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4 Old-fashioned Remedies for Sleeplessness

July 4, 2014 | Comment

Not being able to get a good night’s sleep affects more than your performance at work the next day; it can lead to all kinds of health problems over the long run, like lowered immune system efficiency and even obesity. In today’s day and age it seems there’s a pill for everything, but many people prefer instead to go the natural route when it comes to healing their bodies. There are lots of DIY remedies for sleeplessness, so here are four that may do the trick for you.

1. Chamomile tea. You can and should debate the merits of the Personal Comfort Bed versus the Sleep Number Bed, because a good mattress is a solid foundation for a great night’s sleep, but some chamomile tea is a wonderful way to help cure sleeplessness. It is easy to find, pretty cheap to find and tastes especially soothing with a teaspoon of honey.

2. Warm bath. A warm bath – where the water isn’t so hot that your skin goes red from the temperature – is another old-fashioned way to put yourself in the right mind frame for ZZZs. It relaxes muscles and can aid in relieving built-up stress. Add some essential oils, like rose or lavender, for additional calming.

3. Get up. This might sound counter-productive, but the longer you lay in bed the more you obsess over your inability to sleep. Instead of worrying, just get up and do something that’s boring for about 20 minutes – something non-screen related.

4. Yoga before bed. In preparation for a night full of rest, pull out your yoga mat as part of your “getting ready for bed” routine and do about 10 to 15 minutes of gentle poses. The emphasis on meditation and inner thought should help calm your mind and body.
Sleeplessness, like so many other physical ailments, can often be treated without any pills or medications, but you should always check with your doctor if the problem persists.

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