If you’re struggling to sleep at night, I have a list of natural sleep remedies to share with you on this page. This list of insomnia remedies includes herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, Aryurvedic remedies, supplements (incl. melatonin), over-the-counter remedies, hypnosis and blue light.
In addition I’ve also listed loads of tips that are worth checking out, so that you know you’re doing all you can to improve your sleep.
Your body is ultimately self-healing and there’s every possibility that there is a cure for your particular type of insomnia. So, don't despair - keep looking for the right insomnia remedies to suit your particular need. I so want you to crack this problem, as insomnia is one of the depression warning signs.
If you’ve tried all the 'magic bullets' without sucess, do be prepared to invest some time in your general wellbeing now. Pain, anxiety, depression, trauma and nutritional deficiencies will all upset your sleep-wake cycle.
If you’re interested in other aspects of sleep – like its relationship with depression, stress or nervous breakdowns, or the physical effects of sleep deprivation – then do have a look at the related articles at the end of this page.
Please consult your health-care provider/physician to discuss the information I have provided before taking remedies or supplements of any kind. Just because something is 'natural' it does not necessarily mean it is safe.
I’ve put together a whole list of natural sleep remedies and non-prescription sleep aids for you to explore.
I’m sure there is a natural sleep aid here for you that’s going to help you with your sleeping problems. But do be sure to do your own research too, including visiting my other pages on sleep. You need to be totally happy with your natural sleep remedies - any worries about them would defeat the object.
The following herbal sleep remedies are great in conjunction with other strategies to deal with insomnia:
Melatonin is involved with you body's natural (circadian) rhythm including your sleep-wake cycle. It’s also great for helping to deal with jet-lag, or when you’re working shifts.
The right homeopathic remedy for sleep will be specific to your individual experience of a condition, including insomnia. Homeopathic remedies are also safe for children.
Ayurveda (from Sanskrit: ayus meaning 'longevity' and veda, meaning 'related to knowledge') is a traditional and influential system of medicine in South Asia. It treats the root cause of your sleeplessness by restoring the balance in your body and mind.
When your body and mind are balanced you feel light and have nothing ‘dragging you down’. It’s as if the weight of the world has lifted from your shoulders! At the same time, Ayurveda can settle other perhaps 'niggling' problems… you know what I mean - those ones you’ve been putting up with for ages…
Dr Deepak Chopra suggests the Ayurvedic remedy of a cup of warm milk with two strands of saffron or some grated nutmeg as a great natural sleeping remedy.
Here are some non-prescription sleep aids you might like to try.
Please note: Taking Melatonin can be harmful - even though it is a supplement.
Do you have problems sleeping when you've drunk coffee in the evening?
If 'yes' then you're also likely to have problems breaking down the melatonin due to a missing enzym. Consult a medical practitioner for advice before you take any supplement.
Join me in Part 2 for a list of some great strategies to help you achieve a better night's sleep, plus more Natural Sleep Aids including meditation and hypnosis.
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