Introduction behavioral treatments are also recommended and

Introduction toInsomnia      Insomnia isdefined as difficulty in fallingasleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so.

Peoplewith insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience oneor 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, USAestimates that roughly 30 percent of the general population complains of sleepdisruption, and approximately 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytimefunctional impairment consistent with the diagnosis ofinsomnia.       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 tooearly and not being able to get back to sleep, or waking up feelingun-refreshed) at least a few nights per week within the past year. Thirty-threepercent said they had at least one of these symptoms every night or almostevery night in the past year. The two most common symptoms, experienced atleast a few nights a week in the past year, included waking up feelingunrefreshed and waking up a lot during the night. A 2002 NSF Poll found that 63percent of women (versus 54 percent of men) experienced symptoms of insomnia atleast a few nights per week.          Other polls have found interestingtrends associated with insomnia. For example, 68 percent of adults ages 18 to29 report experiencing symptoms of insomnia, compared with 59 percent of adultsages 30 to 64, and only 44 percent of people over the age of 65.

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Notsurprisingly, parents report more insomnia symptoms than adults without childrenin the household (66 vs. 54 percent)      Although some medicinal drugs are usually prescribed to insomniavictims, to cure the disease, it is found that they cause certain side effectssuch as burning or tingling in the hands, arms,feet, or legs, Changes in appetite, Constipation, Diarrhea, difficulty keepingbalance, dizziness, Daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or throat etc. However some behavioraltreatments are also recommended and reported to be effective. But due to the longduration of such treatments, people do not show a great tendency toward them. 1.

2 Introduction toAyurvastra    Considering all these matters this researchfocuses 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 Ayurvedahealth care system, which is predating more than 5500 years, in order to curebroad range of diseases such as diabetes, skin infections, psoriasis, eczema,hypertension, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, rheumatism, cardiacproblems and even some forms of cancer. And it is believed to help restorebalance within the body’s systems and strengthen the immune system. Ayurvastrais an ancient technique prevalent before textile industrialization to dyeclothes with herbal dyes, which then acts as a barrier to the attack of variousmicroorganisms while soothing and gentling on the human skin.     Herbal textile is produced dyeing with theextractions, obtained from various natural herbs, such as turmeric, indigo,neem, tulsi, sandalwood, aloe Vera etc., which possess medicinal values andhealing properties. It is free from all synthetic chemical substances as thefabric manufacturing process, from weaving to finishing is precisely controlledand is not cooperated with any chemical additive at any stage.

Therefore herbaltextile technology presents number of benefits in the aspect of Well-being andhealthiness of human beings. It also supplies a solution for the sustainable developmentof textile industry.    The research will be executed based on thistechnique, using particular natural herbs and 100% organic cotton fabrics. Andits effectiveness of curing insomnia will also be investigated by a criticalanalysis.


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