Natural Cures For Insomnia
For many years now we have been told that in order to function properly we need a solid 8 hours sleep. But the truth is, many people function perfectly fine on less sleep. But what to do if your sleep patterns are concerning you and you feel you are not sleeping enough? If you are feeling tired during the day or feel irritable from a lack of sleep then you might need to take some action towards improving your sleep habits. To help you out, House of March have compiled a list of natural cures for insomnia.
Remove All External Disturbances
This is a simple change, remove ticking clocks or electronic devices that make noise or have charging lights that may keep you awake. Sometimes even the smallest things can interfere with your sleep.
Make Sure That Your Bedroom Is Well Ventilated
Feeling stuffy and not being able to breathe properly is often a reason for waking during the night. So make sure that you have enough air flow in your bedroom.
Exercise For 30 Minutes Or More A Day
Exercise is not only incredibly good for you, it will help you feel more tired. If you exercise for 30 minutes or more every day this will help your body feel more sleep-ready when you go to bed. If you are looking for one of the sure fire natural cures for insomnia, then this is it.
Cut Out Caffeine At Night
Caffeine is a stimulant so if you are drinking tea or coffee in the evenings then this could upset your sleep. Cut out the caffeine and replace it with a sleep inducing tea. You can see our list of favourites here.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be wonderful natural remedies for insomnia. The following essential oils can be used in a warm bath (not a stimulating hot or cold bath) or in a foot bath or a diffuser: Valerian, Hops, Vetiver, Clary-Sage and Benzoin. The following essential oils are also excellent insomnia aids, but if you use to much it can have the opposite effect. So please, no more than 3 drops of the following per bath: Lavender, Marjoram, Chamomile, Roman and Nutmeg.
Drink Cherry Juice As A Night Cap
Cherry juice is high in Melatonin, a hormone that helps to regulate your body’s awake-sleep cycles. Studies have shown that cherry juice can work very well as a sleeping aid. Try having it as a night cap before bed time.
Wind Down Before Bedtime
Put away your laptops, mobile phones and stop any work at least 60 minutes before bedtime. If you brain is still occupied with a previous task, it may not be able to wind down enough to sleep. Ensure that you have a restful 60 minutes before trying to go to sleep.
And finally . . .
Try not to worry about not sleeping!