10 Ways to Fall Asleep Naturally

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Having trouble falling asleep? It doesn’t help when Daylight Savings Time (November 1st this year) throws off our internal clocks! And because most of us already don’t get enough sleep, the change in our schedules can easily cause sleeping problems. Even aside from the Daylight Savings Time change, seasonal changes (less sunshine and warmth) pull down our energy levels, which can actually lead to restlessness. While our instincts kick in for bedtime a lot sooner during the dark, cold months, we stay awake mentally because our brains are used to being active all day. This can all add up to difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep for many of us.

Hold off on those sleeping pills! Here are 10 all-natural remedies to help you fall asleep naturally:

1. Avoid alcohol & caffeine

Avoid using caffeine to stay awake during the day if you’re sleeping poorly. It can provoke insulin resistance and still be in your system at a time when your body should slowly be gearing down for sleep. Also avoid using alcohol to promote sleep. It disrupts REM sleep and even though it might make you fall asleep, the quality of sleep you achieve will not be good.

2. Set up for tranquility

Dim the lights as much as possible, lower the temperature in your bedroom, and draw a warm bath scented with essential lavender oil. Lavender has aroma-therapeutic properties to encourage relaxation. Try to do all of this before 10 PM.

3. Try Rescue Sleep

If sleep eludes you and your mind is rehashing the worries and problems of the day, try two sprays of Rescue Sleep on your tongue or a few drops of this tincture into your mouth or in a beverage. (If you have sensitivity to alcohol put your drops in a hot beverage to allow the small amount of alcohol in the tincture to dissipate.) Click here for a $2.00-off E-Coupon.

4. Steep to sleep!

A steaming cup of chamomile tea opens your sinuses for long, deep breaths. Chamomile is famous for its ability to calm and soothe the nerves. Besides, the tasty tea will warm your belly, preparing you for cozy comfort in bed.

5. Some sound science

You can also try taking some kava kava, valerian root, magnesium, inositol, L-tryptophan or a dose of melatonin. These are all completely natural ways to encourage your body to embrace sleep.

6. Eat foods high in melatonin

Try a bowlful of yummy oatmeal topped with crunchy walnuts and chewy cherries, all naturally high in melatonin. If you aren’t in the mood for something sweet, have a small salad of dark green leafy vegetables. All of these are great sources of melatonin! Save the protein and healthy fats for breakfast and lunch or early supper; they’ll prevent sleepiness.

7. Did you exercise today?

Without having exercised earlier in the day, our bodies’ excess energy gets in the way of our sleep.

8. Try homeopathic remedies

Here’s an all-natural, safe and healthy way to fall asleep that isn’t dangerous like some conventional sleeping pills, but is effective when other natural methods aren’t working. Try Hyalnd’s Soothe and Sleep Kit – containing just simple, natural Nerve Tonic and gentle, safe Calms Forte.

Want to win a Savvy Rest Organic Mattress? Be sure to enter the Hyland’s Sleep Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Savvy Rest Organic Mattress. Who wouldn’t sleep more soundly knowing that they aren’t breathing in mysterious substances from their mattress?

9. A chemistry lesson

Are you getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet? Our expert says that boosting these and limiting Omega 6 fatty acids can improve your sleep quality overall.

10. Soak up that sun!

Getting plenty of natural sunlight during the daytime will bring your system up to speed so that you’ll be ready to rest at night. Also read more about Bright Light Therapy. It is a treatment used for people who suffer from circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Your body has an internal clock that tells it when it is time to be asleep and when it is time to be awake.

Thanks to Monika Woolsley and Dr. Denise Lamothe, our knowledgeable experts, for sharing these great tips!

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