“Onions is the answer” as a “Herbal Cure for Insomnia”, claims a Facebook post from Nigeria.
It reads: “Slice some onions and put it in a jar, close tight. Let it be there for about 6 hours. When it's about 15 minutes for you to sleep. open the jar and sniff it. Also eat freshly cut onions. You'll sleep like a baby.”
Will sniffing the vapour of onions kept in a jar, or eating freshly cut onions, cure insomnia?
Stress or underlying illness
Before anyone is diagnosed with insomnia, it must occur at least three nights a week for at least three months and cause problems at work or school, or impair a person’s ability to function in other important areas of their life.
“There is no scientific basis for it,” he said. “The substances in onions – such as minerals and vitamins – will not induce sleep.”
He added that insomnia could be as a result of stress or an underlying illness. The best way to get the right treatment is to see a doctor who can diagnose the root cause and prescribe the right treatment.
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