Lack of Sleep Linked to Mental Ailments: 4 Natural Tips to Sleep Better

Caffeine is known as a powerful stimulant and its excess consumption has been linked to promoting sleeplessness.

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Lack of Sleep Linked to Mental Ailments: 4 Natural Tips to Sleep Better

Highlights

  1. Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation may have severe repercussions
  2. Insomnia can be one of the factors triggering mental issues
  3. Not sleeping well may actually alter the brain process
Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation may have severe repercussions on health. A recently conducted Oxford study has established insomnia as one of the contributory factors in triggering mental issues like anxiety, depression and even some of the disorders. Traditionally, it was believed that people experienced sleeplessness as an effect of depression or some underlying mental condition. The recent study reverses the logic stating that not sleeping well may actually alter the way our brain processes information, tackles situations and even affects the thought process. The study also found that participants who were given cognitive behavioural therapy experienced a 20% fall in depression and anxiety.

Experts at Harvard believe the same, "traditionally, clinicians treating patients with psychiatric disorders have viewed insomnia and other sleep disorders as symptoms. But studies in both adults and children suggest that sleep problems may raise risk for, and even directly contribute to, the development of some psychiatric disorders," as mentioned on Harvard Health's online portal.

How to sleep better?

1. Quit alcohol and smoking: "Alcohol initially depresses the nervous system, which helps some people fall asleep, but the effects wear off in a few hours and people wake up. Nicotine is a stimulant, which speeds heart rate and thinking. Giving up these substances is best, but avoiding them before bedtime is another option," as mentioned on Harvard Health's online portal.

2. Regulate your caffeine intake: Caffeine is known as a powerful stimulant and its excess consumption has been linked to promoting sleeplessness. A person should not consume more than 400mg of caffeine in a day from various sources.

3. Aswagandha: Indian Ginseng is known to have proven benefits for insomnia. You can consume the Ayurvedic ingredient in the form of tea, capsules, powdered mixture among others. Regular consumption of Ashwagandha may help induce sleep.

4. Tagar: Touted as one of the strongest herbs in Ayurveda, Tagar is excellent for treating insomnia. One part of the herb should be mixed with one part of valerian root powder and one part of chamomile. Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture along with a glass of warm milk right before turning in. The remedy is suggested by Ayurveda expert Dr. Vasant Lad in his book, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.

Get in touch with your healthcare expert and a certified Ayurveda expert to know more about the link between sleeplessness and mental ailments and natural ways to smooth out your erratic sleep pattern.

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