Trouble sleeping? Try these natural sleep remedies

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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 by employing one or more of these natural remedies. But, remember – we’re not doctors – we’re just passing along sleep info. So please do your research before diving into any or all of these natural remedies.

Four natural sleep remedies

  1. Magnesium & Calcium – Magnesium and calcium are both sleep boosters, and when taken at different times of the day, could enhance each other. However, the Sleep Foundation states that research is not clear on the role of magnesium supplements in the treatment of insomnia. Some studies have shown encouraging findings.
  2. Aromatherapy – Lavender is the most commonly used scent, as studies have proven that it aids in sleep. It’s also a cheap, nontoxic way to slip into a peaceful slumber. Find or make a spray with real lavender and spritz it on your pillow before bedtime – or use a diffuser. Another option is ylang ylang oil.
  3. Melatonin – Melatonin is the hormone that controls sleep, so it’s no wonder that it naturally induces sleep. The Sleep Foundation recommends only short-term use.  One area where melatonin is beneficial is jet lag.
  4. Meditation or Yoga – Choose gentle yoga or stretching, not vigorous power 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 or listen to music that relaxes you.

Finally, making sure you have comfortable, breathable bedding and a supportive mattress help you to relax and sleep better.

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First published September 1st, 2015.
Revised December 1st, 2023