There’s nothing as beautiful as the first rays of the sun. Watching the sunrise can get your morning off to a great start. Unless of course, you’ve been awake since the middle of the night and the only thing the sunrise means to you is that you didn’t get any sleep. Insomnia strikes again.
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Immediately you feel the stress begin to mount. You’re so tired. How are you going to be able to make it through the day? You feel frustrated, irritable and you could cry because a loss of sleep can affect you emotionally. It can make you more prone to mood swings. If this sounds like you, there are natural remedies for insomnia that you can try so that you can find relief.
Why shouldn’t you just soldier on? Keep marching forward in the hopes that insomnia will just eventually go away on its own? You should get treatment. If left alone, insomnia can lead to depression, errors in decisions, accidents both at home and work, and also severe health problems.
Could insomnia be from medication?
Check the list of medications you take to make sure they’re not contributing to your sleeplessness. Even over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine can bring on insomnia.
Make sure that you’re sleeping in a room that’s quiet. Use earplugs if you have to. If you work third shift, darken the room with light-blocking drapes or use a sleep mask. Turn off anything that can disturb your sleep such as the telephone or doorbell.
Changing your diet is a natural, healthy way to treat insomnia. Look for foods that are known to induce a sense of sleepiness. Try not to have caffeine after 2 p.m. Eat a light snack before you go to bed. Warm milk will help some people fall asleep and so will a small serving of comfort food.
Herbs and Supplements
Natural herbs and supplements are also successfully used to treat insomnia. Chamomile is an herb that’s widely known for its soothing properties. By drinking this as a tea, you’ll experience a sense of calmness. And because it’s natural, you won’t have to deal with any side effects. Valerian root is also an herb that’s used as a natural sleep aid. Melatonin is a supplement used by many who deal with insomnia.
Other natural remedies for insomnia include lavender. This can be used as a relaxing massage before bed or as a tea. It can also be used as an essential oil in a diffuser. Other essential oils that may help insomnia include vetiver, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, marjoram, and cedarwood.
Treatments involving herbs and supplements have been used for many years and have a long track record of bringing balance back to the body and allowing users to sleep when they need to. As with anything involving your health, be sure to talk to a healthcare professional before starting something new. Your primary care physician should know about any medical conditions that could be causing insomnia that hasn’t been addressed in this post.
Is your insomnia due to anxiety? Check out our post: Do You Have Anxiety? It Could Be Affecting Your Sleep