How To Use a Pinch of Nutmeg to Fight Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Written by: Kavata Kithome
How Nutmeg May Help Improve Insomnia
Imagine for a moment you are laying on your bed, you look at your clock on the nightstand and see it’s 3:00am. You haven’t slept a wink, you have been tossing and turning all night, while praying to the slumber gods to grant you just one night of sweet sleep.
Does this sound familiar?
To me there is nothing worse than not being able to fall asleep after a long day. Did you know that “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 1 in 10 of them. Almost half of Americans complain about not getting enough sleep, regardless of an insomnia diagnoses.”
As you may know, I really do enjoy my sleep and I have written articles on strategies to achieve better quality sleep. This is because I really do believe that sleep is an integral part of great health.
Here is a little story: I have a coworker who has a hard time sleeping. I’ve recommend most if not all of the strategies in my articles and still nothing. This inspired me to go looking for another healthy alternative. This is especially because she usually uses pharmaceuticals to aid her in sleep.
While pharmaceuticals may help in the short term, they can present side effects like burning or tingling in the limbs, changes in appetite, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty keeping balance, dizziness, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth and throat, flatulence, headache, heartburn, impairment the next day, mental slowing/problems with attention and memory, stomach pain and tenderness, uncontrollable shaking, unusual dreams and weakness. Who wants any of that, am I right?
I think it is important to understand what sleep deprivation is:
Insomnia And Sleep Deprivation
Insomnia is a common diagnosis for people who are unable to sleep due to a variety of factors, such as having a hard time falling asleep, frequently waking up during the night, waking up too early or simply just not getting a deep, restful 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 and illnesses.
Not getting enough sleep is not fun for anyone and can cause disagreeable symptoms that can affect your daily life and overall quality of life. Symptoms like fatigue, moodiness, irritability, anger, anxiety, lack of concentration, poor memory, lower cognitive function, lack of energy, headaches or migraines, upset stomach and lack of coordination.
With symptoms like these, how can anyone get anything done? These symptoms are not just a nuisance, but can also be dangerous.
Now that I have explained the side effects of sleeping pills and insomnia, let me get to the point of why I even began writing this article. Aside from chamomile, soft music and the like, I’ve found that nutmeg can be used for insomnia and sleep deprivation.
Nutmeg For Insomnia
Full disclosure about me, I use nutmeg very sparingly. That is because it has a strong flavor, therefore, it is one of those spices in my spice rack that just sits waiting to be used.
But I have since learned that nutmeg has been shown to be a powerful sedative that can help in both cases of insomnia and sleep deprivation. This is because it is a rich source of myristicin, a natural organic compound that inhibits the release of enzymes that cause stress, which can help lead to a restful sleep.
Here are some suggestions on how to use nutmeg for a restful sleep. But before we dive into that, here are a few housekeeping tips:
- Nutmeg should only be taken in moderation; remember a little goes a long way (1 pinch).
- Since nutmeg has been linked to hallucinations and even toxicity in high measurements. You should never exceed ¼ teaspoon and only take nutmeg under the supervision of your doctor.
- Please note that this is not recommended for children and pregnant women due to potential toxicity; although it is rare, it still would not be advised.
- Nutmeg can react with certain medications that you might be taking, so be sure to consult with your doctor before starting this natural remedy.
How To Use Nutmeg
For a simple recipe, mix one-quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg powder with one cup of water (8 or more ounce) and drink it an hour before going to bed.
If that doesn’t work for you, try nutmeg honey mix: mix one pinch of nutmeg powder with one spoon of honey and have it at least 15 minutes before going to bed.
Now I want to hear from you. Have you tried nutmeg for insomnia? Please share your experience and tips in the comments below.
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Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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