I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that (according to the latest statistics) more than 30% of American adults suffer from insomnia, with 10% saying that it results in consequences during the daytime? Well, this actually means that almost 1 in 3 of every American adult is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, and it is severely affecting 1 in 10 of them – which is really bad. Almost half of Americans complain about not getting enough sleep, regardless of an insomnia diagnoses. So, in order to fight this problem, many people have been looking towards pharmaceuticals to help them, and the sleeping pill industry began to boom as a result. Yes, these sleeping pills fixed patient’s short-term sleeping problems. But, unfortunately, they also “brought” a whole new set of problems in the form of side effects. Ladies and gentlemen, you shouldn’t be worried, because there is an effective, all-natural way to combat sleeplessness and insomnia without the side effects of sleeping pills. But first, let’s take a deeper look at sleep deprivation.
Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation
According to the experts, insomnia is a common diagnosis for people who are unable to sleep. Insomnia can be caused by many different factors, such as: having a hard time falling asleep, frequently waking up during sleep, waking up too early or simply just not getting a deep, restful sleep. The experts also say that the causes of insomnia are either biological, psychological or social factors. These can also include anxiety, depression, high blood pressure or medical problems or illnesses. You should also know that insomnia is slightly different from sleep deprivation. This is because insomnia is generally defined by having the proper resources and environment to sleep in, but having internal factors that keep you from sleeping. Sleep deprivation different because it can be caused by insomnia but can also be caused by external factors such as loud noises, being physically uncomfortable or being surrounded by too much light. Yes, the causes of insomnia and sleep deprivation can be different, but the outcome is the same – a lack of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that can affect your daily life.
The most common symptoms:
- Irritability and anger
- Fatigue during the daytime
- Lack of concentration
- Poor memory
- Lower cognitive function
- Lack of energy
- Headaches or migraines
- Upset stomach
- Lack of coordination
This is very important for you to remember – these symptoms are not just a nuisance, they can be incredibly dangerous, especially if the person experiencing them drives regularly or operates heavy machinery at work. According to the experts, high rates of insomnia occur in middle-aged or older adults.
Ladies, did you know that YOU are also more likely to suffer from insomnia than men? That’s not good, right? This means that if you fall under the at-risk demographic, are experiencing any of the typical symptoms of insomnia (most important being the lack of sleep) then you should consider getting tested for insomnia.
Side Effects of Sleeping Pills
As we mentioned before, the most common sleeping pills can be effective at putting somebody to sleep. But, unfortunately, they always come with a large list of side effects that can often incapacitate a person more than symptoms of insomnia would.
Sleeping pills – the most common side effects:
- Burning or tingling in limbs
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty keeping balance
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth and throat
- Impairment the next day
- Mental slowing/problems with attention and memory
- Stomach pain and tenderness
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Unusual dreams
Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve probably noticed that the list of side effects from sleeping pills is almost 1½ times longer than the side effects from getting a lack of sleep. So, if this is not enough reason to try and find an alternative to sleeping pills – then I don’t know what is. I really think that this is mostly due to the fact that sleeping pills work by depressing the central nervous system, which can lead to a variety of problems. What’s worse is that many of these sleeping pills have also proven to be very addictive and have consumed many people’s lives, whether they were using it for sleeping or not.
Nutmeg for Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation
First of all, you should know that nutmeg is a great natural cure for both insomnia and sleep deprivation. Nutmeg contains high amounts of myristicin – a natural organic compound that inhibits the release of enzymes that cause stress. And, we all know that stress is one of the many factors that play a role in insomnia, which makes nutmeg effective at making sure one has a more peaceful sleep. The experts also claim that nutmeg works great as a sedative, which means that it in can help in both cases of insomnia in sleep deprivation.
How this works:
- For people with insomnia that have trouble initially falling asleep, nutmeg can help speed up the process.
- For people who have sleep deprivation due to outside factors, nutmeg can help one fall asleep through them.
How to use it – ladies and gentlemen, we highly recommend that you should mix one-quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg powder with one cup of water and drinking it an hour before going to bed. Note: some people claim that too much nutmeg can cause hallucinations and psychiatric problems. But, you shouldn’t be worried, because there is little to no scientific evidence backing up these claims. However, if you are still worried about these possible side effects make sure to take nutmeg in moderation.
And please, let us know if nutmeg helped you combat a lack of sleep in the comment section below. This spice is not recommended for children due to potential toxicity although it is rare it still would not be advised. And, one last thing – pregnant women should avoid nutmeg as well. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one.