Valerian Remedy To Menopause-Related Insomnia

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Menopause is a difficult stage to pass through and most of our parents aged 50 years and above and grandparents can attest to that. Menopause involves physical, psychological and social changes which makes it all the more difficult for a woman. Because of the hormonal changes and imbalance that occurs, a person undergoing menopause may suffer from mood swings, depression and other bodily signs and symptoms.

One of the worst things that a woman having menopause may suffer from is insomnia or the inability to sleep and maintain a good amount of sleep at night. Drugs are available to help a person achieve proper sleep but such drugs can lead to long term effects. But several studies have been conducted linking insomnia management with the use of Valerian—a Greek and Roman herb used even during the ancient times to manage health problems. And while modern medicine is still split as to whether the herb really works, several studies have already put the said plant to test.

In a study conducted by researchers in Tehran University (Iran), thirty percent of subjects showed relief from insomnia and showed improvement in their sleep quality which included the length of time it takes for them to doze off and the frequency of waking up while they are asleep. The group who took placebos, on the other hand, only showed improvement among three percent of their population. Side effects were also mild, according to the researchers which make the valerian herb capsule worth trying.

According to the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, further studies need to be conducted in ascertaining the long term effects of this drug. There are also studies which resulted to contrary results, showing weak findings in terms of Valerian. Some studies also claim a better outcome among patients engaged in yoga, tai-chi and acupressure.

Meanwhile, a quick research on Google yielded the following top tips in preventing insomnia:

-          Avoid strenuous activities an hour before bed. It is also suggested to turn off stimulating activities like watching TV, surfing the internet and listening to music a few hours before sleep. This allows the brain to condition itself prior to sleeping.

-          Drinking sleep inducing beverages like milk, chamomile or jasmine tea may also help. These beverages relax your mind and body leading to better sleep experiences.

-          Similarly, having a warm shower before sleep makes your body more relaxed and mind more conducive for sleep. A relaxed body will yield to better sleep outcomes.

-          Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine or soda drinks before sleeping. These drinks may contain caffeine and other chemicals which will literally keep you awake for hours.

-          Lastly, try not to sleep during the day. Most people who report inability to sleep early are known to spend a few hours during day time taking a nap. Reserve your “will” to sleep during the night as sleeping at night is much different from sleeping during the day.

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