Sleep is a blessing that provides rest and promotes physical as well as mental health. Sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. Sleep disorders can be disgusting and can lead to complications like lack of concentration, fatigue and restlessness. Pain, anxiety, depression, trauma, nutritional deficiencies etc can upset your sleep-wake cycle.
Even though there are sleeping pills that may help you sleep in the initial stages, they are not reliable. Sleeping pills are addictive and have many side-effects that can be harmful to your overall well being. It is always better to turn towards the nature and find natural remedies to solve sleeping problems.
Valerian is a herb used for insomnia for years. It is not addictive and does not cause discomfort in the morning. Kava is an anti-anxiety herb that can help you relax leading you to sleep. California poppy is a herb with sedative and relaxant properties. This can even be used in children. It has anti-anxiety properties that help promoting better sleep. Chamomile is another herb that is widely used among insomnia patients. Chamomile tea taken before bed time can relieve the irritation and restlessness associated with bad sleep. Hops, a major ingredient in beer, is used in the treatment of insomnia, restlessness and nervousness. Lavender oil strengthens the nervous system. A few drops in the bath or on the pillow can promote good sleep. Passion flower is an excellent sedative with no side effects, which can be used both in adults and children. St.John’s wort can be helpful in dealing with chronic insomnia and mild depression. Wild lettuce is another helpful herb in the treatment of insomnia and restlessness and is safe enough to be used in children also. Lemon balm, American skullcap, corydalis, and bitter orange are a few other herbs that are beneficial in treating sleep disorders.
While dealing with sleep disorders, try to avoid anything stimulating late in the evening. Even though sex is stimulating, the hormones released during orgasm are helpful for better sleep. Listening to meditation or relaxation audios or even melodious music can promote sleep. Having your feet higher than your head can help you get sleep. Sleep in a very dark room to adjust your body to sleeping pattern. Use comfortable room sprays and room temperature that can promote sleep. Using essential oils on your pillow can relax and calm your mind leading you to a peaceful sleep. Develop a positive attitude and a habit of praying that can be relaxing to your mind and relieve you from tensions, anxiety and worries.
Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed can promote sleep. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg or two strands of saffron for a better effect. Massaging under your feet with oil can also be relaxing and soothing. A small glass of wine taken before bed can also help you get sleep. Carbohydrate snacks such as whole grain crackers before bedtime can be helpful. Magnesium is a natural sedative. Include magnesium rich foods like legumes, seeds, dark leafy green vegetables, wheat bran, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast and whole grains in your diet because a deficiency in magnesium can lead to insomnia and sleep disturbances.
Cut down on caffeine and sweets. Alcohol can seem to be relaxing but it takes away sleep after a while. Do not eat heavy meals before bedtime. Chocolate can also keep you awake.