It is 4:00 A.M. and still the sleep has not knocked your door, and you begin to feel helpless and worries as how will you work tomorrow? How will you cope up with a presentation at the meeting or how will you manage the kids, being sleep deprived?
On an average adult need seven to eight hours of sleep, but insomnia doesn’t let them sleep. Research shows that insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and over one-third of US population finds it difficult to sleep enough to function well throughout the day. Also, insomnia has a number of serious health risks associated like cardiovascular diseases, depression and anxiety. To deal with this serious issue, here are some home remedies for curing insomnia:
- Get comfortable: The sleep may elude if the bed is too soft or too hard or if the pillows are not right. To get proper sleep it is very important to sleep in a quieter room. As per the National Sleep Foundation the ideal sleep inducing environment is quiet, dark, comfortable and cool. Also, remember the bedroom is the place for sex and sleep and not for eating, work or arguing with your partner.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine: Though, alcohol can make you feel drowsy and put you to sleep, but you will wake up later in the night because of full bladder or a headache or stomach ache. Also, after the sedative effect of alcohol disappears, the rebound effect gives you a lot of trouble to sleep again. And caffeine on the other hand stimulates the brain and affects the sleeping pattern.
- Take little sugar: It is suggested to finish your meal at least two to three hours before the bedtime. But to get a sound sleep, a glass of milk and some cookies can do wonders. Eating sugary foods about thirty minutes before bedtime act as a sedative and induce sound sleep. Honey has the same effect like sugar. Add one tablespoon of honey to your cup of herbal tea or warm milk and enjoy a relaxed sleep.
Other home remedies that you must try are establishing a sleep pattern, exercise, adequate carbohydrates and meditation. The secret is to make the body and mind feel relaxed so that you can sleep.