A common sleep disorder in which people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep is called Insomnia. Too little sleep or poor quality sleep results in low energy as people may not feel refreshed when they wake up. Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. Acute insomnia lasts for days or weeks. People often use medicines to treat insomnia, whereas , Insomnia treatment with natural sleep aids is also possible.
INSOMNIA TREATMENT WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS
Nature offers many different natural sleeps aids ranging from kitchen herbs and spices to flowers. Try these natural sleep aids for a good night sleep.
INSOMNIA TREATMENT WITH PASSION FLOWER
If you experience insomnia, restlessness at Bedtime, Put several passion flower blooms into 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink cool.
SEDATIVE HERBAL TEA TO TREAT INSOMNIA
Mix together 1 tablespoon each of bee balm, hops, peppermint, chamomile, and crushed fennel seed. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey. Drink half our before bed.
INSOMNIA TREATMENT WITH SEDATIVE CATNIP TEA
Pour 2 cups boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried catnip. Cover and steep until cool. Flavor if desired. Strain and sweeten. For children, give 1 tablespoon; adults get 2 tablespoons.
SEDATIVE WITH HOPS TO CURE INSOMNIA
Pour 4 cups boiling water over teaspoons dried hops flowers. Let steep, covered, 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Add lemon juice if desired.
ANISEED TEA AS A SLEEP AID
Tea made from aniseed and boiling water induces sleep. Strain and drink it.
LAVENDER TEA AS A SLEEP AID FOR INSOMNIA
Try soothing lavender tea or aromatherapy with lavender essential oils to help sleep at night. Lavender oil is supposed to be a tranquilizer. Dilute it in olive oil and dab a little on your temples and forehead before you hit pillow. Put a drop of jasmine oil on each of your wrists.
INSOMNIA CURE – FAST ACTING SEDATIVE WITH LETTUCE TEA
Cooked lettuce is a great relaxant. Lettuce tea is a fast-acting sedative. Simply pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup shredded lettuce and steep 30 minutes. Strain and drink before bed. This really does work. It is one of the best relaxants that I know. Use to release tension or to help you sleep if you suffer from insomnia. Great to use while a patient is recovering from any illness. It keeps them from getting restless and helps them get the rest they need in order for the body to finish the healing process.
MILK, HONEY AND CINNAMON
Try drinking a glass of warm milk with a spoonful of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon as it might act like a mild sedative.
BANANA FOR SLEEP AID
Have a banana or chicken before sleeping as these contain tryptophan, an amino acid that makes serotonin, which helps in sleeping.
Take half a teaspoon of Valerian tincture before retiring.
SLEEP AID WITH BUTTERMILK
Drinking buttermilk before retiring aids in a good night’s sleep.
RELIEVING SLEEPLESSNESS WITH CUMIN SEEDS
Cumin is valuable in relieving sleeplessness. A teaspoon of cumin seeds mixed with the pulp of a ripe banana can be taken at night to induce sleep.
INSOMNIA TREATMENT WITH MILK, HONEY AND LEMON
Sleep Aid with Milk Heat 1 cup of milk and add 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Drink half hour before retiring.
NUTMEG FOR INSOMNIA
Nutmeg is a versatile healer- In Civil War days, its seed was crushed, made into a tea and taken as a remedy for insomnia. Today we know that because its action is delayed, it must be taken four to five hours before bedtime. Nutmeg can take the edge off nerves, calm muscle spasms, induce slumber and help you stay asleep. Start with 1 capsule, increasing as needed. Nutmeg is a strong sedative so it’s possible to wake up groggy from too much of it.
SLEEP AID FOR KIDS WITH OATMEAL
Make oatmeal as you normally would, but add milk enough to make a thin gruel. Drink this before bed as an aid in getting to sleep. This is a very relaxing way to get children to sleep. It seems to soothe them and make their tummies feel warm and full. It is also good to use during bouts of illness, as it does soothe the stomach and settle upsets, while being nutritious. Make it very special by adding sugar and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Children really do love this. It helps restless children get a good night’s sleep.
INSOMNIA TREATMENT WITH PEPPERMINT
Mix 2 tablespoons dried peppermint with 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoonful of the mixture. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. This soothes the nerves and allows you to relax enough to go to sleep.
APPLE AT BEDTIME TO TREAT INSOMNIA
Eating an apple before bedtime seems to help put you to sleep.
HOMEOPATHIC INSOMNIA TREATMENT
If you are looking for natural insomnia treatment without side effects, you can try homeopathic treatment.
A safer natural alternative to sleeping pills is the homeopathic melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by our pineal gland when darkness falls, to help us sleep. People with sleeping disorders often have reduced melatonin levels.
When melatonin is taken around 8-9 pm, it can help increase the hormone levels and help us sleep faster.
Take melatonin 12x, an hour before going to bed for better results.
Another effective homeopathic remedy for sleep aid is passiflora, made from passion flower. Take passiflora 3X or 6X for anxiety and sleeplessness take 2 tablets in evening around 8-9 pm and then 2 at sleep time.
TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP
The National Sleep Foundation offers these tips for better sleep and minimizing your chances for snoring:
1. Maintain a regular daily and nightly schedule including weekends.
2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or in a hot tub and then reading a book
3. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool.
4. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and it is best to take work materials, computers, and televisions out of
the sleeping environment.
6. Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.
7. Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
8. Avoid caffeine (e.g., coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake.
9. Avoid nicotine (e.g., cigarettes, tobacco products) close to bedtime. It can lead to poor sleep.
10. Avoid alcohol. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.