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Treatments for sleep disorders can be medications, therapy, surgery or lifestyle changes.

What natural insomnia cures should you choose for your sleep disorders?

But what is insomnia?

Insomnia is first and foremost a symptom and not a disease. This sleep disorder is characterized by difficulty in getting enough sleep, to the point where it hinders daily life activities.

Insomnia affects more than ten million people in France.

  1. Is massage an ideal solution for insomnia?
  2. Between work, stress, children and the daily rhythm, we are sometimes victims of insomnia. Before using drug treatment, why not try foot reflexology?
  3. In case of periodic or regular sleep problems, essential oils and their properties can be a good remedy to sleep pills and chemical relaxants often prescribed.

How can massage help you sleep?

In addition to the benefits of massage that are already known: better stress management as well as a decrease in muscle pain, let's look at others who are less well known and can help you get a better night's sleep.

Insomnia is the first form of sleep disorder, the most well known to most people. The individual who suffers from insomnia already suffers on his bed at night at the thought of not being able to fall asleep. He also does not have access to restorative sleep, to such an extent that he suffers from a state of unpleasant dormancy and irritability during the day. Although effective, sleeping pills can have a side effect on health over time. In this case, it is more appropriate to try massages.

In most cases, insomnia is the result of a psychological disorder. It occurs in cases of long-term stress, anxiety or nervous breakdown. These disorders, often neglected by most people, stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Various biological reactions occur when the sympathetic system is activated. The individual eventually experiences symptoms, which may worsen over time without adequate treatment, such as insomnia. During a massage, the practitioner's manual movements stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Gradually, the symptoms of insomnia disappear.

Massage increases serotonin and endorphin levels. 

Serotonin is a hormone in the central nervous system that regulates our biological clock.  Individuals with low serotonin levels end up with an unbalanced body clock, which most often leads to sleep disorders or even insomnia.

Endorphin is a hormone released by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. It acts as an analgesic on the body and provides a feeling of well-being. During a stressful time, the body produces adrenaline and cortisol hormones. Endorphin helps to counterbalance the accumulation of these stress hormones: as a result, the effect of cortisol and adrenaline is reduced on physical and mental health.

Massage stimulates the parasympathetic part of our nervous system, which reduces physical reactions to stress. It also soothes the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's automatic functions. All this allows your body to slow down and relax.

Regular massage therapy to regain good quality sleep is a great alternative to medication. Before you have any serious health problems, go to get a massage. Massage can help you get back to a good night's sleep.

Natural insomnia cures: which massages to choose?

Massages as natural insomnia cures are many and varied. Especially in people with chronic insomnia, massage therapists indicate connective tissue massage, such as in French massage.

The practitioner works in the back area during the massage. The effects of handwork are felt right down to the brain when it comes to connective tissue massage.

By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the practitioner limits excessive activity in the sympathetic nervous system and eliminates symptoms of stress, chronic fatigue and depression.

Foot reflexology, a remedy for insomnia

The foot, a good indicator of health

If drugs treat the symptoms of insomnia, foot reflexology deals with the factors at the same time. This is why before starting a foot reflexology session,  a evaluation with the practitioner is an essential step. This helps to define the exact origins of the disorder from which the patient suffers in order to overcome it in only a few sessions.

According to reflexologists, the condition of a foot is already an indicator of a person's health. A dry foot is a sign of a liver disorder, for example. A sweety foot is a sign of a dysfunction in the kidneys, blood system or heart.

Natural insomnia cures: foot reflexology

Massages on a person's soles help the blood to circulate better and release a new breath of oxygen and energy for the massage. This will restore a regular sleep rhythm and make him/her more relaxed.

To treat sleep disorders, a full massage of the soles of the feet is necessary. It is a question of stimulating all the points related to the digestive, respiratory, articular and muscular systems, without forgetting the endocrine system which allows the body to release melatonin, the sleep hormone.

Essential oils as natural insomnia cures

As natural insomnia cures, essential oils are extracted from plants in order to obtain a liquid of a powerful concentration that then doubles their effectiveness. How to use essential oils to get back to sleep and which ones to choose?

Which ones to choose?

Each essential oil has a part to play, whether through smell or touch, thanks to their powerful molecules. 

In the context of regulating sleep or seeking better sleep, it is recommended to use the following essential oils:

Good to know: in case of doubt or possible allergic reactions to essential oils, a visit or advice may be required from a pharmacist, a doctor or a naturopath.

  1. Roman chamomile, which reduces anxiety and restlessness
  2. true or fine lavender: its property is to soothe the brain while promoting the evacuation of stress
  3. marjoram that regulates emotions and calms mood swings
  4. ravintsara which restores balance to the immune system
  5. ylang-ylang which can be used as a supplement to real or fine lavender to manage stressful temporary situations

How to use essential oils for a better sleep?

Good to know: essential oils are powerful and should not be used on the body in pregnant women and children under 6 years of age

About an hour to 30 minutes before bedtime, the use of essential oils that promote sleep results in a ritual that calms and therefore promotes sleep.

  1. Cleanse and perfume the atmosphere of the bedroom with the help of an essential oil diffuser that will ensure a good distribution of the above-mentioned oils.
natural insomnia cures

Massage the temples, the solar plexus, the spine, the inside of the wrists and the arch of the foot with a set of essential oils special sleep mixed with grapeseed oil.

  1. Spray a mixture of ready-to-use essential oils on bedding such as sheets, duvet covers and pillows.
  2. Drink a cup of Roman chamomile herbal tea.
  3. Take a bath, at a temperature not exceeding 80°F (37 °C ), in which a few drops of each of the essential oils that help you sleep will have been previously poured.

For example, in order to obtain a massage oil with essential oils for sleep, it is advisable to mix in a bottle:

  1. 100 drops of a neutral vegetable oil such as grapeseed oil
  2. 6 drops of Ravintsara essential oil
  3. 3 drops of marjoram essential oil
  4. 6 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil

The oil thus obtained can be applied every evening a little before or at bedtime to the parts of the body mentioned above.

Where to find natural insomnia cures in France?

Sleep disorder treatment in Molitg-les-Bains and Bains-les-Bains

Sleep disorder treatment in Saujon


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