Insomnia and Restlessness: I Need to Sleep!

Restful sleep is vital for health!

There are several reasons one might not obtain deep sleep or enough restful sleep, on a consistent basis. Stress, excessive fatigue, pain, worry, disease, noise, are some. Bright light, either artificial or from sunshine also may be a problem. But in nearly every case of ongoing insufficient deep sleep, there may be a nutritional or mineral factor - deficiency - of vital enzymes, natural chemical factors that might be corrected to bring satisfying results.

When the moon arises, it is time for us to start thinking about a sleep pattern - again.
When the moon arises, it is time for us to start thinking about a sleep pattern - again. | Source

If you cannot sleep at night...how do you?

Yes, valerian herb is greatly helpful for sound sleep/relaxation. So are hops and passionflower, which can be helpful also, and are sometimes found in combination preparations with valerian. Aminobutyric acid, commonly called Gaba, is helpful for relaxation and extending sleep, particularly in combination with some of these other enzyme or herbal products.

Another needed item is melatonin, which is naturally produced by our body at night, and sometimes a 3 mg. pill in the evening is very helpful for inducing a natural sleep cycle. It needs to be noted that for long term insomnia or in acute stress situations, that minerals are needed more than normally, particularly magnesium and calcium. The addition of these two important ones can make a particular difference in relaxation of our muscular tenseness and some way helps us to fall asleep more quickly. Since most of us on a typical nutrient deficient American diet are somewhat lacking in mineral intake, it might be quickly helpful to start the minerals and add in the melatonin too. Try it a few days, and add in the valerian if needed also.

There are many natural sleep aids, both herbal and homeopathic, and these may be useful without causing addiction. The magnesium mineral is known to be one of the most commonly deficient minerals in the American diet and population. It is 'antagonistic' with calcium via cellular absorption and nearly all mineral supplements contain far too much calcium in proportion to the contained magnesium. Some physicians believe the magnesium levels should equal the amount of calcium, but nearly every common supplement available will have twice as much calcium as compared to magnesium.

Both these minerals are better absorbed when taken with an acid food/juice and quite probably when taken at separate times,i.e. take magnesium in the morning and calcium in the evening. That way the body can better assimilate all it needs.

If one begins this mineral supplementation and sees no effect at all, it is possible that the body has too many sulfites, a natural and necessary ingredient for cellular activity. If sulfites are excessive, the body does not utilize the magnesium efficiently. This would not be known without laboratory blood tests performed on the mineral status. There is an inexpensive urine test for sulfites available and you might obtain information on this at www.starrwalker.com. Some persons have a higher genetic propensity to produce sulfites, and others may have an excessive level due to dietery intake.

So, if you just can't get to sleep and sleep soundly, one of the reasons may be this situation. When you are tired, really tired, too tired, and still can't obtain restful sleep, this area might be a good one to explore. You need those z z z z z zs!

Arizona sunset. Beautiful relaxation!

This beautiful photo was taken from my Mother's front yard in central Arizona last year.  You can read about her on my Tribute hub if you wish.
This beautiful photo was taken from my Mother's front yard in central Arizona last year. You can read about her on my Tribute hub if you wish.

Theanine is also helpful.

An old-fashioned remedy of a warm milk toddy at bedtime contained tryptophan which helps produce relaxation of mind and muscle and assist deep sleep. The modern day controversy of tryptophan causing significant illness was traced back to one manufacturer's contamination problem - not the tryptophan itself.

Green tea especially, contains a helpful amount of theanine, which is now available in capsule and liquid form. It assists the body/mind to relax and produce healthful sleep. L-theanine has become a popular sleep aid in recent years because it is so helpful, without causing side effects.

There is also available a transdermal cream with gaba and theanine that does the same thing. I have personally used both of these in addition to the above suggestions and it does definitely allow me to sleep more soundly when I use the cream. I apply it just before bedtime. You may need to try several of these tips at different times and see what works best to relax you for healthful sleep.

Remember, you must find what fits your body, and that may take some trials of relaxation combined with mineral, herbal, homeopathics to find what works best for you! Don't give up your search, for we were meant to s l e e p w e l l .

Sleep like a baby, again.
Sleep like a baby, again. | Source

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reggieTull 7 years ago from Virtual Space

Thank you, frogyfish. The responses to this request have been very educational. Between the Valerian, Sleep Tunnel and now minerals with melatonin - I am off to the wonderful world of dreamstuff....


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Thanks for this hub - good info, nice picture too. I may try the melatonin -I've heard about it before.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Thank you both for your responses. I do hope you both are sleeping well too! Cheers and appreciation!


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

Good information. Keep posting. I enjoyed your hubs.


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Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

Great info. Nice picture.


