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Millions of people are suffering from insomnia or some other type of sleeping disorder. Not being able to fall asleep is not a simple problem and is definitely not healthy. Insomnia is a debilitating condition which can affect every aspect of your life.

The condition is usually caused by biological factors, unhealthy sleep patterns, psychiatric and physical medical conditions. According to scientists, it can occur due to mild or more severe factors and is caused by the confusion of the brain between the sleep and wake cycle. Here are some of the most common factors for insomnia:

Neurological conditions

Endocrine problems (thyroid disorders)

Chronic pain

Nasal / sinus allergies

Gastrointestinal problems

Lower back pain

Arthritis

Asthma

Insomnia can also be caused by smoking, alcohol abuse and eating heavy and spicy meals before going to bed. Chronic insomnia is a big problem which can affect the quality of your life and increases the risk of depression and hypertension (high blood pressure). The condition causes symptoms such as low motivation and energy, mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, poor memory, irritability and inability to focus.

Doctors usually prescribe sleeping pills for insomnia such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates and other hypnotic drugs. The most commonly prescribed are benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, and Librium. Barbiturates are second on the list and act by depressing the central nervous system, sedating your body and inducing drowsiness. All these drugs cause numerous side-effects such as headaches, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, heartburn, weakness, memory problems, stomach pain, dry mouth or throat, changes in appetite, dizziness, uncontrollable shaking, a burning sensation in different body parts and loss of balance. Luckily, there is a natural ingredient that can treat insomnia.

Nutmeg against insomnia

Nutmeg is a great natural remedy against any kind of sleeping disorder. The spice has numerous health benefits – it can detoxify your body, relieve pain, strengthen your immune system, improve your skin health, stimulate digestion and improve blood circulation. It also has a mild sedative effect on the system which can help you in cases of insomnia. All you need to treat the condition is a cup of nutmeg tea.Just grind a nutmeg and add ¼ of a teaspoon to a glass of warm water. You should drink the remedy at least 4-5 hours before going to bed and you will soon get rid of your sleeping troubles. However, nutmeg can cause hallucinations, so make sure to consume the remedy in limited amounts. If you experience any hallucination, stop drinking it immediately!

Watch the video below to learn how to prepare a cup of nutmeg tea that can treat insomnia: