We all have them. The nights where you toss and turn and can’t seem to get in the groove to go to sleep. Hormonal changes, heart disease, depression, stress at work and a drastic change in routine, for example, back to school or a change in season can trigger a sleepless night. One or two sleepless nights are probably okay, and many of us can recover from that. However a string of nights where you are only getting a few hours of sleep can take a serious toll on your well-being. Here are five natural fixes for insomnia, but be sure to check with a medical professional if the trend continues.
Natural Cures for Insomnia
Often, the cause of insomnia is that our minds are constantly going over the events of the day and/or planning for the next day. A session of deep breathing and relaxed focus can empty the mind of anxiety and assist you in falling asleep easier. In fact, regular meditation may also help you work out some of the issues you may be having in life and/or work.
The fragrance of lavender essential oil, ylang ylang and chamomile create a calming effect on the mind and body, making it easier for you to fall asleep. A few drops on a light bulb or even on a cloth next to your bed, can put you in the frame of mind to sleep.
This herbal remedy can easily be found in your health food store and often on your supermarket shelves. Valerian has qualities that induce relaxation and sleepiness. Don’t be put off by its strong smell!
Our brains manufacture serotonin when we are content which is turn is made in to melatonin, which helps us fall asleep. Consider taking a supplement of this hormone.
Regular exercise (not before bed) can help the body wind down at night and sleep more deeply. It’s worth it for the heart benefits!
Be sure that your mattress and pillow are appropriate for your body type and that your room is neither too hot nor too cold. In addition, darkness also helps the body fall asleep, so try to keep your room as dark as possible.
If you find yourself still having trouble sleeping or staying asleep, please consult a medical professional.