I occasionally have trouble sleeping, and I used to take Benadryl® for insomnia. I have friends who deal with insomnia often; I see their comments on Facebook on the topic. They are always looking for ways to get to sleep that do not involve addictive drugs.
So, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions for when you can’t sleep. I’ve not tried them all myself. Hopefully some of them will help you.
Tips for Insomnia:
- Lavender essential oil – I’m told that lavender can be very relaxing. Sadly, I’m one of those people that, for some reason, cannot be near the smell.
- Drink warm milk
- Listen to white noise or relaxation CDs
- Magnesium – I’m a huge fan of magnesium for many reasons. It is essential for every process. There is a magnesium supplement called Natural Calm that is recommended by many.
- Read something spiritual or religious before bed to help you relax.
- Sleep in complete darkness. Darkness aids in production of melatonin & seratonin – which are natural sleep aids.
- Journaling – If you’re not sleeping because all the things you have to do tomorrow are running through your head, try writing them all down.
- Deep breathing exercises
Next week, I’ll have some suggestions for preventing insomnia. Pleasant Dreams!
Sleeping baby Photo Courtesy xlibber via Flickr