Yourwellness Magazine Looks at Current Options for Insomnia Relief

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Whilst a Michigan panel debates the use of marijuana to treat insomnia, Yourwellness Magazine decided to explore current insomnia treatments.

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On Tuesday the 3rd of September, a Michigan panel met to hear from the public, who were asking to add insomnia and post traumatic stress disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in the state, The Lansing State Journal reported September 5th. The article, “Panel hears plea to expand medical marijuana use to include insomnia, PTSD,” noted that 20 supporters of marijuana use for insomnia and stroke spoke at a hearing held by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel. Joe Brown of the Michigan Hemp Company, commented, ‘For us, it’s not about getting high. It’s about getting well. We have enough science here to prove this works.’ (http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130905/NEWS01/309050045/New-panel-hears-plea-expand-medical-marijuana-use?nclick_check=1)

While the deliberations continue, Yourwellness Magazine decided to explore the current treatments for insomnia. Yourwellness Magazine explained, “The value of the sleep we get affects every other part of our life…People who suffer from insomnia suffer a major handicap. Without the essential rest and processing time, how can you face the day ahead? Insomnia is particularly affecting when it becomes a recurrent condition; some sufferers experience it over successive nights, for example. Such a lack of sleep can have a terrible impact on your wellbeing.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/01/how-to-cure-insomnia/#sthash.feGidYKU.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined both medical and natural ways to cure insomnia:

1. Tranquilisers. These will be prescribed by a doctor but are unlikely to break the cycle, and should be reserved for ‘sleep emergencies’ only.

2. Diet. Eating late at night is a major cause of insomnia, do don’t eat after 7pm as digestion will be sluggish after this time. Yoga practitioners insist that the last meal of the day should be eaten before sunset. Eat a small nutritious and easily digestible meal long before bedtime, as the body should not take up valuable energy in digesting.

3. Avoid stimulants. Avoid stimulating food and especially caffeine. Some people are particularly sensitive to caffeine and might still experience the effects many hours later.

4. Complementary therapies. Traditional Chinese Medicine combines acupuncture and ongoing herbal supplements which put the whole system in order. Yoga and meditation promote relaxation.

To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com.

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