly awake for most or all through the night. Sleep of people with nervous temperament is more liable to be disturbed by trivial causes than others. Many times, an external source of irritation, and not an internal problem, leads to Insomnia/sleeplessness. However, external sources, such as uncomfortable surroundings, lack of quilt or insufficient covering during harsh winter, lack of fan/AC during a scorching night in harshly hot summer also causes sleeplessness.

Headache or pain in any body due to any reason, a nagging worry, or an overfull stomach causing discomfort are some of the other causes of insomnia or sleeplessness. 

Ayurveda believes that the annoying problem of insomnia is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha.

Home remedies for insomnia or sleeplessness:

  • One of the easiest home remedies to treat insomnia is to give the patient banana with milk. The blend helps the patients get a sound sleep, thanks to various essential nutrients present in the yummy fruit and milk. It can be taken as the last thing at night.
  • You can also give the patient a teaspoonful of powder of fried cumin seeds mixed with pulp of a ripe banana.
  • Massaging the soles of the patient with cow’s ghee or til (sesame) oil also provides relief. Massage of the whole body, followed by a hot/cold bath (depending on the season), also go a long way in treating the condition. 

The treatment of insomnia lies in finding the precise cause and removing it. If the problem persists even after removing the somatic reasons, such as pain or uncomfortable surroundings, the person should be taken to a qualified psychologist as a psychological issue might be the real cause.