Top 10 Natural Cures for Insomnia and Insomnia Causes
Top 10 natural cures for insomnia to help you get a peaceful night sleep. Learn what insomnia is; what causes it; and what treatments for insomnia work!
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. The definition for insomnia is the difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking
- Sleepiness during the day
- Irritability and problems with concentration or memory
The inability to get a good night's sleep is often caused by worry, emotional stress, and exhaustion.
Other causes include pain, excess caffeine, alcohol and drugs, food allergy, or sleeping in a stuffy room.
Insomnia can also be a symptom of depression.
Drugs for insomnia can be addictive and have harmful side effects. Is it not worth your time and effort to try some of these remedies for insomnia?
Herbs and Aromatherapy
- CHAMOMILE: Considered one of the best cures for insomnia. Soothes nerves and promotes more restful sleep.
- HERBAL SLEEP: Contains valerian root, passion flower, and hops. A synergistic blend of herbal ingredients that promote restful sleep. See our herbal sleep products comparison to review this and two other very effective products.
- NUTRI-CALM: This is my insomnia cure. I take one tablet before I go to bed and sleep soundly all night.
- KAVA KAVA: One of the best herbal remedies for insomnia. Used to help reduce normal anxiety without impairing mental function. It may help promote more restful sleep in those struggling with occasional restlessness. Plus, it may help relax muscles. (CAUTION: Do not use while driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery. Not intended for use by pregnant or lactating women. Not for use by persons under the age of 18. Consult a health-care professional prior to use if you have liver problems, frequently use alcohol, or take any medication.Do not take if currently taking Xanax!)
- MASSAGES: Use a few drops of chamomile, lavender, rose, or neroli blended into a light carrier oil. (The essential oils used for massages are always diluted in a carrier oil or lotion.)
- RELAXING BATHS: Relax with a bath with 5 to 10 drops of catnip, chamomile, lavender, clary sage, or limeflowers
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals
- Increase your intake of vitamins: B, C, Folic Acid, Zinc, and Calcium. Try a calcium supplement before bed. Also, increase your intake of THIAMINE (Vitamin B). Foods high in thiamine are nuts and wholegrain cereals or take a supplement.
Traditional Home Remedies and Natural Solutions
Add 2 teaspoons of raw honey to 1 cup of water or milk. Drink before sleeping.
- SET A SLEEPING TIME: Set a certain time such as 1 to 6am. If you sleep soundly through that five hour period, add 15 minutes each week until you reach the point where you wake up refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the day
- AVOID STIMULANTS AFTER TWILIGHT: Coffee, colas, even regular chocolate contain caffeine, a powerful stimulant that can keep you up, so try not to consume them after 4pm. Don't smoke either. Nicotine is a stimulant too.
- QUESTION YOUR MEDICATION: Certain medications such as asthma sprays can disrupt sleep. If you take prescription drugs routinely, ask your doctor about the side-effects. If he suspects the drug could be interfering with your sleep, he may be able to substitute another medication or adjust the time of day you take it.
- TAKE A HIKE: Get some exercise late in the afternoon or early in the evening. It shouldn't be too strenuous...a walk around the block will do just fine. Not only will it fatigue your muscles, but it will raise your body temperature. When that begins to fall, it may induce sleepiness.
*NOTE: If you are pregnant, please consult your doctor before trying any natural remedy.
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