Herbal Remedies to Help You Sleep and Cure Insomnia

Many people at some point in their lives have had difficulty falling asleep or getting high quality sleep, but few are at the mercy of insomnia, a sleep disorder that doesn’t allow people to sleep when they want to, even if they’re tired. Those who have trouble sleeping sometimes turn to sleeping pills, which can occasionally help, but may also create dependency. Chronic insomnia, which can last for longer than a month, can be caused by another disorder, high levels of stress, or it can be the primary disorder not attributable to another medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause.

How can I prevent insomnia?

  • Meditate prior to bedtime for 10 to 20 minutes to relax the body, putting it into a state of sleep readiness.
  • Exercise prior to sleeping, as the extra expelling of energy may be a huge help in being able to settle down to a good sleep.
  • Stop reading bright devices, such as cell phones or tablets, at least 20 minutes prior to bed to promote melatonin release.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  • Tossing and turning in bed.
  • Functional impairment while awake.
  • An increase in memory problems, depression, irritability, and an increased risk of heart disease.

How do I get rid of insomnia?

  • Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine for treatment of insomnia, which is said to release points of tension that may influence the body’s functions.
  • Taking a melatonin supplement helps sleep disturbances while long-term effects are minimal because it’s a hormone that the body already creates.
  • The root of valerian may help promote the onset of sleep as well as help with sleep maintenance.
  • Drinking a nice, warm tea with chamomile is helpful is treating insomnia as well.
  • Many other herbs that help with anxiety are also helpful in treating insomnia, such as passionflower, hops, and lemon balm.
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