“The Quality and Quantity of our sleep affects our lives”
Sleep is an opportunity for the brain and body to rest and be restored. In addition, many functions important to good health take place during sleep at night. The amount of sleep that people need can vary widely. Infants may need up to twenty hours; many children need from ten to fourteen per night. The average requirement for adults is estimated at six to eight hours, but many people need much more than that feeling chronically stressed and compromised, both physically and mentally, because of insufficient sleep.
In India, at least 10% of the people can’t sleep without the sleeping pills. In Mumbai the percentage of people suffering from insomnia is high. We believe that if this condition prevails for the next hundred years, not a single person will be able to sleep without medication. Our whole being is totally connected to the sleep we have. Depression, heaviness, acidity, hypertension, tension all are related to the sleep problems.
A common concern of those who sleep poorly is that lost sleep will damage their health. Recent research demonstrated that the nightly loss of four hours of sleep over 10 days in healthy young adults reduced a number of measures of immune function. Two research papers described how sleeping less than five hours per night lowered the life span.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia can be defined as the subjective complaint of impairment in the duration, depth, or restful quality of sleep. One or more of the following problems characterizes it: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, early morning wakening, and unrefreshing sleep.
Insomnia is classified as primary or secondary, as well as acute or chronic. Insomnia occurs more frequently with aging and in women.
Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause. The etiology of primary insomnia relates in part to psychological conditioning processes. Secondary insomnia is a symptom caused by medical, psychiatric, or environmental factors.
Acute insomnia is often caused by emotional or physical discomfort, such as stressful life events or medical problems of recent onset. Various substances (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, steroids, etc.) can impair both falling asleep and staying asleep. Chronic insomnia can have multiple and varying causes, and can pose a significant therapeutic challenge.
Understanding the conflict of insomnia:
Sleep is the most essential part of our day where we recharge our self. It is time taken not only by our brain to secrete different kinds of hormones and enzymes but our cells feel revitalized. There is growth of new cells. Exfoliation of dead ones. Thus such vital yet silent work is on at the physical levels, which needs this time and phase for its work.
So its strange that when we can’t initiate or maintain sleep we can wonder why we don’t let our body do this silent or vital work i.e. we don’t permit it in a the mind goes against its own body.
Once we understand this we realize how in an insomniac patient there is a split between the mind and body. More then the split it begins as the imbalance between the mind and body. For e.g. the CEO of a company or a creative director, a scientist or any such profession, which demands thinking, creative producing or any profession, which demands high involvement of mind, in all such cases the mind feels as if on toes it keeps thinking. Body is still but mind is not. Thus the split between the mind and body widens increasing the insomnia.
On the other hand at the opposite spectrum people who are physically exhaust themselves like an athletes, house wife, manual laborers where the demand for the physical activity is high all the systems energy is now diverts in this physical work giving the person no time for personal thought or desire. But the intelligent organism does this when the individual sleeps (That’s the only time when the physical activity is zero) thus this causes the imbalance between the mind and the body.
As a Homoeopath or holistic healers he tries to understand this imbalance and bridge the gap that has been created between the two. He begins from the scratch, tries to understand the stresses in his life and how this stress is bothering him. Thus homeopath tries to understand the patient’s perception of the own world. Homoeopath also understands how this affects him physical disease and the dreams associated with the same. In this fashion after understanding gives medicine that is indicated fir him.
Effect of sleeping pills:
Common side effects most importantly are physical and physiological dependence where the patient feels “I won’t do without this” or “my next day will be ruined without this” feeling indicating the extent of external dependence. Here the role of a doctor is not only as a homoeopath but also as a true healer where encouragement pushing the patient every one inch further on self-dependence begins and slowly he is able to bring his mind and body on the same wavelength balancing towards a harmony.
The other side effects include a sense of paradoxical excitement since the allopathic medicine has pushed the person in a direction opposite to its true nature- i.e. Everything that goes up must come down or every action has a equal and opposite reaction.
What modern medicine does is induce the artificial sleep under the influence the drugs but homoeopathic medicine brings the natural rhythmic sleep.
“ If you want to regain your sleep and freshness and youthfulness, take Homoeopathy”