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4 Natural Remedies for Insomnia

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April 30, 2019 | Categories:

If you’re like most people, you experience the occasional sleepless night. But when does it go from tossing and turning to insomnia?

There are two types of insomnia:

  • Acute Insomnia: Having trouble sleeping for just a few days or weeks
  • Chronic Insomnia: Having trouble sleeping for one month or longer.

If you’re hesitant to test medical options for treating insomnia, there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore. When you have nights where you’re struggling to fall asleep even though you’re tired, try these natural remedies for insomnia to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Check out the 9 reasons why you’re not getting enough sleep.

The Best Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Try Yoga Poses for Sleep

Many yoga poses can help you feel so relaxed that you fall asleep faster. Consider these two yoga poses from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health the next time you can’t sleep. Try a Standing Forward Bend by placing legs hip-distance apart, and folding forward, extending your arms toward the floor and reaching your head towards the ground. You can place yoga blocks under the crown of your head to rest on and allow the body to relax. Stay here for 10 deep breaths before slowly rising back up to standing. Next, sit do a Cross-Legged Pose on your bed or the floor, sitting on a rolled up blanket or pillow. Wrap your arms around one another in Eagle Pose (intertwined) and fold forward over your legs. Take five deep breaths. Sit up, then put the other leg in front of and switch arm positions. Fold forward again for five more breaths.

Practice Meditation for Sleep

There has been quite a bit of research on the health benefits of meditation in recent years and a new study shows that mindfulness meditation might help people who suffer from chronic insomnia. Study subjects with insomnia combined mindfulness practices like meditation with better behavioral sleep tips and experienced fewer sleep disturbances throughout the night.

If you’re new to meditation, try it out for 10 minutes a day while in bed using a free app like Insight Timer, Headspace, Inscape or Calm, to name just a few. Search the apps for “sleep meditation” to make sure you’re getting one that will prep you for a deep sleep. Remember to turn off phone notifications and silence the ringer so you won’t be disturbed as you relax into sleep.

Listen to a Sleep Story

Bedtime tales aren’t just for kids! Sleep app companies are introducing bedtime stories or “sleep stories” in addition to meditation tracks to help users fall asleep. Millions of grownups are listening to relaxing bedtime stories that lure them to sleep. Try out Sleep Stories on the Calm app to reduce racing thoughts so you can drift off to sleep.

Use Essential Oils for Sleep

You’ve probably read that lavender is a soothing scent that can help you feel calm and relaxed. Several small studies have found that inhaling a lavender odor can help solve some sleep issues, like mild insomnia. Consider adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a tissue or cloth and taking a few deep, relaxing inhales while you’re in bed. You could also add a few drops of lavender to an aromatherapy diffuser with water and breathe that in while you sleep.

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