Common Alternative Therapies for Insomnia Explained

Usually, any kind of health treatment that does not fall under the umbrella of “standard” Western medical practice is referred to as an alternative treatment. alternative treatments are becoming more and more popular these days as people worry about the long-term risks and side effects often associated with the on-going use of certain medications. This is especially true in the case of alternative therapies for insomnia.

Insomnia is a complex condition and can have many causes. In days gone by the standard treatment was to prescribe a sleep aid in the form of a medication, or for patients to self-medicate by buying over the counter sleep aids. It is now being recognized that by doing this a patient and their doctor are only masking insomnia symptoms. the person may be sleeping thanks to the chemicals in their sleep aid but take them away and the insomnia is still there.

Alternative therapies for insomnia are designed to address and treat the root cause of insomnia, whether that may be a simple matter of correcting bad lifestyle habits or dealing with more complex mental and physical issues. Here is a little about some of the more popular alternative therapies for insomnia:


Acupuncture – Some people find that a course of acupuncture can help them combat insomnia. There have even been some recent clinical trials conducted that seem to indicate that acupuncture does indeed seem to be effective in the long term for many people who suffer from chronic insomnia with no physical cause but why that is is still yet to be fully understood.

Muscle Relaxation Techniques – Tensing of the muscles is thought to play a part in insomnia for some people who suffer from it. therefore it is no surprise that learning basic muscle relaxation techniques can be very effective for some people who have difficulties getting a good night’s sleep.

Tai Chi and Yoga – Increasing the amount of exercise of any kind you do can be an effective weapon against insomnia. However recent studies involving older people who suffer from insomnia found that practicing Tai Chi or Tibetan yoga provided very effective insomnia relief as well as an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Hypnosis – Hypnosis can be very effective against certain kinds of insomnia, especially if worries and stress are the real culprits behind a lack of sleep as they so often are. More and more people are finding that self-hypnosis – often making use of special audio CDs – that they can try at home is helping them get a better night’s sleep on a regular basis.

Natural Sleep Aids

Take a look online and you’ll find that there are a growing number of sleep aids that are available without a prescription – and very inexpensively – that many do find really help when they have problems falling – and staying asleep.

For those whose snoring (or their partner’s snoring) is a big part of the problem there are anti-snoring strips, anti-snoring strips and more. For those who can’t relax enough to even begin to fall asleep an aromatherapy sleep humidifier may be very helpful. Even relatively obvious solutions like earplugs and sleep masks can make a huge difference. A little experimentation and the purchase of a few of these simple sleep aids may be all you need to finally start getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. 



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