It might be the six cups of coffee you drank throughout the day. It might be the fact that your brain, rather than taking the rest it needs, has opted to spend the night worrying over small details. Or, as is often the case in the summer, it might be the uncomfortable heat keeping you awake.
Whatever the reason, sleeplessness can have broad, deleterious effects on your life. More than simply making you tired the next day, it can affect everything from your mood, to your posture, your diet and even your heart health.
Naturally (no pun intended) many people are sceptical to turn to chemical solutions, especially after hearing horror stories about people getting hooked on increasingly harmful drugs when all they wanted to do was remedy a fairly innocuous problem. That’s why, for all the coffee drinkers, over-thinkers and no-air-conditioners, this article is listing three fantastic, natural sleep remedies.
On Reddit recently, there has been a lot of positive discussion surrounding a newly released study – which you can read here – explicating the benefits of cannabis on insomnia and pain relief. Cannabis was shown to be effective at insomnia relief even compared to prescription medications, which is rare for a natural remedy.
But what if you don’t want the “high” commonly associated with cannabis? That’s no problem: you can simply make your own cannabis infused tea before bed, which contains the relaxing attributes of cannabis without the psychoactive.
It doesn’t sound natural. And when you pop one of the small, chalky white pills out of the bottle, it certainly doesn’t look natural. But melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone, and in fact your body already uses it to regulate your sleep cycle and let you know when to sleep.
All that pill-form melatonin does is give your body a supplemental dose of what it should already be using. It might not be sustainable as a long-term solution, but it can definitely help you get back into a sleep rhythm.
For centuries, people have been picking and consuming valerian, a herb that has since been scientifically proven to affect mild central nervous system depression in humans. It’s pretty common in natural and health food stores, and widely orderable online. Some science has called its efficacy into question, but there’s enough anecdotal evidence that it’s worth a try. Just make sure to store it where the cat won’t find it – much like catnip, valerian is a powerful cat attractant!
Next time you’re laying in bed, tossing and turning, trying your hardest to shut your brain off, take a minute of its time to think about one of these three natural remedies. Whether it’s cannabis tea, melatonin or valerian, chances are there is something here that will help you get to sleep regularly and get your life back in order.
There’s no one say you have to cut back on those six cups of coffee, or splurge on a pricey air-con unit. Just do the proactive thing and manage your sleep schedule.
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