There are natural options that can fix that!
Insomnia is so frustrating. We have all experienced it. You are crazy tired but lay in bed with your eyes open to no avail. Sometimes random things from the day won’t leave your brain alone. Sometimes worries about the next day race through your mind. Sometimes there is no good reason for it...you just cannot sleep.
Prescriptions may not the best option.
Almost everyone has heard of the prescription options out there that help with insomnia. These drug options have been used for many years to help people sleep. But are prescription options the best long term solution? These drugs are sedative-hypnotics that trick your brain into sleeping. And something else that many people don’t know...they are intended to be used for short periods of time (like 2 weeks) instead of months or years on end. The longer you take it increases the chance that it will not work as well for you. But the side effects will sure linger. Things like daytime drowsiness, panic attacks, blurred vision, sleep walking (or even worse sleep driving), and mood changes can all happen. Oh, and never mind the requirement to see you doctor, get a prescription, and be monitored for the side effects that can occur.
Sleep habits may need changing...
The funny thing is that there are natural options out there that can help you fall asleep. Some don’t involve any cost. Have you taken the TV out of your bedroom? The lights from a TV interrupt your brain’s circadian rhythms. Do you read in bed? Reading in bed can act as a amplifier for your brain, causing it to increase its activity instead of cooling down like it should before going to sleep. Do you exercise during the day? Exercise is a huge help in creating the physical fatigue to help trigger sleep.
Natural options for sleep exist!
If you have tried some or all of these and still want other options then there are natural and nutraceutical options to help you sleep. Try some of the following:
The “Big 3” - Everyone in the United States should be on these three products. A high quality multivitamin, a nightly or every other night probiotic, and an Omega-3 supplement like Fish Oil or Flaxseed Oil. Our “Standard American Diet” (SAD) is nutrient poor but high in calories. Our diet actually creates overweight malnourishment. How can your body fix itself, maintain normal systems, and clear all the toxins that we encounter during the day when it is malnourished? This is where the high quality multivitamin comes in. All the antibiotics in our food, in the water supply, and the ones prescribed to us by doctors kill the good bacteria in our guts. This causes leaky gut syndrome and general dysfunction in the gut. Thus, why we need a probiotic. And finally omega-3 deficiency is an epidemic in the US. We eat all sorts of fats but they are the completely wrong kind. When you body uses these less than ideal fatty acids the body's cells become less effective, less flexible, and more prone to dysfunction and premature death. Since we don’t eat the correct diet, we need to supplement it with Fish or flaxseed oil which is a great supply of omega-3 fatty acids.
Essential Oils - Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang ylang, Sandalwood, and Bergamot are all great options for sleep. Put one or a combo of these in a diffuser and turn it on when you go to bed. Lavender will pair well with Bergamot or Ylang Ylang to make the bedroom a more “sleepy place”.
Somnitol Plus - This herbal/vitamin supplement is
great for giving the body the tools it needs to rest adequately. It has Vitamins B2, B3, and B6 along with Magnesium and Zinc. The herbs it contains include Valerian, Chamomile, Ginger, Passion Flower, and Skullcap. This combination has helped a number of clients get a good night's sleep WITHOUT the hangover effect of Benadryl or Ambien.
Serene Slumber tea - This tea is a great way to cap off the day. It contains oat grass, rose petals, lavender, chamomile, hawthorn berry, and lemon peel. Take this tea about 20-30 minutes before bed to help you mind and body relax from a hard day.