Introduction to
Insomnia

 

     Insomnia is
defined as difficulty in falling
asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People
with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one
or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating,
mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

 

      The National Institutes of Health, USA
estimates that roughly 30 percent of the general population complains of sleep
disruption, and approximately 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytime
functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of
insomnia.

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       In a 2005 National Sleep Foundation
(NSF) Poll, more than half of people reported at least one symptom of insomnia
(difficulty falling asleep, waking up a lot during the night, waking up too
early and not being able to get back to sleep, or waking up feeling
un-refreshed) at least a few nights per week within the past year. Thirty-three
percent said they had at least one of these symptoms every night or almost
every night in the past year. The two most common symptoms, experienced at
least a few nights a week in the past year, included waking up feeling
unrefreshed and waking up a lot during the night. A 2002 NSF Poll found that 63
percent of women (versus 54 percent of men) experienced symptoms of insomnia at
least a few nights per week.

 

         Other polls have found interesting
trends associated with insomnia. For example, 68 percent of adults ages 18 to
29 report experiencing symptoms of insomnia, compared with 59 percent of adults
ages 30 to 64, and only 44 percent of people over the age of 65. Not
surprisingly, parents report more insomnia symptoms than adults without children
in the household (66 vs. 54 percent)

 

     
Although some medicinal drugs are usually prescribed to insomnia
victims, to cure the disease, it is found that they cause certain side effects
such as burning or tingling in the hands, arms,
feet, or legs, Changes in appetite, Constipation, Diarrhea, difficulty keeping
balance, dizziness, Daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or throat etc. However some behavioral
treatments are also recommended and reported to be effective. But due to the long
duration of such treatments, people do not show a great tendency toward them.

 

1.2 Introduction to
Ayurvastra

 

  Considering all these matters this research
focuses on investigating a textile remedy for insomnia, which is inspired by,
Herbal textile technology, referred to as Ayurvastra, in Ayurveda science.

    Ayurvastra has been prescribed in Ayurveda
health care system, which is predating more than 5500 years, in order to cure
broad range of diseases such as diabetes, skin infections, psoriasis, eczema,
hypertension, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, rheumatism, cardiac
problems and even some forms of cancer. And it is believed to help restore
balance within the body’s systems and strengthen the immune system. Ayurvastra
is an ancient technique prevalent before textile industrialization to dye
clothes with herbal dyes, which then acts as a barrier to the attack of various
microorganisms while soothing and gentling on the human skin.

     Herbal textile is produced dyeing with the
extractions, obtained from various natural herbs, such as turmeric, indigo,
neem, tulsi, sandalwood, aloe Vera etc., which possess medicinal values and
healing properties. It is free from all synthetic chemical substances as the
fabric manufacturing process, from weaving to finishing is precisely controlled
and is not cooperated with any chemical additive at any stage. Therefore herbal
textile technology presents number of benefits in the aspect of Well-being and
healthiness of human beings. It also supplies a solution for the sustainable development
of textile industry.

   The research will be executed based on this
technique, using particular natural herbs and 100% organic cotton fabrics. And
its effectiveness of curing insomnia will also be investigated by a critical
analysis.

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