Natural Cures for Insomnia

by Bryan Dewhurst on February 04, 2020

Do you have sleep insomnia? If you do, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are top natural cures for your insomnia:

 

Remedy # 1: Essential oils

Whether you prefer to use them in your bath, in your room, or when you travel, using essential oils is one of the most popular tricks to aid insomnia and even anxiety. The sense of smell is very powerful; it can bring back memories of people and places you have encountered in the past; all the more can it bring back memories. With just a few drops in your bath, humidifier, or directly on your skin, you will instantly be transported to your happy place. Just make sure to do an allergy test or ask your physician before applying on your skin.

 

Remedy # 2: Meditation

 Do you ever get tired of listening to your own thoughts? Don't worry, you're not alone. If you experience this especially before going to bed, meditation could be your new bff. When you meditate, you observe your breath, the sounds you hear, and the sensations you experience as they come and go, thus allowing you to clear your mind and relax before you sleep.

Pro tip: When you meditate, dilute a few drops of essential oil into your humidifier or swipe your favorite essential oil on your temples.  

 

Remedy # 3: Yoga/pilates

Yoga is the go-to exercise for people who don't have time to go to the gym, or simply for those who prefer stationary exercises to strenuous, repetitive ones. Doing yoga doesn't only help in maintaining your figure, but also puts your brain in a relaxing disposition. Doing this for at least 15 minutes before you go to bed will release endorphins (happy hormones) and also give you mental clarity, thus letting you sleep soundly.

Pro tip: Never force yourself to do a pose you are not comfortable with. There is not one way of doing yoga; the poses vary from person to person.

 

Remedy # 4: Massage/Spa 

After a long day at work, who wouldn't love a massage? Going to the spa to get a massage reduces stress, alleviates muscle pain, relieves tension headaches, improves cardiovascular health, reduces pain of osteoarthritis and chronic neck pain, and reduces symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Apart from these physical benefits, getting massages promotes relaxation resulting in improved sleep.

Pro tip: Take a shower before heading to the spa and make sure it is the last thing you will do for the day. It defeats the purpose of relaxing if you will come home to work and stress yourself out again.

 

 Remedy # 5: Listening to rain/nature sounds

Probably the easiest, most hassle-free remedy—listening to relaxing sounds. The sole purpose of people vacationing in secluded areas is to have some peace and quiet. This remedy mimics being in a secluded area—among birds, flowers, rustling leaves, and cool breezes. 

Pro tip: Prepare a Sounds of Nature or Sounds of Waves playlist beforehand. You wouldn't want to keep on looking at your phone from time to time just to choose what suits your mood. There is a multitude of free playlists on Spotify and even on youtube. 

 

Some general tips and tricks:

  • Do not binge-eat before going to bed to avoid indigestion.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking coffee before sleeping as nicotine and caffeine are sleep's worst enemies. 
  • Consult with a doctor for proper medication (if needed). Never self-medicate and indulge in over-the-counter meds that can only cause more mental problems in the end.
  • Avoid watching engaging movies or tv shows 2 hours before your scheduled bed time.
  • Drink a glass of water before going to bed to rule out toxins and keep you hydrated through the night. Note: do not drink too much water though, as it will cause you to go the bathroom multiple times, thus, disrupting your slumber.
  • Last but totally taken for granted, try to do your business in the bathroom before going to bed. There's nothing worse than having to pee at 3am when you're so groggy and probably half-asleep.

Here's hoping you will sleep soundly after trying our 5 natural remedies. Good luck! 

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