How to Use a Pinch of Nutmeg to Fight Insomnia and Sleep Problems

Not being able to fall asleep is a feeling that everybody has experienced. But when it becomes chronic conditions, it is certainly not pleasant at all, especially if it happens after a tough day. Roughly about 30% of adult Americans suffer from insomnia, 10 % of which are blaming it to daytime concerns and consequences.

It means that approximately one in three Americans is not getting  enough amount of sleep, and that approximately one in ten Americans are affected severely by this condition. In addition, almost half of Americans do complain that they are not having sufficient amount of sleep, regardless whether they are diagnosed with insomnia or not.

As a solution to this problem, plenty of people are trying to find help in pharmaceutical medicines, but they soon realize that it is only short term solution. In addition, pharmaceutical medicines have wide-ranging side effects, like dizziness, headache, unusual dreams, diarrhea, burning or tickling in the limbs, uncontrollable shaking, weakness, difficulty keeping balance, changes in appetite, stomach pain, constipation, memory and attention problems, flatulence, and heartburn.

Sleep Deprivation And Insomnia

Insomnia and sleep deprivation includes symptoms like having a trouble to fall asleep, not being able to sleep well because of frequent waking up all through the night, not getting enough deep sleep, or waking up early in the mornings.

The most common reasons of insomnia include hypertension, anxiety and depression, or other medical problems.

There are plenty of unkind symptoms that follow insomnia, such as decreased cognitive function, poor memory, upset stomach, moodiness, problems with coordination, anger, lack of concentration, etc. Here are some great news! Besides chamomile tea and relaxing music, nutmeg can be very successful in treatment of sleep deprivation and insomnia. If you suffer from insomnia and you want to avoid bad side effects of sleeping pills, you should try it!

Nutmeg For Sleep Deprivation And Insomnia

Nutmeg is a spice that is usually used in kitchen because of its particular smell and taste. Yet, it is rarely known that it has powerful sedative properties. It is due to its content myristicin, which inhibits stress-causing enzymes.

Here are a few recommendations for consumption of nutmeg:

  • Nutmeg must be consumed in moderate amounts, one pinch only
  • When in high amounts, a nutmeg is linked with hallucinations and toxicity. You should never take more than ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg; and it is recommended to consult your physician prior using it on regular basis.
  • Consult your physician if you are taking any medications because nutmeg can interfere with some medications.
  • Nutmeg is not recommended for children and pregnant women (because of potential high dosage toxicity, although it is very rare side effect).

How To Consume Nutmeg

It is a very simple recipe. Just mix ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder with one teacup of water. Drink it before sleep time. You will have even have better effects if you prepare nutmeg&honey mixture: mix ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder with one tbsp. of honey and consume it before sleep time.

Sources: besthealthyguide.com