Savvy Tips for Insomnia – Help Me Sleep

Tips for when you can't sleep.
Tips for when you can’t sleep.

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.

Pills aren't really the answer for insomnia, especially if their addictive.
Pills aren’t really the answer for insomnia, especially if their addictive.

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!

Have you tried any of these suggestions for insomnia? Do you have suggestions that have worked for you?

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