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Insomnia , Sleeplessness And More

Updated on December 6, 2014

How To Get To Sleep At Night

Sleeplessness is a real serious problem but it will respond to simple solutions. It can be caused by a variety of drugs , low blood sugar , asthma , stress or even the lack of certain minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Insomnia can be a real nightmare to some people. You keep looking over there at the alarm clock and every time you look at it 20 - 30 minutes has gone by and your still awake. You could try what Mark twain once said. Lay down near the edge of the bed an you'll drop off. But better yet try the tips tricks and hints below and you just might get some much needed sleep.

Exercise during the day but never just before bedtime. The extra energy from working out will just keep you awake if you do exercise to close to bed time.

If you have young children you know how letting them run around like crazy will wear them out. And they will get a good nights sleep. And we are not that different from kids. If we exercise or work hard we too will tire out and you'll have no problem drifting off.

If your having real problems getting to sleep at night I suggest taking a long walk after dinner and have a nice cup of catnip tea with honey before you lay down for the evening. It doesn't work with all people but to some it helps them to get a good nights rest so its well worth the effort.

All Natural Ways To Get To Sleep

You should try a relaxing soothing bath about 20 - 30 minutes before bedtime. Try adding 5-7 drops of lavender oil and 3-5 drops of ylang-ylang oil to warm bathwater before you get in and soak.

Herbs And Home Remedies For Insomnia

Herbs for the Nervous System; Sleep & Anxiety

The mineral magnesium with its muscle relaxing properties can help you to get to sleep more easily. Two hours before your bedtime take 400 milligrams of magnesium along with 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 to facilitate the body's use of the magnesium.

Eating lots of lettuce late in the evening may help you to get a restful nights sleep. But be aware that lettuce is a diuretic , so it may relax you so you can go to sleep but you may wake up having to go to the bathroom.

Goats Milk which can now be bought in most regular grocery stores in the canned milk section has been known to help some insomniacs to get some sleep. Try drinking 6 ozs. of goats milk with each meal and another 6 ozs. at bedtime.

Searching For The Sandman

My Grandma always said that counting the sheep only made the sheep sleepy. Here's a remedy for those of us who don't feel like jumping fences all night long. Try taking a warm bath in the evening just before bedtime. Add some aromatic oils that you can buy over there to the side from Amazon. While you are soaking in your warm bath sip some herbal tea such as chamomile , ginger , or Celestial Seasoning's Sleepy Time Tea. You might also try reading a book and burn some vanillia scented candles. Use Saftey at all times with candles. You should feel relaxed and pampered . Make sure you head straight to bed and snuggle down hopefully to a good nights sleep.

One home remedy that just about everyone has heard of is warm milk. Its been around forever and with some people it works very well.

If you love animails try having your cat or dog sleep with you. Its been found that pets help people relax and pets ( rubbing them ) have even actually lowered blood pressure.

Calm In A Cup

The most effective herb of all is valerian root , taken in capsule form or as a tea. Certain foods with a high level of tryptophan promote sleep. They include tuna , bananas , turkey and dates. This is why you get so tired after Thanksgiving Dinner.

The herbs passionflower and hops help reduce anxieties and tension that may prevent you from getting a good nights sleep. Take these herbs in capsules or brewed into a tea. To a lesser degree chamomile and Sage also act as sleep aids. Another great one is Catnip Tea. Yes the same stuff that Kitty goes crazy for.

Sometimes the best answer of all is to just not fight it. If you can't sleep at all get up and do something. Catch up on that book you have been trying to write , watch tv , or read a book. You might just surprise yourself and find that either you just drift off to sleep setting there reading or you will suddenly find your self so sleepy you will be able to drift off to hopefully a good nights sleep.

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