10 Natural cures and remedies for Insomnia
Chamomile has a been used as a medicine for thousands of years to induce sedation and as an aid to sleep. Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilliser and sleep-inducer.
2. Wild Lettuce
Wild lettuce also known as natures opium, due to its value as a remedy for insomnia and restlessness.It combines well with valerian and passion flower for the treatment of insomnia (Hoffman 1983)
Scientific evidence (Blumenthal et al 2000) supports the use of Hops for sleep disturbances, and insomnia. Hops is best used in combination with other herbs.
Numerous randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have investigated the effects of different valerian preparations as a treatment for insomnia (Stevinson and Ernst, 2000). Valerian helps people fall a sleep a little more quickly.
Lavender oil is very popular and well associated with helping people to sleep better (Blumenthal et al 2000. It is often combined with marjoram to induce sleep.
Yoga can improve physical strength and flexibility, improve breathing, reduce stress and enhance mental focus. A new study indicates that yoga can help to improve sleep among people suffering from chronic insomnia.
There is an abundance of evidence that regular meditation can improve sleep patterns. Research indicates that an overly aroused nervous system is an important factor the development of chronic insomnia.
Research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology (Ong and Sholtes 2010) has found that mindfulness can improve sleep in people suffering from insomnia.
9. Reduce your coffee and alcohol intake
Stimulants like coffee are not good if your having problems sleeping.
The same goes for alcohol which is a depressant, but regular drinking disrupts our sleep and increases our stress levels.
10. Positive sleep routine
Plan your sleep routine. Go to bed at the same time. Do drink liquids before going to bed, especially coffee or alcohol. Take a bath before you go to bed. Mediate and read for a bit. Listen to relaxing music.
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