Unfortunately, insomnia is big business. Due to just how unnatural our lifestyles are, the delicate chemical balance in our bodies that allow us to sleep can be easily disrupted, and the answer to this for the majority of doctors is some form of pill.
Insomnia medication often comes with a wide range of side-effects, that include dizziness and vertigo, nerve issues, dry mouth, headaches, diarrhea, and other more serious issues.
What’s more, like most mainstream medication, these pills don’t actually correct any sort of problem. They just put you to sleep.
Failure to address the root cause of the insomnia creates a feedback loop that forces most people into a dependency scenario. It’s not uncommon for people to rely on pills in order to sleep for months or even years.
These kinds of medications are also routinely abused, because you build up a tolerance over time.
There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Tossing and turning all night is a recipe for ill health and stress.
Being interested in holistic health and personal self-mastery for over a decade, I’ve become finely attuned to my body’s needs when it comes to sleep.
I know exactly what causes insomnia and what cures it, from an holistic point of view.
Let’s be clear: insomnia isn’t some kind of “disease” or “illness.”
These are classifications doctors use to better label sets of symptoms and thereby prescribe you a pill as an answer to something with a name.
The reality is, insomnia is merely a condition of the body brought on by certain unbalances.
Fixing the unbalances is the goal here. Nothing else.
What Exactly is Insomnia?
The state of chronically not being able to sleep, or suffering from poor (restless) sleep, is a condition of the body that can be caused by a multitude of factors.
Most commonly, it’s simply the cause of an unnatural lifestyle.
You have to look at several things when you discuss sleep patterns: circadian rhythms, digestion, bodily conditioning, metabolism, energy usage, and diet.
Before claiming that you have some kind of “sleep illness,” be sure that you are:
- Actually going to bed at a decent hour and not oversleeping
- Eating healthy and not eating a ton of processed foods
- Eating at proper times and not right before bed
- Not consuming too much coffee and energy drinks
- Not staring at computer or phone screens for prolonged periods of time right before bed
- Getting ample sunlight, especially during peak hours (right before and after noon)
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and staying hydrated in general
- Working out on a fairly regular basis, and not just aerobics. It’s crucial that you tear and rebuild muscle
- Burning a good amount of calories per day
- Practicing mindfulness and not allowing your body to become overly stressed
If you can honestly say with a straight face that you regularly engage in all these practices and lead a relatively holistic lifestyle, yet you still have sleep issues, it may mean you have a chemical imbalance.
This video illustrates how unnatural lifestyle habits lead to insomnia and poor health, and it’s becoming endemic.
This can only be corrected by a more aggressive holistic regimen. Not being able to sleep properly nearly almost means the metabolism is off, the circadian rhythms are off because of your sleep or phone habits, or a chemical imbalance developed over time because of poor diet.
There are ways to correct these imbalances, both with diet and exercise, as well as with herbal remedies.
Here are the big three holistic cures for insomnia that don’t have harmful side effects and will actually give you results.
1. The Power of CBD Oil
I would say that if you’re going the herbal remedy route, CBD Oil is probably your best bet.
Some swear by melatonin, but the problem with that is, you are ingesting hormones that your body can and should already be naturally producing in the right amounts to allow you to sleep.
If you are not producing the right amount of melatonin, taking supplements will only patch the problem, it won’t fix it. In the long run, it could even make it worse.
I would take melatonin over any mainstream medication like Ambien without question. At least melatonin supplements are by and large a “natural” product, though this can differ somewhat depending on the brand.
The bottom line is, you don’t want to just stuff your body with hormones. That isn’t an answer.
You want to live holistically and encourage your body to right itself.
Most people need a gentler push than even melatonin provides, and it’s much more natural to do this without the use of hormones.
CBD Oil basically works like an anxiety medication without the harmful side-effects, which means it stops certain receptors from firing. Just a little bit can act as a sleep aid, if stress or bodily anxiety is one of the root causes of your insomnia.
