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Carl Sandburg Talks About Sleep Insomnia and Natural Remedies
The dark blue wind of early autumn
ran on the early autumn sky
in the fields of yellow moon harvest.
. . . . I slept, I almost slept,
. . . . I said listening:
Trees you have leaves rustling like rain
When there is no rain.
The Setting and Season
What impressions and metaphors do we receive upon this first reading?
Carl Sandburg simplifies as a minimalist, so we are left with personal impressions from our own experience of the season and intimate sleep patterns.
Are we affected by the moon's cycles?
The autumn season with colors fading, changing from deep summer greens to golden hues of yellow, burnt umber, bittersweet oranges and crimson reds reminds us the world prepares for bed.
The time when the world sleeps and hibernates has not yet reached its nadir of winter.
We look upward at the clouds moving in the sky, at the shades of blue and white and the restless movement of the winds with rustling sounds.
The trees sway back and forth in anticipation as the birds twitter and flit building their nests for safekeeping to keep their nestlings warm.
We cannot help but observe the circle in the sky showing in all its splendor and glory.
The yellow orange harvest moon fills the evening sky.
Does this night light keep us awake?
We stand in awe before it, as it rises from the horizon or sinks down below the earth's curvature.
Observing the wonder of nature, perhaps bedded down in the field under the stars.
Thinking about the world and man's place still trying to sleep.
The mind goes on and on turning until it recognizes the wake sleep state.
Self talk, we wonder and realize slumber has not yet overtaken, instead the sounds of nature keenly heard tell us the world has not quieted just yet.
Still awake, wanting to rest, waiting, waiting for the time of peace.
Receiving messages from the trees as the rustling leaves signal the winds movement, all is not quiet.
We wait for heaven to open and relieve the parched earth to nourish the dryness of autumn.
All the signals seen, the change in sky's color, the wind blowing, the heaviness in the air.
If rain comes the pitter patter will lull us to sleep.
Waiting. Waiting. Almost asleep. Not yet.
Carl Sandburg grew up in an Illinois home with six siblings. Their 3-room cottage had a wooded park nearby. After the eighth grade he left school, traveling and working in a variety of jobs. His life as a 'hobo' must have entailed sleeping under the open night's sky.
Charlie, as they called him, volunteered to serve in the Spanish-American War of 1898 at the age of 20 and was stationed in Puerto Rico.
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HOMEOPATHY AND SLEEP
804 Homeopathic Sleep Remedies listed for sleeplessness in the repertory
Out of sleeplessness in the mind category, which means I suppose that it is not the body that is sleepless, but something keeps the mind awake, there are a number of major remedies out of the total 212 listed: Acon, Ars, Bell, Calc, Caps, Cham, Chin, Cimic, Cocc, Coff, Cupr, Hep, Hyos, Lact, Merc, Nux0v, Op, Puls, Rhus-t, Verat
Reasons for Insomnia
The number of reasons for inability probably number as many people that feel this way. The myriad of emotions from joy, homesickness, delirium to excitement or hysteria can contribute to this problem. We have worries, cares, fears, complaints, anxiety and more.
Anxiety and Sleep
One of interest is sleeplessness with anxiety that drives a person out of bed after midnight. You can see how specific the rubrics become using the individualized medicines in homeopathy. For those interested, the remedy listed is arsenic album as the major remedy out of 41 others.
What do you automatically do?
What if sitting up in bed ameliorates the anxiety? Then we have carbo-veg, causticum, fraxinus and spongier.
Thus, we learn body posture and position plays an important role in how we feel. We call these modalities when a person finds particular ways to ameliorate and improve their discomforts. Position is only one factor, foods, weather, temperature, rubbing, talking and many other ways that people find to soothe their pains.
Just can't fall asleep
If a person has problems simply falling asleep, then out of 167 remedies these are the top one listed: Aconite, calc-carb, carb-veg, caust, cench, cob-n, haliae-lc, hep, lach, lil-s, lyc, merc, nat-mur, plb-acet, puls, quasi and rhus-tox
Top Sleep Remedies Emerge
Even I am beginning to see a pattern form where aconite, calcarea and rhus-tox are frequently listed for the problem of sleep. Always remember that the homeopathic remedy will only be effective if it matches the energy of the individual. Thus, a formula medicine with all of these remedies may not solve the problem.
Sixty-eight remedies are listed for anxiety which disturbs a person's sleep, but only three for sleep interrupted from anxiety with arsenic, cocculus and veratrum album.
What about pain?
Of course, besides mind symptoms like grief and anguish, a person may have serious physical symptoms contributing to inability to sleep. Any type of pain makes it difficult if not impossible to get rest and sleep. While, for others, sleep may be the only time that the daily pains subside.
Hundreds upon hundreds of pages fill the homeopathic literature which concerns sleep and its manifestations.
Related Health Notes
Calming nerves and helping sleep with natural herbs
Lavender | Research indicates anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties useful in cases of arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, pains and sports injuries. Calming, relaxing properties soothe stress, used in the evening bath or on the pillow will help to induce sleep.
Chamomile | Just like Peter Rabbit, chamomile's sedative properties are often taken as a tea, but should not be used continuously to reduce its dependency and for potential side effects or irritability and upset tummy. Chamomile essence may be put in a soothing bathtub or rub on the skin as an oil.
Passion Flower | When worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion contribute to insomnia then passion flower may assist sleep.
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Carl Sandburg writes a simple poem about sleep difficulty using nature's metaphors. What natural remedies can be used to help us fall asleep?
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