If you’re fed up of sleepless nights and have tried all of the insomnia cures you can think of, you might want to consider something more natural.
Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha recently opening up about how her menopausal-induced insomnia left her feeling isolated and lonely – and she’s not the only one. A lack of sleep can have a truly profound influence on your mood, work
ethic and general outlook on life. It can be caused by a whole host of
reasons but it is important to get on top of it as soon as possible.
There is plenty of help out there if you are struggling. Don’t be afraid to consult a professional and remember your friends or family are a great always a great place to start. But what are the causes of insomnia?
Causes of Insomnia
Insomnia is defined as having regular problems sleeping. Changing your sleeping habits can usually improve the condition but sometimes you need a little extra help.
According to the NHS, insomnia can be caused by mental health disturbances with stress, anxiety and depression.
Sleeping in poor conditions can also have a big effect on your sleep. A room that is too hot or cold or surrounded by noise can also be a huge factor.
Substances such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can also mess with your body clock.
You may be suffering from insomnia if you…
- Find it hard to go to sleep
- Wake up several times during the night
- Lie awake at night -wake up early and can’t go back to sleep
- Still feel tired after waking up
- Feel tired and irritable during the day and find it difficult to concentrate during the day because you’re tired
Although these symptoms can persist for months and even years, it is possible to tackle your insomnia.
Natural Sleep Remedies:
Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice
A US study has found that drinking on glass of this juice before bed can help you sleep for 84 minutes longer each night. It contains procyanidin and anthocyaninswhich stop the build-up of chemicals on the brain linked to poor sleep. The juice is more common in America but can be purchased in health stores and some supermarkets. Holland&Barret sell Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice concentrate for £12.99 or Waitrose sell Cherrygood original cherry juice which has 5 per cent Montmorency cherry in and costs just £1.50.
Plants That Help You Sleep
A recent study from the scientists at NASA has found that certain houseplants can boost your sleep quality. Aloe Vera is one of the best plants for air purification according to NASA because it continuously releases oxygen. Jasmine is also thought to help lower anxiety levels, which in turn can help induce a deeper sleep.
Lavender is a well-know sleep-inducing aroma as it lowers blood pressure and stress levels. Try a few drops of lavendar oil, like this miaroma one from Holland & Barrett, on your pillow or in a bath before bed and you should be able to snooze with ease.
Crystals For Sleep
Lana Almulla, a natural medicine specialist, beleives crystals can be a fantastic source of healing. She recommends amythest, a crystal with calm and soothing energy which will help you relax, if you are a restless sleeper. If you have a small crystal you can place it under your piillow or if you have a larger stone simply place it in your bedroom. It is important to cleanse the crystal regularly as it absorbs lots of energy while you sleep. Place under the light of the moon to cleanse the crystal or use a sage smudge.
Change Your Routine
It sounds simple but prioritising a set bedtime and wake up time can make all the difference to the quality of sleep you enjoy. Try to relax for at least one hour before you intend to sleep and avoid watching television or using your phone right before you intend to sleep.
Regular exercise is also proven to help you sleep better in the evening but avoid doing so four hours before bed. Exercising too close to your bedtime doesn’t give your body enough time to recover. If it is your only option choose a light activity such as yoga.
Get The Right Set-Up
Invest in some comfortable pillows and a good quality mattress. Changing your bed linen regularly is not only more hygienic but the feeling of fresh sheets is hard to match! Make sure your room is dark enough by putting up thick curtains or invest in a sleep mask that you can take wherever you want.