Sleepless nights and insomnia can be caused by a number of reasons. Anxiety, stress and depression are some of the disturbing factors leading to sleeplessness. This is disturbing because most adults are subjected to one form of anxiety or stress and may have periods of depression as well.
It goes without saying therefore that we are all prone to insomnia or sleeplessness. There are some medications that can cause sleeplessness; pain prescriptions, heart and blood pressure medicines as well as antihistamines can cause anxiety and restlessness in a person.
Whatever is responsible for your insomnia there is a homemade solution that should rectify the problem.
Making banana tea
Banana is rich in potassium and magnesium, the latter helps restore regular sleep patterns and these two minerals help to relax your muscles and induce sleep.
The banana peel is actually very rich in magnesium and potassium and should be used when preparing the tea, make sure you buy organic banana and not the GMO ones as these have harmful pesticides that cannot be easily washed off. You don’t want to be ingesting these chemicals now do you?
The banana tea has a great taste and is a simple tea to prepare, in just 10 minutes you can make this tea and drink it at night just before bedtime.
- Organic banana – 1
- A small pot of clean water
- Cinnamon – a pinch
- First put your banana into the pot of water that should be boiling on a stove. Ensure that you cut both ends of the banana and that you leave the peel on.
- Let the banana boil for about 10 minutes; strain the water after wards into a mug.
- You can add a pinch of cinnamon to the tea.
- It is advisable that you drink this tea an hour before you go to bed.
- Don’t throw away the banana in the pot you can eat it as well.
The dangers of off-the-counter sleeping pills
It’s no surprise that one of the most common medications in the homes of Americans is sleeping pills. It is no big deal to see parents, young adults and children swallowing these pills before they go to bed because of their sleeping disorder.
These pills are categorized as sedative hypnotics and just like other similar drugs they are benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Valium and Xanax are Benzodiazepines and can be very addictive medications. These drugs are used to induce drowsiness in patients with anxiety syndrome while Barbiturates are used as sedatives and anesthetics as they help to relax the central nervous system when administered.
Sleeping pills are known to cause some of these problems;
- Stomach pains
- General body weakness
- Parasomnias (activities done by you without you realizing it)
- Difficulty concentrating and foggy memory
- Shaking uncontrollable
It has also been seen that sufferers of asthma or COPD who take sleeping pills could be endangering their lives because the pills tend to slow down breathing rhythm significantly.
Effects of sleep deprivation to the body
It is recommended that you get an average of eight hours of sleep each day. If your body lacks proper rest you tend to get tired easily, you will be weak and this will make you generally unproductive at work. You will also find it hard to focus and concentrate for long periods on simple tasks.
Other health problems of sleep deprivation include obesity, cancer and diabetes. Not getting sufficient sleep and rest can really impact adversely to your health. So try using this natural banana tea as part of your daily dietary plan and tap into its health benefits.