Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and keeps thousands of us awake every night. The average adult needs between 7-9 hours sleep a night and not getting enough of this restful and relaxing slumber can lead to all sorts of health problems. It can cause daytime drowsiness and lack of energy and generally make you feel anxious, depressed or irritable.
At Dreams we appreciate the importance of sleep, so we thought we’d suggest a few natural remedies for insomnia that might help you to drift off at night and snooze peacefully all the way through until morning. Prescribed sleeping pills from your doctor may provide some relief, but being over reliant on tablets or experiencing their possible side effects is never a good idea, so why not try some of our natural remedies for insomnia first?
Create a restful environment
Your sleeping space can have a big impact on the amount and quality of your sleep. Ideally your bedroom should be dark, quiet and comfortable. A new mattress or pillows may be the simple answer to your lack of sleep.
Try a few drops of lavender oil
The calming properties of natural lavender are well documented, and it can be used in a variety of ways to help relieve insomnia. Try a few drops of lavender oil in your bath, or mix with boiling water and breathe the steam to relax yourself. A sachet of lavender under your pillow is another great way of using this very useful little herb to aid sleep.
Relax your mind and your body might follow
Worrying about your insomnia will only make it worse, so instead, try some relaxation techniques to calm your mind and help you drift off to sleep. Meditation, yoga and deep breathing are all natural remedies for insomnia that have been known to work.
Get into a routine
Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same times every day will help to prepare your body for sleep at the appropriate time. Make sure to stick to your schedule even at weekends, and avoid taking naps. Establishing your own bedtime ‘ritual’ can also help. For instance, many people find that a warm bath a couple of hours before bed is perfect for helping them sleep.
Watch what you eat and drink close to bedtime
Caffeine stimulates your brain and can prevent you falling asleep, so avoid having any in the afternoon to promote a good night’s sleep. Limiting your alcohol intake will also ensure that the sleep you get is restful and leaves you feeling refreshed. Although alcohol may at first act like a sedative, it can end up having the opposite effect. Honey or sugar taken 30 minutes before bed can help you sleep, so try a tablespoon of honey mixed into decaffeinated herbal tea or warm milk for a relaxing nightcap.
We hope you find our natural remedies for insomnia useful and that one of them might just be the sleep solution that’s right for you.