THOSE suffering from sleeplessness should hesitate to fly to sleep producing medicines. The most dangerous thing about sleeplessness consists in sleeping draughts. There is an enormous demand for these medicines, and manufacturers are only too ready to fulfil them.
When some sleeping medicine has become thoroughly discredited because of its harmfulness, the manufacturers put another medicine on the market and publish statements proclaiming the absolute harmlessness of the new products.
There is no harmless sleeping medicine. All of them are dangerous. The only safe course consists in producing sleep naturally. Those who are troubled with insomnia should look to their diet. They should not take meals shortly before going to bed, and they should not eat indigestible foods.
Very frequently onions in some form or other promote sleep. Some people are helped to sleep by taking milk in some from or other, while others are kept awake for hours after having had a glass of warm or cold milk, or one of their favourite milk preparations.
Physical exertion promotes sleep. A sharp walk before going to bed is an excellent sleeping medicine to many. Some find a hot bath or a hot foot-bath conducive to sleep, while other are kept awake by them. Everyone must find out what suits him best.
People who have a hot head in bed cannot sleep because the head s congested. hot foot-bath may be the finest sleeping medicine for them, while those who have a cold head in bed will secure good sleep by wearing a warm cap.
Elaborate instructions for securing sleep by certain exercises, certain postures, by counting imaginary sheep passing, certain postures, by counting imaginary sheep passing thought a gate, etc., are worthless in most cases. Those who cannot sleep should try to get the most complete physical and mental rest by lying quietly, thoroughly relaxed, with the eyes closed. It is disastrous to switch on the light and read, turning night into day.