Wake Up to Better Sleep: Top 5 homeopathic helpers

We have a weird and tenuous relationship with sleep. About a third of us will wrestle with insomnia at some point in our lives, and hardly any of us seem to get enough quality pillow time. Sleep deprivation has been blamed for such epic disasters as the Chernobyl nuclear accident and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. On a significantly smaller scale, but one you may be personally acquainted with, there’s the issue of missing keys. Or trying to come up with someone’s name, seconds before you have to introduce him. And then there’s remembering where you parked the car. Or what you’re actually shopping for. Yes, in addition to making you feel less tired, sleep is a great memory improver. It also makes you less prone to high blood pressure, or hypertension—conditions that increase the risk of stroke or heart attack. A good night’s rest even impacts your smile, and not just because you’re less cranky. Sleep boosts your immune system, and healthy immunity means better teeth. All good reasons to keep a few of the following homeopathic sleep remedy essentials in your medicine cabinet. Match your symptoms with the proper remedy, drop a few tiny pills under your tongue, and prepare for dreamland. Arnica montana Feeling a little like Goldilocks these days? If your sleepless symptoms include feeling that your bed’s suddenly too hard or uncomfortable, and you’re physically or mentally exhausted but can’t sleep, consider Arnica. Not just for bruises and sprains, it treats exhaustion and insomnia with symptoms that may include sore muscles. Cocculus indicus Feelings of anxiety and bodily restlessness point toward this remedy, especially if you’re experiencing prolonged sleep loss—staying up all night taking care of someone, for example. It’s also good for sleeplessness from jet lag. Coffea cruda A perfect illustration of homeopathy’s credo: Like cures like. This unroasted coffee remedy treats symptoms that include too much mental activity and overexcitement from good or bad news. It’s good for sensitive, intelligent folks experiencing sleeplessness brought on by emotional shock and fatigue. Nux vomica Everyone’s go-to remedy after an evening of overindulgence, whether food or drink, Nux is good for the insomnia that may follow. It’s also handy if you’re more mentally active in the evening or tend toward anger or hypersensitivity, and it can be helpful after too much coffee. Sulphur If you wake in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, you may want a dose of sulphur, a good remedy if you’re sleepy during the day but ruminating from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Another diagnostic tip-off: Your feet may be hot and feel better out from under the covers. These homeopathic helpers will not only put a smile on your face—now we know they’ll actually keep that smile healthier.