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living earth 6 years ago from UK

I will definitely get magnesium and calcium supplements. Hopefully that should help.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

living earth, minerals should help you as we don't make them bodily. Another great tip is decaf green tea in evenings, as the theanine in it is now being promoted as a sleep aid and it does work well. Best wishes to you, and let us know...


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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

A major reason people don't sleep well is they just can't calm their minds. Herbs help this process with out the harsh impact of drugs. I have sampled a lot of different herbs including Valerian. One shouldn't expect to feel a huge impact but in the right mindset they really do help you relax.

I wish the the Doctors here in the USA would embrace more the positive benefits of medicines around the world... those that come from the ground and not a laboratory.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Hey Mike back in the day there was an herb I used to take all the time. It helped me sleep after I ate a pizza ! :)


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

MikeNV you are so right! tony0724, c'mon now, you just had a blood sugar dive after... :-) Thanks to both you guys for reading and comments!


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restoremyheart 6 years ago

Beautiful picture, and thanks for the herbal advice:)


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

You are very welcome restoremyheart! Thank you for stopping by.


Royal Jelly 5 years ago

I have been suffering from insomnia and have been looking for an organic supplement I might just give this a try, thanks for the informative hub


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Royal Jelly, you might consider also using the magnesium chloride 'oil' - that isn't oil - transdermally just before bedtime. It really relaxes the muscles AND the 'sleep muscles' too. I am starting to research the Mg oil being used for PTSD also - it sounds very possible....


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BrianS 5 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I used to travel to the States and you could buy melatonin over the counter there, which I used to do to combat jet lag. But you cannot buy it in the UK, unless that has changed recently. That photograph is amazing by the way.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

BrianS, yes melatonin is very useful in my experience and as of yet we can still buy it OTC. Thanks for enjoying the sunset photo-I too thought it was absolutely beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!


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Glemoh101 5 years ago

If you want to sleep at night , before you go your bed say this words:

I want to sleep now .... I'm going to sleep now .... OK I'm already sleeping now... now I'm dreaming that i write hub about how to sleep well !!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Glemoh101, thank you for your 'sleep words', now get to that 'sleep writing'. Glad you visited! And happy dreams!


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qlcoach 4 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Great ideas here on how to hep with insomnia. Enjoyed your Hub. As a retired mental health and substance abuse counselor, I have also found that stress can cause our mind to race. If this is the case, it is helpful to learn a process of venting stressful emotions, releasing them, and replacing them with the positive. That is why I write about emotional recovery and miracles. Peace and Light...Gary.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

qlcoach, thank you for your insightful comment! You are correct, and seems you are helping others absolve problems too. Wonderful!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have sleeping trouble. I mediate lying on the bed but this does not always help me. I will try your advice. I loved the idea of green tea. I drink green tea in the morning but now I'm going to drink before going to bed.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Vinaya, do enjoy your tea, though remember for some people it should be decaffeinated. Also the magnesium and melatonin can really help one relax to deepen the sleep ability. Do hope you find more hours of sleep to give you much needed rest and re-building! Let us know?


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Brian Burton 4 years ago

Very interesting article. Had no idea there are so many different natural remedies for insomnia. Lots of great information. Bookmarked this and voted up, useful, etc..


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Hi Brian Burton, just met you from Florida on your hub...glad you visited. And hope you sleep well...write down those brilliant ideas too. Thanks for comment here.


Dr Mohamed Rabie 4 years ago

Great Advice!

Now, I am taking some exams. And, as you know, exams is the enemy of sleep :D.

Thank you!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Dr., yes,yes and yes. So make your excellent grades and then get some good sleep! Thank you for visiting!


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Jarn 4 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

I find that my sleep schedule has slipped over the past few months. I'm wide awake at night until around 5 AM, then sleep until 2 PM. No chance of waking up any sooner, as I've physically collapsed while trying to stand doing that. Also, if I stay up all night and tire myself out so I can fall asleep earlier, I still sleep in until 2 PM. It's like the set time that I'm supposed to wake up. Any idea what that is? I've gone to all sorts of doctors and they just shrug.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Jarn, goodness, your sleep schedule is about backwards! Hope you can gradually get it reversed back to 'normal'. That probably would take some time and baby 'steps' to change minutes of wake/sleep time on a progressive basis.

I have heard of 'adrenal reversal' affecting the sleep cycle so perhaps you might investigate that. Do let us know your progression, and best wishes!


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Jarn 4 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

What's adrenal reversal? I've tried looking it up, but can't find anything about it.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Jarn, I probably should have used the term "adrenal fatigue", and that is what you need to search for. You'll have lots of info to work through.

Actually, according to a naturopath locally, the adrenals become 'worn-out-tired, stressed' and then your bio-clock gets messed up with sleep/wake cycles: Along with a plethora of other other symptoms too, but there is a protocol to assist you. Best wishes!

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