Unless you’ve had insomnia before, you don’t really know what it feels like to lay in bed wanting to sleep but unable to. Sleep deprivation affects an increasing portion of the population, and most patients opt to cure their insomnia with medication. While this is effective, it is arguably better to take a more “natural” and holistic approach to curing your sleep disorder. Keep reading for ways to get a full night sleep without taking any drugs.
Destress Before Bedtime
Most of us can’t sleep because we’re too stressed out when we put our heads down to sleep. If you have the space, portable hot tubs are an affordable way to destress right before you go to sleep. They aren’t as difficult to maintain as you’d think, and the hot bubbly water can get you relaxed and drowsy enough to get into bed. You’ll probably sleep through the night if you move from the hot tub to the bedroom as soon as possible. That way you don’t have time enough to get stressed out over anything.
Use Aromatherapy In The Bedroom
It is a well-known fact that aromatherapy has a calming effect on people. Many essential oils can be used to help aid better sleep, such as lavender oil and chamomile oil. So invest in getting an aromatherapy diffuser (safer than candles) and turn it on in your bedroom a little while before you head to sleep. This will not only help you fall asleep faster but it will also help you stay asleep.
Changes To Your Diet
Eating heavy meals directly before bedtime is likely to disrupt your sleep pattern, especially if you tend to suffer from heartburn. Try to keep your last meal of the day light, or avoid eating for two hours before bed, to prevent indigestion that will wake you up at night. Also reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Try to drink your coffee early in the morning and avoid that evening cup of tea. You could have chamomile tea before bed because it has a soothing, sleep-inducing effect on some people. Eating healthier meals is generally good for your health, but it will also help you sleep better. Additionally, you can start exercising to help your sleep pattern. But keep in mind that working out directly before bedtime will give you a surge in energy. Just keep your exercise time sometime in the evening and you should be tired by bedtime.
Keep Screen Time Out Of The Bedroom
Most of us nowadays are practically addicted to our smartphones, and it’s the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing we check before we sleep. Keep your smartphone out of the bedroom, because that bright light you’re scrolling through tricks your brain into thinking it is morning time. The same goes for televisions – you shouldn’t have one in the bedroom. Ideally, you should turn off all devices an hour before bedtime.
As you can see, there are various home remedies that can help you sleep better. While these aren’t perfect solutions, and may not work for extreme cases of insomnia, they are worth giving a try.