Approximately 30% of American adults suffer from insomnia, with 10% saying that it results in consequences during the daytime. This means that almost 1 in 3 of every American adult is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, and it is severely affecting the lives of 1 in every 10 of them. Almost half of Americans complain about not getting enough sleep, regardless of an insomnia diagnoses.
In order to combat this sleeplessness, many Americans have been looking towards pharmaceuticals to help them, and the sleeping pill industry began to boom as a result. Although these sleeping pills fixed patient’s short-term sleeping problems, along with them came a whole new set of problems in the form of side effects.
Thankfully there is an effective, all-natural way to combat sleeplessness and insomnia without the side effects of sleeping pills. But first, let’s take a deeper look at sleep deprivation.
Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia
Unfortunately, thousands of people are diagnosed with insomnia each year. Insomnia is described as an inability to sleep caused by different things like waking up in the middle of the night, problems falling asleep, waking up much earlier than needed or having the low quality sleep.
Causes of insomnia are said to be made up of either biological, psychological or social factors. These can include anxiety, depression, high blood pressure or medical problems or illnesses.
Insomnia is slightly different from sleep deprivation. This is because insomnia is generally defined by having the proper resources and environment to sleep in, but having internal factors that keep you from sleeping. Sleep deprivation is slightly different, as it can be caused by insomnia but can also be caused by external factors such as loud noises, being physically uncomfortable or being surrounded by too much light.
Although the causes of insomnia and sleep deprivation can be different, the outcome is the same, and that is a lack of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that can affect your daily life. Here are some of those symptoms:
– Mood swings
– Chronic fatigue
– Anger and bad temper
– Lack of concentration
– Bad memory
– Fatigue throughout the day
– Reduced cognitive functions
– Migraines and/or headaches
– Lack of energy
– Poor coordination
– Nausea and digestive problems.
All these symptoms should not be viewed as some kind of minor problems, the fact is that they have the potential to lead to many serious problems and this is especially true in cases where the individual dealing with these symptoms is involved in activities like driving, operating machinery etc.
High rates of insomnia occur between the age of 40 and 60 as well as the elderly are the category of people with higher risk of developing insomnia. Women are also more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. If you fall under the at-risk demographic, are experiencing any of the typical symptoms of insomnia (most important being the lack of sleep) then you should consider getting tested for insomnia.
Side Effects Associated with Sleeping Pills
Although sleeping pills can be effective at putting somebody to sleep, they almost always come with a large list of side effects that can often incapacitate a person more than symptoms of insomnia would. Here are some of those side effects:
Eating significantly more food or less food
Tingling or burning sensation in the legs or arms
Difficulty managing balance
Dry throat and mouth
Mental issues associated with memory and attention
Shaking that cannot be controlled
Stomach tenderness and aches
As you can see, the side effects that come from sleeping pills outnumber the side effects of lack of sleep. This is another reason why you should think twice before using sleeping pills.
The prevalence of these side effects may be due to the fact that sleeping pills work by depressing the central nervous system, which can lead to a variety of problems. What’s worse is that many of these sleeping pills have also proven to be very addictive and have consumed many people’s lives, whether they were using it for sleeping or not.
How Can Nutmeg Help You Fight Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia?
Nutmeg is a great natural cure for both insomnia and sleep deprivation. It is a rich source of myristicin, a natural organic compound that inhibits the release of enzymes that cause stress. Since stress is one of the many factors that play a role in insomnia, this makes nutmeg effective at making sure one has a more peaceful sleep.
Nutmeg has also been shown to be a powerful sedative, which means in can help in both cases of insomnia in sleep deprivation. For people with insomnia that have trouble initially falling asleep, nutmeg can help speed up the process. For people who have sleep deprivation due to outside factors, nutmeg can help one fall asleep through them.
We recommend mixing one quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg powder with one cup of water and drinking it an hour before going to bed. Although some people claim that too much nutmeg can cause hallucinations and psychiatric problems, there is little to no scientific evidence backing up these claims, however if you are still worried about these possible side effects make sure to take nutmeg in moderation.