Often, for a variety of reasons, falling asleep can be tricky. If you’re struggling to get to sleep and stay asleep, you may find help employing one or more of these natural remedies.
But, hey, remember – we’re not doctors – we’re just passing along sleep info. So please do your own research before diving into any or all of these natural remedies.
Four natural sleep remedies
- Magnesium & Calcium – Magnesium and calcium are both sleep boosters, and when taken together, they become even more effective. Plus, by taking magnesium, you cancel out any potential heart problems that might arise from taking calcium alone.
- Aromatherapy – Lavender is the trick here, as studies have proven that it aids in sleep. It’s also a cheap, nontoxic way to slip into a peaceful slumber. Find a spray with real lavender and spritz it on your pillow before bedtime.
- Melatonin – Melatonin is the hormone that controls sleep, so it’s no wonder that it naturally induces sleep. Although some experts recommend taking higher doses, studies show that lower doses are more effective. Plus, there’s concern that too-high doses could cause toxicity as well as raise the risk of depression or infertility. One area where melatonin is particularly helpful is jet lag.
- Meditation or Yoga – Choose gentle yoga or stretching, not vigorous power or ashtanga yoga, which could energize you instead. Try easy yoga stretches in bed followed by simple meditation. Close your eyes and, for 5 to 10 minutes, pay attention to nothing but your breathing.
You can read more about these, and other natural sleep remedies, at health.com.
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