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& INSOMNIA

Sleeplessness or restless sleep is a big problem for someone who is already anxious or stressed. Not only does lack of sleep leave us worn out and tired, it can also agitate stress and anxiety, provoking a chronic sense of distress and depletion. Sleep refuels us not just physically and energetically but also psychologically. The body needs sleep in order to dream. Our dreams are important to our health and psyche, whether or not we remember them.

What to Do

Sometimes people are unable to sleep because of stimulating food or drink consumed earlier in the day. If you’re having trouble sleeping, eliminate or reduce any stimulants in your diet; if you must have them to get your day going, don’t have any after 10 a.m. These would include coffee, black tea, green tea, and stimulating herbs such as ginseng, Rhodiola, and yerba mate. Also eliminate or reduce any sugar, chocolate, and red wine in the evening, all of which can be stimulating. Other helpful aids for good sleep include the following:

Wort is a good solution for insomnia — it works almost every time. Take ½ teaspoon of Wort tincture three times daily for 5 days, stop for 2 days, and repeat the cycle until you’re able to sleep peacefully.

Nervines. Throughout the day, drink a good nervine tea such as a blend of lemon balm, chamomile, and passionflower, stopping 3 hours before bedtime. Or take 1 teaspoon of a combination hops-and valerian tincture each hour for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Passionflower and skullcap is another combination that works especially well for those whose brains just won’t slow down. For people who can’t sleep because of anxiety, try a kava tincture before bedtime.

Baths or walks. Just before bed, take either a warm lavender bath or an invigorating walk. If it is possible to walk barefoot on a grassy area, do so. It connects you to the electromagnetic forces of the earth. Curl up in bed following your bath or walk. You’ll usually go right to sleep.

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