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How to Get Rid of Insomnia Naturally

Updated on April 21, 2012

Tired of Sleepless Nights and Exhaustion Filled Days?

Having enough sleep really seems to be a luxury these days for many people. If you’re one of those folks plagued by insomnia -- and you must be, considering you're reading this -- you probably know how frustrating and stressful it can be in your daily life, especially since insomnia has enormous affects on your day to day life.

Fortunately, you no longer have to just "live" with your sleeping problems. You can take them on directly and end them once and for all. Will it be easy or instantaneous? No, on both counts. However, with our help and the suggestions & remedies below, it does NOT have to be impossible!

Be sure to participate in our insomnia polls and even take our insomnia quiz. You might learn a thing or two.

5 Easy and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Insomnia

1) Music and Aromatherapy

For some people, light is a big hindrance to sleeping. However, soothing music can be very helpful. Choose a relaxing music that entices you to sleep such as waves washing up on the seashore or mellow music.

Put some fragrant oils in your room like lavender oil. These oils tend to be sleep-inducing due to their soothing scent.

2) Milk, Honey and Tea

You may want to drink honey, milk or tea before going to bed. Chamomile tea is especially recommended. Milk also helps a lot in giving people a good night’s sleep.

3) Diet and Exercise

If you’re aiming to learn how to cure insomnia, it’s helpful to alter your diet regime and lifestyle as well. Consume foods that will boost your body’s melatonin production including barley, bananas, tomatoes, ginger, rice, sweet corn, oats, watermelon seeds, soy nuts, spirulina seaweed and cottage cheese.

Try to incorporate a few exercising routines into your daily schedule too. Exercising at daytime is an excellent idea since it could help your body to get tired and conditioned for sleeping. Try to spend at least an hour in doing simple exercises such as brisk walking, jogging or running.

4) Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Cigarettes

Alcohol and caffeine are notorious causes of sleeping troubles. Avoid or limit your intake of these beverages. Caffeine can also be found in teas, colas and chocolates. Furthermore, cigarettes contain nicotine which is a brain stimulant. Avoid smoking as much as possible to enable your mind to rest.

5) Enhance Your Environment

Hang thicker drapes and draw the curtains down for a completely dark room. If you’re sensitive to light, it may add up to your discomfort in sleeping. Noise is also a factor that affects a good night’s sleep. Use ear plugs to dissociate yourself from environmental noise. As mentioned earlier, music and aromatherapy may also help. You can sleep better if you place yourself in a sleep-conducive environment.

By practicing these methods for how to cure insomnia, you’ll have increased chances in experiencing that relaxing sleep you’ve been wanting for so long. However, if your insomnia problems continue to persist over a long period, you may want to consult a doctor for professional advice as chronic insomnia can itself be a symptom for another ailment.

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5 More Remedies For Insomnia - Aren't I The Best?

That's right, I am the best. Most people would be happy with giving you 5 remedies or tips, not me though. I'm actually giving you 5 more remedies/tips for insomnia for a grand total of 10 great ways to get rid of insomnia. You don't have to thank me.... I did that for you!

Edit: I just checked and it appears 2 of these remedies kinda overlap; music and environment, maybe I'm not THAT great afterall. Naaa... Just a mistake. I'll fix it soon though!

1. Sleep-Conducive Routine

Good sleeping habits can greatly help you overcome your sleeping disorder. First off, strive to maintain a regular sleep schedule. This basically means same sleeping and wake time daily. If you feel that you’re not able to sleep, don’t force yourself as tossing and turning on your bed will only makes things worse. Get up, do things or chores and when you’re tired hop back to bed.

Don’t smoke nor drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages before bedtime. Aside from stress, too much coffee or soft drinks is known to be a culprit for difficulties in sleeping. Also, try to exercise regularly, for at least one hour before sleeping.

2. Comfortable Sleeping Environment

Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed or noisy room may be contributing factors to lack of sleep. Be sure that your bed is not too soft or hard but just comfortable enough to sleep on. Hang thicker drapes and turn off all lights if you feel that you’re more relaxed in the dark.

3. Music

Try to play soft, relaxing music either on speakers or through earphones. There are specially produced music such as ocean sounds that help insomniac individuals relax their minds and drift off to sleep. On the other hand, simply cover your ears with earplugs if you abhor any kind of noise. This is a good trick if there’s a party next door or your neighbors are too noisy.

4. Herbal Cures

Herbal supplements, teas and baths are of the best insomnia treatments that naturally help you catch some sleep. Medicinal herbs include chamomile, passionflower, valerian, Jamaica dogwood, hops, Californian poppy, balm, lime blossom and skullcap.

5. Acupuncture

This is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine for curing insomnia. It mainly involves inserting needles into certain points on the skin in order to affect the body’s functioning. This is best recommended to be carried out by experts.

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      Fluffy 2 years ago

      I have insomnia because of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It's very painful, especially at night. The pain keeps me awake.

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      rrnewmed 5 years ago

      Great hub page! I agree, that natural is the only way to go for trying to get to sleep. Sleeping pills will harm you eventually.

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      jade 5 years ago

      i think i need help because i can sleep, it's during the day i sleep i can't help it, i just shut down wake up about 9 and am awake

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Great tips! I think exercise is a big one. I find that if I really exert myself physically thoughout the day, I sleep better at night. Last summer, I worked as an assistant farmhand, and it was the hardest physical work I've ever done... but I slept like a log every night! :)