We’ve all been there; it’s half past one in the morning, the lights are off and you need to be asleep. But insomnia hits!
Insomnia can be caused by a whole host of things – you could be feeling a bit poorly, you’re stressed with work or you’ve just been drinking too much caffeine are a few. It’s most common in the elderly, but insomnia can affect anyone at any age and can last for weeks or even months.
It may be tempting to reach for the nearest sleeping pills, but becoming dependant on medication can make it much more difficult for you to drop off without them. Here’s a couple of tried and tested natural insomnia remedies that could help you out on those sleepless nights.
5. Bedtime snacks
Don’t eat a big meal less than 2 hours before you go to bed, but try some whole grain crackers about half an hour before going to bed. Carbohydrate snacks like these can encourage sleep.
Or you might want to try a half of a banana and a teaspoon of peanut butter to encourage snoozing.
Camomile tea has long been revered for its calming effects – to calm your digestive system and relieve any muscle tension, sip a cup about an hour before going to bed.
Often cited as one of nature’s sedatives, lavender has some fantastic relaxing properties and is one of the best examples of aromatherapy. Try sprinkling a little lavender oil into your pillow, or dab some on a tissue and hold it to your nose as you drift off.
2. Relaxation techniques
One of the main causes of insomnia is stress. If you brain is going a mile a minute, you need to slow it down somehow.
So run yourself a hot bath and clear your mind. Don’t use any backlit devices before going to bed, and listen to some quiet classical music.
Try to have a glass of warm milk as your final snack of the day.
Milk contains tryptophan, a sleep-inducing chemical also found in turkey, and will make you feel like hitting the hay. Make sure you drink your milk on an empty stomach for maximum effect.
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