10 Best Home Remedies For Insomnia

Insomnia or sleeplessness is a disorder that plagues between 30 to 50% of the global population, out of which an estimated 10% of the cases are chronic. Sadly, it is more women than men who keep tossing in their beds with sleep eluding them most of the night. The good news is that there are several easy home remedies for insomnia that let you get a good night’s sleep.

With two types of insomnia (acute and chronic) bothering the confirmed night owls, the acute type is somewhat temporary and lasts a few days or weeks, utmost. However, chronic insomnia lasts much longer and should never be ignored. The primary causes of insomnia or sleeplessness are anxiety, stress, irregular sleep habits, psychotic problems, change in sleep environment, life style changes, and any painful conditions like arthritis.why-is-sleep-important

Causes of Insomnia

  • Pain and trauma caused by Arthritis
  • Breathlessness caused by Asthma attacks
  • Problems caused due to Parkinson’s disease
  • Reflux caused due to gastrointestinal diseases
  • Migraine caused by sinus and other nasal allergies

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Difficulty going to sleep during nights
  • Waking up in the middle of the night for no reason
  • Waking up early in the morning feeling restless
  • Fatigued after a night of lack of sleep
  • Drowsiness and tiredness during the day

See a doctor immediately if:

  • The sleeplessness syndrome persists in spite of home remedies and other medication. It is unhealthy to lose sleep most part of the night and can lead to serious complication if left untreated.

10 Amazing Home Remedies For Insomnia

Insomnia or having difficulty going to sleep in the night is a universal problem that may people are battling ever day in their lives. However, here are a few easy home remedies for insomnia:

10. Nutmeg

Procedure:

  • Take a fresh Nutmeg. Powder it.
  • Take a small pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of the powder.
  • Mix it with warm milk. Drink it before bedtime.
  • Follow the remedy for a few days to sleep better.

How does this work?

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) is probably the best natural sedative that hardly has any side effect. Nutmeg is native to certain small islands near Indonesia and is grown widely in Asia, and is available all over the world. This delicate and mildly sweet spice contains abundant quantities of magnesium that helps reduce nervous tension.

It also induces the release of serotonin that can create a sense of calm and sedateness. When serotonin gets converted to melatonin in the brain the person who has consumed nutmeg is able to sleep peacefully. Nutmeg is the best natural treatment for insomnia, which lets you sleep like a baby.

The Remedy is not Good if:

  • The dosage is exceeded, which may lead to very deep sleep. Caution must be exercised when selecting the quantity to be ingested.

9. Saffron Threads

Procedure:

  • Take one or two strands of pure Saffron.
  • Mix it in a glass of warm milk. Drink the saffron milk before bedtime.
  • Continue the process for a month.

How does this work?

Saffron (Crocus sativus) has the distinction of being the world’s most expensive spice, not without reason too. It has immense health benefits and is the most sought after spice in the whole world. Although it is added in recipes to enhance the flavor of the dish being prepared it has its own medicinal benefits as well.

Saffron is a known anti-depressant, thanks to its serotonin metabolism properties. The side effects are mild and rather beneficial too. While it naturally reduces the appetite levels it simultaneously elevates the mood and does away with depression, leading to undisturbed sleep. Saffron is probably one of the safest home remedies for insomnia in adults.

 The Remedy is not Good if:

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, it is a prohibitively expensive spice and needs to be ingested in microscopic quantities. Also, avoid using it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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8. Turmeric & Cinnamon In Milk

Procedure:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of pure Turmeric Powder and 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder in a glass of warm milk. Drink the milk before going to bed.
  • Continue the process for a week or so.

How does this work?

Drinking warm milk mixed with Turmeric powder and Cinnamon powder has a soothing effect on the nerves and gives one a comforting feeling. Apart from being healthy (Turmeric has many health benefits and is a great antiseptic agent as well as an anti-inflammatory agent), this mixture lulls one to sleep due to the sugar levels being balanced by Cinnamon powder, giving a chance to the hormones to work better and induce sleep. Milk mixed with Turmeric powder and Cinnamon powder is one of the safest home remedies for Insomnia.

The remedy is not good, if:

Drinking milk mixed with Turmeric powder and Cinnamon powder does not cause any adverse side effects and is quite safe enough for children, though the quantity of Cinnamon needs to be reduced for kids.

7. Valerian Root

Procedure:

  • Boil one teaspoon of dried Valerian root powder in two glasses of water.
  • Add the Valerian root powder and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink one glass before bedtime.
  • Continue the process for as long as required.

How does this work?

Valerian root has been recommended for sleeplessness for ages. It enhances the levels of GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) which has a regulatory action on the nerve cells and has a soothing and calming effect. It is prescribed as an anti-anxiety drug to control agitated patients. The calming effects of this natural root help insomnia patients enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. The best part is that it hardly has any side effects. Valerian root powder is one of the best home cures for insomnia.

The Remedy is not Good if:

  • There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. Taking Valerian root powder regularly before bedtime assures a good night’s sleep.

6. Yoga Asanas

Procedure:

How does this work?

Practicing Yoga Asanas regularly is very good for the body and mind. There are specific Asanas for every conceivable condition and practicing Yoga regularly can cure many ills, and insomnia or sleeplessness is no exception. Practice the Padhangustha Asana or bending forward and touching your toes to calm your nerves.

Similarly, regular practice of Marjaryasana helps maintain regularity in breathing and is great for a good night’s peaceful sleep. Practicing Sethubandha Asana also has a calming effect on the nerves as has Savasana or the corpse pose which helps still the tormented mind and lets it go blank. Yoga Asanas make an excellent home cure for insomnia.

 The Remedy is not Good if:

There is no reason why this remedy should not be good. However, take the advice of a trained Yoga instructor or follow reliable tutorials before attempting any Yoga Asana.

I don’t have trouble falling asleep but I wake up after several hours and then can’t go back to sleep. Is this insomnia?

  • Hey Live A Little Longer I tried all these remedies and I haven’t overcome insomnia :( I am suffering a lot because of improper sleep. Is there any other remedies? Kindly Help!

    • You can try all the above remedy and you can see a drastic change. We are expecting to hear from you that you have recovered from insomnia.

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