Paired with regular intense workouts and a primarily plant-based diet, you can eliminate your insomnia.
2. Lavender and Chamomile, Reliable Herbal Cures
Both of these herbs have a long history of being used in natural medicine. While not as overtly powerful as CBD Oil, the effects of lavender and chamomile can’t be ignored.
Each herb has numerous benefits, like most herbal remedies tend to have, but both have a proven record of aiding sleep due to their natural compounds.
Lavender for example is both an anxiety reliever and mild sedative, and has virtually no side effects. Because it also has mild pain relief ability, it has been a staple natural cure for thousands of years.
One great thing about this marvelous plant is that it can be administered in a variety of ways, including orally, in aromatherapy, and as a tea. All forms have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Often, inhaling the steam from a good cup of lavender tea is enough to set someone on the road to sleep.
You’ll find that lavender is often paired with chamomile when in tea form, because both approach insomnia symptoms from different angles.
Chamomile relaxes and is anti-inflammatory, and has specific antioxidants that naturally induce sleep. It’s also been used for the better part of the last 2000 years as a sleep aid and overall tonic.
The essential oil of this plant is commonly used in therapeutic practices to help people relax. Its beneficial nutritional properties also improve skin health.
Either of these herbs works as a solid addition to any healthy regimen to cure insomnia. Paired with exercise and a proper diet, they can be extremely effective.
The best part is, because they are natural herbs, you run very little risk of side effects or overdosing. Lavender and chamomile specifically are two of the most “gentle” herbs on our systems, and can be used for extended periods of time without acquiring a dependency or complications.
3. Work Your Body Naturally
This may be the most important bit of advice here, and not just for curing insomnia. We’re talking about your health over the long-term.
You need to get out of the mindset that the modern world has the answers you seek.
Hint: it doesn’t and never will.
The only answers to these unnatural maladies of our society is with natural solutions.
Doing what we would be doing in nature. Doing what our species did for millions of years.
Guarantee, the vast, vast majority of animals in the wild don’t have insomnia. They never get insomnia.
Because they live a natural life.
Movement, energy expenditure, and proper diet.
Specifically for our purposes here, we have to discuss movement.
Insomnia is largely caused by chemical imbalances, but also by your circadian rhythms being off.
Get up. Move around. Go outside. Work your body.
We recommend movement exercises that work your body in an holistic fashion. Practices like tai chi and yoga were developed in part because they were meant to work our body in ways we would be in nature, but don’t due to the comforts of modern society.
Animals twist and turn, stay supple and bendy, and use their entire musculature their entire life.
Nothing degrades on them until very old age, because they are constantly using their whole body. This also keeps their metabolism in peak condition.
This is what you should be striving for. You need to be working the muscles you don’t normally use, like your abdominal, obliques, upper trapezius, and lower back.
Your core should be defined and toned. You should be regularly “feeling the burn” in your shoulders, thighs, calves, and lower back.
Even if you have no desire for building muscle and looking like a body builder, you want to be tearing and rebuilding muscle on a regular basis.
This is the recipe for good sleep and a cure that annihilates the vast majority of insomnia cases.
Natural movement, healthy metabolism, lots of energy burning.
If you suffer from insomnia, it is in your best interest to take up some form of martial discipline, weight lifting, or self-mastery course like the kind we developed.
Herbal supplements and even CBD are just methods of easing into a healthier lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to rely on any outside substance specifically for sleep for long periods of time, even if those substances aren’t dangerous.
Take control of your insomnia and start moving around.
Follow the guidance of nature and you will see results. I’ve seen this time and time again in my research and experiences.
We’re biologically wired to be healthy when we’re doing what we evolved to do.
Move around. Thank me later.
The founder of Digital Sages, Matt has an extensive background in self-mastery and has authored several books on the subject. His goal is to demystify important esoteric subjects and help people transform their lives through self-awareness and personal empowerment.