Here are some ideas to help you sleep better without medicine.
For the last several years, I have struggled on and off to get a good night’s sleep. I first remember having a hard time sleeping consistently when I was pregnant with our first child. I felt huge, rolling over was hard, and I had to pee a lot. Then after she was born, there were all the middle of the night feedings. Once she was out of that stage, I slept with one ear open in case she needed something during the night. Then I got pregnant again. You get the point.
So I have become an expert in this field sadly. And here are some natural solutions I have found that work well. (At times some work better than others for me. You just need to do some trial and error for yourself.)
Tips to Help You Sleep Better Naturally
- Magnesium. Magnesium has many benefits, some of which include calming anxiety, relieving constipation and muscle aches, and it can help your heart, just to name a few. So magnesium may be a good idea for you for other health reasons as well. But it can also promote sleep, so why not take it before bed? It really did help me sleep better. The only issue I ran into was that it would upset my stomach sometimes in the morning, which has happened to others as well. But if your stomach can handle it, I do recommend a good quality magnesium pill before bed to help you sleep.
- Valerian Root. Valerian root can be found on this link or at any health food store. It has helped me get a good night’s sleep through the years. Besides supporting a good night’s sleep, valerian can also benefit you by calming anxiety, lowering blood pressure, easing menstrual cramps, and improving stress. If you would like to read more about it, you can check out the article by Dr. Axe.
- Lavender and Bergamot. Lavender and bergamot, in essential oil form, can be used a few different ways. You can put a couple of drops on a tissue and place it between your pillowcase and pillow. The aroma can help you sleep better. You can also diffuse a few drops of it in water if you have an essential oil diffuser. But the way I use it is by putting lavender essential oil on the bottoms of my feet. Our feet have the much larger pores than the rest of our bodies, meaning it soaks into our skin more effectively. Personally I find this to help a little bit. But if I am really in a season of not sleeping well, I need to combine essential oils with something else on this list as well. But for a nightly routine, it works just fine.
- Dream (by Uncorked). Dream is a natural sleep aid that I really enjoy. It is a pill that has Valerian Root, Hops Flower, Skullcap, Chamomile Flower, Passion flower and Melatonin in it. This one has benefited me really well for me in terms of going to sleep faster and staying asleep. Yet it is mild enough to not cause grogginess or upset stomach the next day.
I have tried other sleep tips like eating certain foods, avoiding caffeine and sugar, not watching TV or being on my phone before bed, and many other things. These may help a little, but honestly the things I have listed above are the ones that have worked best for me consistently through the years.
If you are having a hard time sleeping due to a cold, read my article on how to prevent a cold naturally that you can try next time you feel like you’re coming down with something.
Sleep is a blessing, and we all know that we need it to function properly, to let our brains and bodies rest, and just so we won’t be easily frustrated at work the next day.
I hope these tips help you. Please post below what works for you. I may give it a try! And don’t forget to share with a friend who might benefit from this information.