treatment name Homoeopathic approach in insomnia

Dr Arun S Raj

To build greater awareness of homeopathy as an effective health care choice by the public through:

Insomnia or sleeplessness is a common problem in the modern world: so many people live such busy lives, rushing from one place to the next, and from one task to the next. And we are surrounded by noise – noise from traffic, washing machines, air conditioning, televisions, children’s stereo etc. In cities, it is quite common for such noise to continue all night. Fortunately, human beings are designed to be adaptive, and most of us learn to filter out unwanted noise. However, when we are under stress these natural adaptive mechanisms don’t function so well.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.
Some common causes of insomnia in adults include:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety or fear
  3. Excitement
  4. Pain
  5. Shift work or overwork
  6. Noise
  7. New baby
  8. Old age
  9. Eating late
  10. Alcohol, coffee, tea or other stimulants
  11. Uncomfortable bed or bed too small
  12. Cold
  13. Insufficient exercise.

In children causes include:

There is no one easy answer to insomnia: finding and treating the cause is the most effective solution. In some cases there will be several causes. Sleeping tablets will often help, but they are not always effective, they can be addictive and they may have side-effects. Also, they do nothing to solve the underlying problem.

If the underlying problem is addressed then sometimes this alone will restore normal healthy sleep patterns. In some cases a multi-faceted approach is necessary. Any serious causes of insomnia should, of course, be treated under the supervision of an appropriate health professional.

Some tips for insomnia:

Homoeopathy approach in Insanity:
As always with homoeopathy, the remedy must be chosen according to the symptoms of the individual. Some of the remedies commonly used are:


The patient’s sleep may be accompanied by moaning and tossing about.
There may be nocturnal sleeplessness, sometimes with the desire to sleep and useless efforts to go to sleep, mostly because of feelings of great anguish or agitation.Dreams may be described as anxious, terrible, frightful and vivid. 

They may be about fires, robbers and assassins, or may be meditative dreams. On closing the eyes in order to go to sleep, the patient sees frightful visions and experiences jerking in the limbs. This remedy is often used during childhood fevers.

This remedy is commonly indicated in teething children. They have difficulty falling asleep, and demand things only to refuse them. They want to be picked up and carried, but this only helps for a short time.

The patient experiences drowsiness, with anxious thoughts and rapid respiration. This is especially associated with fear of dying. The patient is sleepless because of anxiety, constantly agitated and tosses about

These children are very impressionable and may have difficult falling asleep if anything disturbing has happened during the day. They may have nightmares about being left by parents and they like to be rocked to sleep.

They have a tremendous fear of the dark or fear of violence. If you are new to homoeopathy, it is best to stick to the sixth potency, and to take one dose every evening before bed. If you are more familiar with using homoeopathy remedies, then you might use the 30th potency, though this is best used for more acute situations. If you need to take the remedy nightly for some time, then the sixth potency is better.

Herbal teas are beneficial for many people and a wide variety of these are also easily obtained. The name of the tea will usually indicate its properties, for example Night-time, Sleepytime, and so on.
Do not continue taking any remedy ad infinitum. If you find that you need to keep taking the remedies you should seek professional help.