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Simple Insomnia Remedies

Updated on April 8, 2010

Not being able to sleep can be one of the biggest frustrations we face. In fact, over 60% of American suffer from insomnia. The average person needs to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Reasons for this vary from working schedule, to overactivity, modern day lifestyle, and stress. Unfortunately, not fixing this problem has the potential to be disastrous for you both physically and emotionally.

One of the problems arising from sleep deprivation is increased risk of automobile accidents. Studies have shown that people who are driving while sleep deprived are actually more dangerous than drunk drivers. Some court cases in differing states are starting to reflect this.

Another huge problem is the link of insomnia with increased risk of obesity. When you are up longer, you tend to eat more. This can have long term destructive health results ranging from increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Lack of proper sleep can exacerbate itself by the obesity leading to sleep apnea.

Bottom line: We need the proper amount of sleep. The risks are too high to ignore. Whether you suffer from jet lag, work, or stress this problem needs to be fixed. There is hope. There are quite a few simple insomnia remedies you can use to help you get the sleep you need.

Natural Remedies for Insomnia

There are several natural remedies for insomnia you can use to help you sleep better. One of the most common is using melatonin. Melatonin is a natural sleep enhancer that helps relax you and calm you down so you can sleep. Most of the time you get this as a supplement. You can buy this in most drug stores and in most big stores like Walmart or Kmart. You can also purchase melatonin online if you want.

Another natural remedy for insomnia that some people use is chamomile. Most of the time people use this one as a tea. Chamomile tea has been used for years as a way to settle down and relax. Try drinking a cup between and 1/2 hour to an hour prior to when you plan on going to sleep. This will definitely help prepare you for sleeping.

Insomnia Herbal Remedy

I am not a big fan of prescription medications. They have their place, but I prefer to use natural or herbal methods and see if they work before resorting to drugs. Valerian is an herbal remedy for insomnia that most people nowadays are probably unfamiliar with. It is a miracle worker for sleeping. It has been shown through archeology to have been used for thousands of years, so we know by the test of time it is safe to use.

Valerian is great at relaxing you. What I like about valerian is it has no long lasting side effects. It simply helps you sleep better and in the morning you do not have the effects of sluggishness. I have a friend who suggested it to me. It came in a product called Gentle Sleep Complex by Shaklee.

I don't sell Shaklee products, but the stuff works. It has been clinically tested and peer reviewed. If you know someone who sells Shaklee and are having problems sleeping which I assume you do if you are still reading this article, ask them about this product. They'll even be able to give you an audio recording on it's effectiveness and scientific evidence to support the viability for it's use as an insomnia remedy.

Home Insomnia Remedies Video

Home Remedies for Insomnia

There are several home insomnia remedies you can try to help improve your sleeping ability. One of the easiest is to slow down your activity prior to bed. Try picking the same time to sleep at night, another remedy, and try to ease into a slower pace an hour or so prior to going to bed.

If you go out an exercise right before bed, you are doing yourself no favors. You have just released endorphins into your system. While that may feel good, they are energy producers and you want to activate your parasympathetic nervous system as we call it in the medical field versus your sympathetic nervous system.

The parasympathetic is nicknamed "feed and breed" and the sympathetic is nicknamed "fight or flight". If you are exercising or doing heavy activity whether physical or brain heavy activity, you are activating your sympathetic nervous system. So try doing some easy reading or sitting in a room that is dimmer and enjoy a nice cup of chamomile tea. Avoid caffeine like the plague.

Another thing to do is make sure your bedroom has the ability to be as dark as you can and comfortably cool. Temperature makes a big difference. Too hot and you're miserable, sweaty, hard to sleep. Too cold and your uncomfortable as well. Create a comfortable environment.

Once you've tried these treatments, if they don't seem to work, then you should contact your physician to set up a sleep center visit to determine if there are underlying factors that need such methods as possibly sleep apnea interventions or medications such as Lunestra. 

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    • tbfrascone profile image

      tbfrascone 8 years ago from Michigan

      thanks rosario for commenting and I agree about avoiding drugs if possible.

    • rosariomontenegro profile image

      rosariomontenegro 8 years ago from NEW YORK

      Anything that puts your life back in your hands is good. Herbal remedies enter into this category.

      To put yourself in the hands of pharmaceutical companies is not a good idea.

      Good hub.