Insomnia - Sleep Onset and Maintenance - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


When suffering from anxiety, depression, over reactive or feeling tight and stressed one needs to consciously focus more on "Blissors not Stressors", and address each one of the following areas to achieve a more balanced and happy life.

  • Stress Management- yoga , breathing, meditation,
  • Exercise- Gentle daily stretches and regular movement.
  • Nutrition - Eat "SLOW" foods ie seasonal, local, organic, whole.
  • Social/ Spiritual - friends, family, beliefs and philosophies.
  • Education - follow up with new and ongoing interests and become motivated in learning

If the conditions you suffer from are more serious or not alleviated by your individual efforts then maybe some of our support mixes can assist.

Insomnia means having trouble with the quality or quantity of sleep. It can be caused by difficulties in either falling asleep or staying asleep. Self-reported sleeping problems, dissatisfaction with sleep quality and day time tiredness are the only defining characteristics of insomnia because it is such an individual experience. The concept of 'a good sleep' differs widely from person to person. While the average night's sleep for an adult is around seven or eight hours, some people only need four, while others like up to 10 hours or more. What seems like insomnia to one person might be considered a good sleep by another.

People who suffer from insomnia are normally frustrated or annoyed by it. Paradoxically, this emotional state contributes to keeping them awake. It helps to stop demanding a set amount of sleep every night. Having less sleep than you'd like doesn't cause any harm. Allow yourself to fall short of the ideal without getting anxious about it.

Home remedies for transient insomnia Reducing anxiety and sticking to a day-night routine can improve sleep quality.

Suggestions include:

  • Don't nap during the day.
  • Cut down on smoking and drinking.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks before bed.
  • Don't exercise strenuously before bed time.
  • Do something to relax, such as meditate or have a warm bath.
  • Only go to bed if you feel sleepy.
  • Go to bed later.
  • Use anxiolytic herbs during day and before bed.
  • Reduce caffeine, alcohol.
  • Rub On or burn lavender Oil
  • Partake of calming behaviour before bed, bath, music, massage feet/head,
  • Learn to let problems go.
  • Stop reading, worrying or watching television in bed and limit your activities in the bedroom to sleeping and sex.

If you can't sleep:

  • Get up, go to another room and do something else until you feel sleepy again.
  • Get up at the same time every morning, regardless of how much sleep you have had.
  • Avoid 'judging' your sleep on a day-to-day basis.

Causes can include:-

  • Anxiety Pain,
  • Caffeine,
  • Alcohol depression,
  • Hypoglycaemia.

Herbal Mix Passion Flower, Valerian, Liquorice, Hops, Zizyphus, Withania. Bach's:- White Chestnut , Honeysuckle

Anxiety Support


Have a question? Contact McDowell's Herbal Treatments

McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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