Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Insomnia Folk Remedies

To sleep or not to sleep?

Either way there are plenty of insomnia folk remedies to address whichever side of the bed (so to speak) you wake up on. Here's one from "Early American Home Remedies" compiled by Elmer L. Smith, Applied Arts Publishers.

As a note: We do not recommend these practices. Please consult a medical expert to address your particular concerns and issues.

To Cure Insomnia


Do these exercises in bed just after retiring, one after another, until you fall asleep. Lie flat upon the back. Remove the pillow if the bed is level. Practice each exercise slowly:
  1. Raise the head and lower it fifty times.
  2. Grasp the large shoulder muscle (right) with the left hand. Swell and relax it fifty times.
  3. Same for left shoulder muscle, fifty times.
  4. Grasp the large muscle (triceps) on the back of upper arm (right). Swell and relax it fifty times
  5. Same for left arm, fifty times.
  6. Grasp the large muscle (biceps) on front of upper arm (right). Swell and relax it fifty times.
  7. Same for the left arm, fifty times.
  8. Grasp the forearm muscles (right) with left hand. Open and close hand forcibly fifty times.
  9. Same for left arm, fifty times.
  10. Grasp the large flat muscle (right side of chest). Swell and relax it fifty times.
  11. Same for left side, fifty times.
  12. Grasp the large under-thigh muscle (right). Swell and relax it fifty times.
  13. Same for the left thigh, fifty times.
  14. Grasp the large upper-thigh muscle (right). Swell and relax it fifty times.
  15. Same for the left thigh, fifty times. Note – The last two (12-13, 14-15) may be taken without the grasping; just contracting and relaxing at will.
  16. Exercise calf muscles (right) by extending ball of foot, then heel (ankle movement), fifty times.
  17. Same with the left calf, fifty times. Do not raise the leg.
  18. Stretch the big toe (right) back and forth, fifty times.
  19. Same way with the left big toe.
  20. If by this time sleep has not come to you, place yourself in your favorite position and raise your right thumb easily and relax it fifty times; then the same with each finger of the left hand, fifty times.
While practicing the foregoing you cannot worry over any business or other cares, and, in addition to fine muscular development as a result, you will be drawing the blood from the overfed brain. 

Nighty, night!

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