If you are having trouble sleeping you don’t have to go to your doctor for the latest wonder pill. There are many natural sleep remedies that have been used successfully for thousands of years and they actually work.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile home remedies available. It has been used for centuries and has a wide range of uses including use for allergies, headaches, skin conditions, depression and insomnia.
I have used apple cider vinegar regularly for several years and have found it to be excellent at helping me sleep better at night. Not only do I sleep better but I sleep less and always wake up before my alarm clock goes off.
But here is the catch. Apple cider vinegar also gives you a burst of energy. If you drink it before bed you will not be able to sleep. So only drink it in the morning. You will still notice the difference when you fall asleep at night. It seems counter intuitive to take a sleep remedy in the morning rather than right before bed, but it works.
Lavender is an old folk remedy that has been used since Greek and Roman times to help people relax and fall asleep. Apparently warriors would have lavender baths to help them relax when they returned home from battle.
Lavender is available in a variety of forms including essential oils, soaps, lotions and tinctures. Many people find that placing a lavender diffuser in their bedroom helps, or spraying their pillow with a lavender mist helps.
Valerian is another old folk remedy that is used for insomnia. Valerian is a plant, whose roots are dried and used as remedies. These days it is often taken as a capsule or in a tincture.
However clinical studies that have attempted to confirm the science behind valerian have been less than conclusive. Indications are that valerian does work but a more robust study would be needed in order to claim anything conclusively.
5 HTP is something few people have heard of. It comes from the seeds of a West African medicinal plant and stands for 5-Hydroxytryptophan.
5 HTP helps regulate the bodies serotonin levels. Serotonin levels affect your moods and ability to sleep. In todays modern world where life is fast paced many people suffer from low levels of serotonin.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced in the body while we are asleep. Melatonin promotes sleep and the hormone can affect circadian rhythm and is known to reset the internal body clock.
However too much melatonin is detrimental and while further studies need to be done small doses of melatonin taken in consultation with your doctor can improve sleep.
About The Author
Thomas writes about natural bedrooms and how to create an eco-friendly sleeping haven at Luxury Organic Mattress. This includes information on creating a green bedroom, sleeping disorders, back pain while sleeping and organic bedroom products.
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