Going to bed at midnight, hoping to get the most sleep you can get and to wake up fresh in the morning, but ending up tossing and turning in bed for hours and before you realize, it is 6 in the morning and you have 2 hours left to the beginning of your important meeting at work. Sounds familiar?
Weather we like it or not, insomnia affects millions of people all around the world, and if you have experienced it even once only, you know how frustrating is your wanting to sleep, but not being able to.
Sleeping pills might be a temporary solution, but once you stop using them, the problem is still here. Another inconvenience with the sleeping pills is that as they are rather strong, it might be difficult for you to get up in the morning, and even concentrate during the day. Furthermore, they are more expensive than some homemade remedies which are equally effective, but will not cause any negative side effects.
Here is a list of 3 “sleeping” drinks that have been scientifically proved to help get better sleep, and if you use them regularly, you might not face insomnia ever again.
Chamomile – lavender tea
Used for centuries as it helps people to relax, chamomile tea is amongst the most popular remedies when it comes to insomnia. It has a sedative effect which is linked to the flavonoid apigenin which is present in the tea. It also relives generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and improves the overall health of the nervous system.
Lavender’s scent has an extremely calming effect on the nerves. Recent studies have even discovered that the very odor of lavender changes the brainwave patterns. So, adding just a teaspoon of fresh or dry lavender to your chamomile tea will enhance this tea’s soothing properties. Give it a try! You will doze off in no time.
For this drink you will need: a teaspoon of lavender buds, a teaspoon of chamomile buds and 8 ounces of water.
This cure for sleeplessness has been used for ages, parents usually give it to their children before bedtime and there is a reason why this is so. Milk has large quantities of the amino acid tryptophan which helps induce sleep as it has a calming effect on the nerves.
Recent studies though, have shown that milk does not raise tryptophan levels, but it raises internal body temperature, which is relaxing and makes us sleepy and calm.
Whatever the case, many people swear that with this bedtime ritual, even the placebo effect is very powerful. Addition of honey and nutmeg further increases the “sleeping power” of this drink. Nutmeg especially is a powerful spice which is a natural sleep-aid.
For this drink you will need: milk, honey and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg.
Cherry juice helps increase the melatonin levels in the body, an antioxidant that regulates our sleep cycles, according to a small study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in June 2010 reveals. You can also add vanilla to it, as it goes well with cherries and its scent works as aromatherapy which helps in dozing off.
For this drink you will need: 5-8 ounces of tart cherry juice and a drop of vanilla extract.
So there you go, pretty cheap home remedies that are easy to make and promise a good night sleep. Make sure you try them all and see which one suits you best. Sleep tight!