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9 Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Have you been turning and rolling on your bed before going to sleep? You might have to count the sheep to help you sleep. Just kidding! Here are some natural remedies which are scientifically proven to help improve your sleep.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

With the growing cases of insomnia, there is a study backed with medical research that proved CBD is an effective way of treating insomnia. CBD is a natural ingredient found in cannabis plants that act on sleep receptors. It is also called Endocannabinoid receptors. There are many ways of taking CBD including supplements, oil, and inhalers. This natural remedy works by treating the main factors of insomnia such as chemical imbalance, anxiety, and stress. It aids in boosting your brain’s ability to handle stressful occasions.

L-5 hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

If you are troubling with your sleep and desperately want a sound one, this natural chemical is the best bet in your sleep remedies. Since the 5-HTP is a natural amino acid that is produced by our bodies, boosting it can give us several effects. 5-HTP is derived from an African seed (Griffonia simplicifolia) which after entering the brain is converted into serotonin. One of the possible reasons why you are experiencing sleep disorders and even anxiety and depression is a low serotonin level. Serotonin induces happiness, calmness, and helps you sleep better at night. Serotonin is the forerunner of melatonin – the sleep-regulation hormones. 5-HTP intake can enhance melatonin production in the body. You can get it without a prescription, however it is advised to consult your doctor before taking it.

Ashwagandha

It is a natural extract – an Ayurvedic herb –  from the Withania somnifera roots that acts as a potent sleep tonic. Somnifera in Latin means “sleep inducer”. It is also known for lowering a person’s stress levels. According to the Ayurvedic way, the ashwagandha isn’t used to drain your energy but to revitalize and restore your energy bank so that it can act on its own: natural process of calming your senses until you fall deeply into sleep. You can easily find a retreat location using this holistic approach in treating insomnia. As it reduces the stress from your mind and helps you relax, all this adds up to a nice and sound sleep.

Exposure to light

Most of the people struggling to sleep at night are found to have a shortage of light exposure. Light helps your brain to produce an essential hormone called melatonin, which controls the sleep-wake cycle. Try to spend more time out in the sun and you will notice the change immediately. Go for a walk. Read the morning paper as you sip your ashwagandha tea in your garden. Attending retreats is one good way of enjoying the great outdoors without too much exhaustion. Regular exposure to the morning sun can definitely improve your sleeping habits. It is best to get sun exposure from 6 a.m to 8:30 a.m. Time to fix that ruined body clock!

Meditation

A big reason to struggle with sleep is not giving your brain the rest and relaxation it deserves. One study from a Harvard-affiliated institute concluded that in order to fight insomnia, you must learn to practice mindfulness meditation. It is easy to get started – just find a quiet place where you won’t get disturbed. Let it be calm and quiet, and comfortable. Steady your mind at the present. Then shift your focal point to your breathing. Let your breath slowly enter your nostrils and exit your mouth. Feel the peace. Feel all the sensations in your body coming alive. Let your thoughts flow. Notice how it wanders then slowly return your focus in breathing. You can enjoy this exercise at the comfort of your own home or you can book your way to a meditation retreat at one of the many retreat centers.

 

Other natural remedies for a good night’s sleep:

 

Chamomile Tea

All the stress and tensions in your life have taken your sleep away from you. And you are rolling on your bed wondering what to do for a nice nap. Chamomile tea is your answer. It reduces stress, anxiety, and relaxes your muscles so that you get a peaceful sleep.
 

 

Brew Herbal Tea

Stop using caffeine or nicotine and try this wonderful herbal tea made from the roots of Valerian herb. One cup of the Valerian tea before going to bed helps you sleep faster and reduces midnight wake-ups as well.

Lavender 

Sniffing lavender before going to bed not only improves the duration but the quality of sleep. Not only it is risk-free, but it also has a sweet odour which helps you go in your dreamland in no time.

Passion Flower

A delicious tropical plant with a mild seductive property is probably the best sleeping remedy one can get. Just a single teaspoon can put you to your best sleep ever.
 
 

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1 Comment
  1. Stacy Starzyk November 14, 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Good job on the post. Many thanks.

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