Medical ArticlesSecondary Eliminations Are Disease
However the exact form the chain from irritation or malnutrit...
The Woman At The Next Desk
IT may be the woman sewing in the next chair; it may ...
Action Balance Of
An excellent guide to the proper treatment of any case is to b...
Extent Of Electric Agency
When we have settled upon the position that the electricity o...
Symptoms Of Prolonged Foreign Body Sojourn In The Bronchus
1. The time of inhalation of a foreign body may be unknown ...
Anomalies Of The Esophagus
Congenital esophagotracheal fistulae are the most frequent of...
Importance Of Noting The Central Point
From the above observations, it will be plain that, when we w...
This is usually a bodily illness, though often regarded as men...
Auricular Fibrillation Auricular Flutter
Auricular fibrillation is at times apparently a clinical enti...
This is a severe pain in the lower back, shooting sharply down...
The Rational Care Of Self
A WOMAN who had had some weeks of especially difficul...
Other Bad Symptoms
These symptoms may present themselves with the rash standing ...
Removal Of Double Pointed Tacks
If the tack or staple be small, and lodged in a relatively l...
Urticaria Zoster Rubeola
_Urticaria_, _Zoster_ and _Rubeola_, are treated in the same ...
One of the most fruitful causes of ill-health is the habit of ...
To Prevent Typhoid Fever
When exposed, as in nursing the sick, take _Baptisia_ 2d, and...
Period Of Efflorescence Or Standing Out Of The Rash
During the first day or two of the period of efflorescence, w...
See Angina Pectoris. ...
Milk, Meat, And Other Protein Foods
Speaking of butter, how about milk? The dairy lobby is very p...
Baths And Bathing
Bathing as a Means of Cleanliness. It has been said that one ...
Source: Papers On Health
In search of sleep men do many things both dangerous
and foolish--sometimes even fatal. Sleeplessness arises in so many ways
and from so many causes, that it is often hard for the patient to find
a cure, and he will try anything in desperation. A little thought
should prevent this state of mind. For instance, we have a man who
tries to get sleep by fatiguing himself by long walks in the open air
or hard physical work of some kind, but he only grows worse. Now, a
little thought will show that sleep requires a certain amount of brain
energy. If the supply be below this amount, the brain is too tired to
sleep. Violent exercise of any kind will only make matters worse. So
"keeping people awake" all day is tried, to make them sleep at night.
It fails from the same reason--that it reduces brain power. All
narcotics in the end fail similarly. There comes a time when they have
so reduced brain power, that even an enormous dose fails to give sleep,
and the patient comes dangerously near poisoning himself--sometimes,
indeed, does so outright. In all these cases, that which has worn down
the brain must be given up as a first condition of cure. Whether
brain work, over-excitement and dissipation, alcohol or tobacco, the
cause must be removed, and rest taken in the open air, or in well
This done, we come to treatment. Soaping the head (see Head,
Soaping), or even the application of towels wrung out of cold water,
will often, when the cause has been removed, do all that is needed to
give sleep. These remedies, especially the first, should be at once
applied, if the sleeplessness is accompanied, as is usual, with heat
in the head. Even where the fevered head is connected with
indigestion, the stomach will be powerfully helped by a good soaping of
the head at bedtime. If, on the contrary, the head is cold, then warm
fomentations to it will be the proper treatment. Perhaps the very best
guide will be to aim at what will make both head and feet perfectly
comfortable, and both of natural heat. If cold, the feet must be
bathed or fomented, and the legs also up to the knees. Sometimes the
pouring of warm water in a douche over the head will act perfectly,
instead of the fomentation; but pouring cold water must be avoided,
or only very cautiously resorted to (see Sitz-Bath and Restlessness).
Sometimes sleeplessness proceeds from the use of bad drinking water,
through its effect on the stomach and bowels. In this case, of course,
the first thing is to see that no bad water is drunk. People cannot be
too careful about a water supply. Usually boiling for half-an-hour
renders water safe enough, but this is not always the case. Care must
then be taken to see that water from any corrupted source is not used.
When it is given up, treatment as above may be applied.
If the sleeplessness be caused by a nasty tickling cough, put a BRAN
POULTICE (see), or similar FOMENTATION (see) on the back behind
where the cough catches. Then change cold towels in front over the
same place. Soap the head, and sleep will probably soon come.
Where palpitation of the heart causes sleeplessness, change cold towels
over the heart, fomenting the feet if necessary, and the palpitation
will usually soon yield. See Brain; Children's Sleep; Exercise; Head;