We’ve all experienced it at some point: feeling exhausted, yet lying wide awake at night, mind racing and unable to fall asleep.
And of course the more you worry about losing sleep, the harder it actually is to drift off!
Is insomnia troubling you? There’s a range natural sleep remedies you can try to help you fall asleep more easily and to stay asleep throughout the night.
1. Make your bedroom sleep friendly
The first step to alleviating sleep troubles is to address the environment you’re sleeping in. Clear away clutter as this can add to feelings of anxiety. Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet. Comfortable pillows, covers and a mattress are also key to an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
2. Do some yoga before bed
If you find it hard to wind down at the end of the day, introduce yoga to your bedtime routine. A few gentle stretches and deep breathing exercises can help to ease stress and muscular tension that may be keeping you awake at night.
3. Try using essential oils
Many essential oils are effective aids for relaxation. Lavender scent is known to be particularly effective at easing anxiety and inducing sleep. Try sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before bedtime.
4. Drink Valerian tea
Valerian root has been used for centuries as a calming remedy. Brew a cup of tea with this natural herb before bedtime. If you find the odour quite strong, you could also take natural Valerian in capsule form.
5. Take melatonin supplements
Melatonin is the hormone which our brain releases when there is an absence of light, signalling our body it’s time to sleep. Melatonin can be taken as a natural supplement to encourage the onset of sleep.
6. Add some plants to your bedroom
Many household plants are natural sleep remedies. Why? Plants are highly effective at clearing toxins from the air, which helps to promote relaxation and a better night’s sleep. Top indoor plants which are proven to aid sleep include aloe vera, jasmine, and peace lily.
Which natural sleep remedies work best for you?
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