How to Naturally Treat Insomnia

Naturally Treat Insomnia

There are two different types of insomnia. The first is temporary insomnia, which is when you can't get to sleep easily for up to a few weeks. Chronic insomnia is worse, and something you should really see your doctor about. Both types of insomnia will leave you tired throughout the day and prevent you from getting a good night of sleep. This can be seriously detrimental to your health, especially if it is a continuous problem. Luckily, you can treat insomnia completely naturally.

Things You'll Need
  • Valerian root Melatonin Tryptophan

1. Start by limiting the time you spend in bed to sleeping only. Many people use their bed to do other things, like watch TV, read a book or talk on the phone. If the bed is only used for sleeping, then the brain will begin to associate the two and you drift off easier when you get into bed at night.

2. Change your diet, especially at night. Eat light meals that aren't full of fat, and grease and make sure you eat it at a decent time. Eating right before bed will make it harder for your body to fall asleep because it needs to process all that food.

3. Take melatonin supplements if you have insomnia caused by jet lag or just an irregular work week, something that doesn't relate to chronic insomnia. This is a hormone that will help regulate your sleep cycles.

4. Take valerian root every day for at least a week in order to get the best effect. This is a natural herb that comes in pill form and is used regularly as a treatment for insomnia.

5. Take tryptophan dietary supplements as well. If you have ever eaten turkey and fallen into a food coma afterward, this is the hormone to blame. It increases serotonin, which will calm your nerves, and melatonin to help lull you to sleep.