I believe most of us have experienced occasional lost of sleep. But, lost sleep on a regular basis is a cause of concern and might be a symptom of insomnia. If you are one of the many suffering from insomnia, you can consider holistic treatment by trying out some natural sleep aids.
All natural health remedies for sleeping aids are usually herbs, foods, or methods that are used to promote sleep. Some of the most popular natural sleeping aids include the following:
Valerian is a popular holistic treatment herb used as a sleeping aid. Interestingly, valerian works similarly to conventional sleeping pills. By increasing the levels of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain, valerian induces drowsiness and sleepiness. You can take valerian an hour before bedtime as an extract, tea, or capsule. You can experience its full effect after a week or two of regular intake.
Aromatherapy relies on your body’s response to certain olfactory signals. Essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang work well in calming your body and mind. You can try putting lavender sachets in your pillow or adding lavender oil to your bath water. You can also try sipping chamomile tea before going to bed.
3) Relaxation Techniques
Insomnia or lack of sleep is often caused and related to stress. Practicing relaxation techniques prior to your bedtime increases your chances of having a better sleep. Some methods you may want to consider include deep breathing, visualization, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation. Playing soothing music can be relaxing to the mind too. I once had a free hotel stay and fell asleep with the sounds of nature in the lounge. By playing soft tunes before bedtime helps prepare your body for sleep.