Many people turn to a pharmacy when they experience sleepless nights, and that isn’t always necessary. In fact, it doesn’t always work. Whether you’re looking for a natural alternative to sleep medications or looking for something that works more effectively that drugs, you can get real results without medication. While medicine may or may not give you temporary results, it’s never a permanent cure for insomnia.
There are an estimated 25 million people in America — and countless millions of others around the world — who can’t sleep at night. That means if you don’t sleep as well as you’d like, you’re certainly not alone. But there is something you can do. There are natural cures for insomnia available that can make a real difference in the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life.
Even better, these cures don’t cost a fortune and don’t require taking pills that could cause long-term harm to your body. All you need to give these remedies a try is a few dollars and a sleepless night on which to try them out. So let’s cut the introduction short and get to the point. Consider these five simple natural cures for insomnia that just might work for you:
1. Drink herbal tea. Available from any grocery store or health food store, herbal tea doesn’t have to be marketed as medicinal to work for enhancing sleep. Tea is proven in a clinical setting to help induce sleep. And besides, it’s relaxing to drink a cup while having a cookie or other small snack. You’ll get the most benefit from chamomile, valerian, passionflower and lavender.
2. Take an herbal bath. Forget the shower and try a hot bath instead. To the bath water, add a few drops of an herbal oil you like. It will help increase the comfort and relaxation that your bath provides. You’ll feel more relaxed and more tired in no time. Use the same herbs as above. You can even put a few tea bags in your bath water for a similar effect.
3. Make an herbal pillow. Instead of buying insomnia pills of questionable value that may not work for you, try putting one of the insomnia herbal oils on a handkerchief and putting it on or under your pillow or inside your pillowcase. The aroma will be apparent immediately, and you’ll surely feel better and rest easier than you have in a long time.
4. Have a deep massage. If you’re alone, this is a bit tricky — although you can successfully massage many parts of your own body. If you have a partner, however, help him or her learn deep tissue massage. It’s sensual and pleasant and can lead to a level of relaxation that will help you both sleep better — without drugs or an expensive investment. You can learn from a DVD or look up instructions online. Until you and your partner learn the techniques, try a simple shoulder rub. It will help more than you can imagine.
5. Use sound therapy. Perhaps nothing is proven more effective for insomnia than sound therapy, done with the use of soundtracks or a white noise machine. The idea is simple: just put in a CD or turn on the machine and let the natural sounds or special music and rhythms help you ease into sleep. The noise covers distracting sounds in the room and has special properties that can help you sleep better. In a way, it’s like a massage for your brain. You may not think this will make much difference, but it works for thousands — if not millions — every night.
When you take the right actions and choose natural cures for insomnia instead of ones based on chemicals and fuzzy science, you can sleep better, wake up feeling more refreshed and be more ready to face the day than you ever thought possible. And that’s an amazing thing.