Scientists say that most of the studied complementary health approaches appear to be safe. Relaxation techniques can be found among the top in safety and effectiveness.
Studies have also been conducted on women, post menopause, suffering from insomnia, and one of the most effective techniques for decreasing this disorder was found to be yoga – a form of meditation and relaxation.
Massage therapy was another highly effective technique – involved with relaxation, meditation and stress relief.
Acupuncture And Hypnosis
Other less-studied techniques, such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture have had less promising results. Hypnosis is said to enhance effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques and not enough studies have been done on the effects of acupuncture to determine any positive results when tested on insomniac patients.
Dietary Supplements and Herbs
As discussed earlier, Melatonin supplements are the most researched method for treatment of insomnia.
Probably one of the most studied of the complementary health approaches.
Iinsomnia has been through 19 studies in 2013 alone, which concluded that insomnia patients who took melatonin supplements tended to fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer and receive a better night’s rest.
However, unfortunately, even though the data here is promising, Melatonin still performed significantly lower than other sleep aids.
Herbs have also been tested – the most popular herbal sleep aids are found listed below:
- Valerian Root
- Lemon Balm
Herbal studies on people, however are still few and far between.
Other Complimentary Health Approaches:
Probably the most widely known approach, other than herbs, and medications is Aromatherapy. Even though it is widely used, not a lot of conclusive evidence has been found that shows Aromatherapy to be an effective sleep aid.
Additionally, doctors and scientists alike warn that tiredness throughout the day and trouble sleeping does not always mean you have a sleep disorder.
They counsel to go to bed early, rise with the sun, and get the prescribed hours of sleep for your age and health. If you don’t know the recommended amount of sleep – charts can be found online, or you can check with your doctor.
Talk To Your Doctor
More important than almost any of the studies or techniques is speaking with a physician before starting on any treatment on your own.
What to do with insect problems?
You should discuss with your health care provider the method you are planning on trying, and remember – don’t be afraid to ask questions, talk about concerns and discuss your viable options.
Most importantly, while the methods discussed are all-natural, all-natural does not always mean healthy. Another thing to keep in mind when trying these natural, complementary methods, is combining techniques.
Combination of herbs, supplements and other over-the-counter medications must definitely be discussed with a physician for your health and safety.