Herbal Remedies for Sound Sleep
Many herbs contain natural sedatives but to ease insomnia you will also need to identify the cause of the problem. There are many causes of insomnia, and not everyone’s sleepless nights are caused by the same thing. An overactive mind brought on through too much excitement late in the evening, over exhausting late in the evening, over-exhaustion from a gruelling day at work, poor digestion from eating the wrong foods, negative thinking and worry can all prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. Rather than simply taking a sleeping pill, even a herbal one – it’s important to identify why you think you’re not getting enough sleep.
Identify the cause – If you feel irritable, tired and drained it may have more to do with stress than lack of sleep, in which case a stress relieving herb will serve you better than a sedative one. Learn how to relax and unwind as well as be active, balance is the key, and a calming and balancing herb such as lavender may be what you need.
Foods to help you sleep – It’s best not to try to sleep on a full stomach – digestion speeds up your metabolism and is likely to keep you awake. Avoid sugar, caffeine and rich foods in the evening if you want to sleep soundly. If you do need a late evening snack, however, try to following :
- Milk and Honey – Drinking milk promotes the body’s production of serotonin, which can have a sedative effect.
- Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates such as jacket potatoes, whole wheat pasta, oats, rice and whole grain bread all contain ingredients that help to relieve stress.
- Lettuce – Steep a fresh organic lettuce in one pint of freshly boiled spring water and leave to stand off the heat for 10 minutes. Strain and then sip for one hour before going to bed.