– Natural Remedies for a Good Night’s Sleep
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many of us. With some, it is chronic, with others it is a short
term. There are many causes. Among these are stress, indigestion,
mineral deficiency, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, too much
caffeine, prescription drugs, etc.
syndrome is a common form of insomnia. In many cases, it is caused
by a pH imbalance in the body and can be helped by supplementing
a balanced calcium/magnesium formula. Other cases may be deficiency
related and usually respond well to potassium, magnesium, iron or
Some of my
favorite remedies for insomnia are homeopathic. Homeopathics are
extremely dilute natural substances such as herbs or minerals that
dont have negative side effects and do not interfere with
prescription medication. These tend to work well for short-term
sleeplessness such as travel, worrying about gas prices, or concern
over your mothers surgery, etc. Another form of homeopathic
is known as flower remedies which are effective particularly in
small children that are afraid of the dark or have nightmares.
complain of insomnia around mid-life. A common problem is too much
estrogen in relation to progesterone. Natural progesterone is a
very calming hormone and many women find that insomnia along with
other hormonal related problems will disappear with the use of natural
progesterone cream. There are other supplements that help balance
hormones while also helping balance insomnia.
for sleep is 5-HTP which is a natural substance that the body makes
from the amino acid tryptophan. It helps regulate serotonin levels.
It can be used for both mild depression and insomnia. Users tend
to report better energy in the day and better sleep at night. Note
that 5-HTP cannot be used by those on prescription antidepressants.
Wort and SAM-e also work for better sleep. Like 5-HTP, they also
regulate serotonin levels and help you feel less stressed during
the day and sleep more soundly at night.
favorite is phosphorylated B vitamins. These are the Bs
that are natural to the body that help reduce stress while at the
same time giving an energy boost during the day. A symptom of this
B vitamin deficiency is waking in the middle of the night and not
being able to go back to sleep.
using lavender essential oil is another good sleep remedy. The smell
is very soothing. You can use a few drops of the oil in a warm bath
before bedtime or use the drops in a diffuser or on a cotton cloth
placed under your pillow.
also herbal remedies for better sleep. Teas with chamomile and passion
flower are nice; however, if you are allergic to ragweed, stay away
from chamomile since it belongs to the same family. Also, there
are herbal capsules that you can take. Good herbs for sleep include
valerian, hops and passionflower. If stress is the reason you arent
sleeping well, there are also herbal stress remedies that help strengthen
and soothe the nerves.
not least, melatonin is the hormone that sets the body clock. As
we age, we produce less of it so, it can be a great supplement
for some people.
begins with a good nights sleep, so take something natural
and get to sleep.
May 4, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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