The Natural Way To Beat Insomnia

You probably know how frustrating a sleepless night can possibly be. You’re so fatigued the next morning that you might be unable and disoriented to function as you should. You most likely have insomnia if you suffer from sleep loss on a regular basis.

Hormonal changes, cardiovascular disease, depression and sleep apnea can all cause insomnia. You may want to try some natural remedies– but be sure to seek professional help if it continues without relief if you’re having trouble sleeping.

Some natural remedies used to treat insomnia or occasional sleepless nights include:

  • Melatonin – A popular natural remedy for insomnia, melatonin is actually a hormone made naturally in the body. The brain makes serotonin which is then made into melatonin, which helps you go to sleep naturally. You may need to take a supplement before retiring each evening if your body isn’t producing enough melatonin.
  • Meditation – Yoga practices of deep breathing and meditation before you go to bed have proven beneficial to help those with insomnia fall asleep naturally.
  • Aromatherapy – The sedative qualities of inhaling lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile are found as being useful in treating insomnia.
  • Valerian – Non-addictive Valerian has been used for many years as a remedy for insomnia. It has qualities that are believed to affect the brain’s calming neurotransmitters.
  • Diet – Eliminate caffeine and foods containing sugar before bed time. Instead, eat foods rich in magnesium such as green vegetables, bran and some nuts (cashews and almonds) that will help and calm nerves promote sleep.
  • Exercise – Regular aerobic exercise such as a brisk walk can help you sleep well at night. Avoid exercising just before bedtime though– exercise earlier in the day or evening.

Be sure that your mattress and pillow are appropriate for your body type and that the room you sleep in is neither cold nor too hot. You may want to try acupuncture and calming teas such as chamomile and lemon balm if sleeplessness persists.

Some prescription drugs may cause insomnia, so consult your health professional or pharmacist to see if the prescription(s) you take is the cause of this debilitating side effect.

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