home remedies for insomniaIt is the worst: you finally get the chance to lay down for the night after a long day of work, errands, and more work. You put your head down on your pillow, close your eyes, and wait for the magic to happen.  Ten minutes pass, and you start over-thinking everything.  Maybe your feet are too cold, so you put on some socks.  Maybe sleeping on your back is better for you than laying on your side, so you lie flat.  Ten minutes pass again, and after feeling exhausted throughout the entire day, you are suddenly wide away.  Did you refill your cat’s water bowl? Did I send that one important email? Sleep: it just is not happening.

According to the national sleep foundation, insomnia affects nearly 50% of Americans occasionally, and about 22% on a daily basis.  So, fear not, because if you suffer from insomnia, chances are that the person next to you has too, at one point or another.  The good news is, you do not need to resort to over the counter medication, sleep aids, or any prescriptions to combat your insomnia.  There are plenty of natural and home remedies to treat your sleeping issue, and we going to go over a few of them today.  Open your eyes (if you can), and have a look!

Questions To Ask Yourself

Before we get into some home remedies, let’s look into some of the causes as to why you might be having trouble getting some shut eye.  It is always helpful to know how you might be able to prevent or minimize the causes of your problem.  A good way to get to the root of the problem is to ask yourself a few questions:

home remedies for insomniaHome Remedies for Insomnia

There are plenty of areas of your life you can address to help with your insomnia. Let’s take a look at some of the various aspects of your life you can hone in on to treat your insomnia in the comfort of your own home.

Bedroom:  Your bedroom is essential, as it is the place where you should be doing all of your sleeping.  As such, you should create an environment that works well for you when you need to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

Smell:  There are certain smells that are known to make you drowsy.  First off, think about some smells that are soothing to you and that you associate with comfort.  For instance, if the smell of cinnamon brings back nostalgic memories of childhood and your bedroom, try out a cinnamon smelling candle or oil for your room.

Herbs:  There are plenty of natural herbal supplements in the market, and a few of them are known to help with relaxation and sleeping.

Mind Hacks:  Of course, you can always attempt to use some mind tricks to will your brain into a good night’s sleep.  Try these out:

Tummy Attention:  You almost hear everywhere to “never go to bed on a full stomach”, because you will likely: gain weight, have bad dreams, or not be able to sleep.  On the other hand, if you try to go to bed hungry, you could otherwise be plagued with a growling stomach, thoughts of food, and hunger pangs.  Of course you do not want to pack in a huge meal, but a light nighttime snack can’t hurt.  Consider these options:

Stick to a schedule:  Sleeping at weird times every night can put your body’s internal clock completely out of whack.  A great way to make sure that your body is ready for sleep every night is to get it used to the same schedule — just like you would a baby!

Other Tips:  Here are some other do’s and don’ts for a peaceful night’s snooze.

Get Some Rest!

Rest easy in knowing that there are plenty of natural remedies that can get your sleeping schedule back on track.  Udemy carries some wonderful courses on how to get a successful night’s sleep.  And hopefully, tonight when you hit your pillow, the next thing you know, you will be waking up to the morning sun!

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