I don’t think there is a person alive that hasn’t suffered from insomnia at least once in his/hers life.
The stressful period we live in has made insomnia and sleepless nights a common thing, not a rarity.
I’ve had several sleepless nights in my lifetime, for quite some time, I was using sleeping medication.
But as you grow older, you understand that there are countless of home remedies.
For example, I’ve found out several natural sleep aids that have helped me get rid of those sleepless nights.
The trick is to relax and get rid of stress, but few people know how to do that successfully.
Tart Cherry Juice
One of the best natural sleep aids has to be tart cherry juice.
Cherries in general help with sleeping, as they stimulate your serotonin and melatonin production.
If you cannot find fresh cherries, drinking a tart cherry juice is the next best think.
Rich with tryptophan ( an essential amino acid that converts to serotonin), cherry juice is a great ritual before going to bed.
As I mentioned, the key for a good night sleep is to calm the nerves down.
Valerian root is a natural nerve calming compound, and you can be sure to find it in almost every medicine for calming down.
So, why reach for the medicine, when you can go straight to the source?
Acting as sedative and natural sleep aid, valerian tea can be made out of valerian root.
All you need is one teaspoon of dried valerian root and some fresh water.
Boil the fresh water and then pour it over the valerian root.
You can also make an infuser with valerian root.
If you like to improve the flavor of the tea, add some honey or lemon juice.
Another tea that is excellent for calming the nerves and acting as sedative, chamomile tea can also be found as over-the-counter product.
The problem is, those over the counter chamomile teas contain lower doses of chamomile.
So, instead of buying chamomile tea, brew one yourself.
You need some quarter of a cup of fresh chamomile flowers and water.
Boil the water, pour it over the chamomile flowers, and enjoy the delightful drink.
You can add milk, honey and/or lemon juice to improve the taste.
Nothing beats warm bath as a natural sleep aid.
After a long and hard day at work, coming back home and relaxing with a bath is the best way to end the day.
You can enjoy a pure warm bath, but you can also add some essential oils for more benefits and soothing feeling.
Aromatherapy is something you can make at home, and you do not need much.
And it has been scientifically proven that taking a bath before going to bed helps you sleep better.
Grab a Banana
I know that eating fruits in the evening is not recommended since sugars cannot be processed and they result in fat and weight gain.
However, bananas are low calorie fruits, and you can afford to take one every once in a while to help with your sleep issues.
Bananas help calm you down as they are rich in magnesium, potassium and that tryptophan amino-acid I previously mentioned.
And I am not even going down the road and listing all the healthy benefits of consuming banana.
However, you should know that some musicians, actors and politicians grab a banana to calm them down before giving a speech, singing or acting.
Glass of Warm Milk
One of the natural sleep aids that have been around forever, a glass of warm milk is what every kid gets before going to bed.
But why limit the remedy to children only?
A glass of warm milk is not something that only children can drink.
Adults can benefit of it as well. Remember, milk is high in protein, which is something every adult wants as much as possible.
One thing to watch for is when you drink the milk.
The recommended timeline is 30 minutes before going to bed.
Let me propose an experiment for you.
Work out for 10 minutes every day before you go to bed, and see if there is a difference in your sleep.
There have been studies showing that physically active people sleep better, but you can test the study on your own skin.
Trust me, you won’t regret.
If there is one thing that can help you relax and calm down, that is yoga.
There are yoga poses for beginners that are easy and practical, and that you can practice for just 10 minutes before going to bed.
If trouble relaxing is the source of your sleep problems, yoga is the way to go.