If you have trouble getting to sleep at night or staying asleep, here are some possible solutions for a good night’s sleep. Try them out if you’re looking for natural, drugless ways to fight insomnia.
Try an all natural herbal sleep remedy, such as valerian. I have tried valerian, and it works for me. It is thought that valerian works by increasing the body’s levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter. Be aware that valerian has a strange smell, but I haven’t had trouble using it at all.
Exercise each day. Try to go for a brisk walk each day for at least 30 minutes. Those who exercise are proven to have less trouble sleeping, and I can attest to this. Just don’t exercise right before bed, unless you are doing a few relaxing yoga stretches, which I will talk about next.
Do a relaxing yoga routine about 30 minutes before bed to gentle music. Not only will your muscles thank you, but you will relax yourself so much that you’ll most likely be ready to fall asleep in no time.
Mind your diet. Avoid caffeine during evening hours. Consume foods containing magnesium if you have trouble with restless leg syndrome or muscle cramps. Try a snack containing tryptophan an hour or so before bed. Turkey, warm milk, and whole grain crackers are good sources of tryptophan, and leafy, green veggies, whole grains, nuts, and blackstrap molasses contain magnesium. Try a cup of chamomile tea before bed for an extra dose of relaxation.
Try burning a lavender candle in your home during the evening or add a few drops of lavender essential oils to your before bedtime bath. Lavender is a naturally relaxing herb.