Natural Sleep Aids – Beat Insomnia Without Taking Any Medication
Is it worth trying out natural sleep aids? What have you got to lose? Being unable to sleep is bad enough, tossing and turning and staring at the clock, but when you're forced to take a sleeping pill just to get some rest you also get the added bonus of a chemically induced hangover. Often it can feel like you'd have been better off taking nothing at all, not to mention the cost of medication these days.
Your alternatives can be split into a couple of groups. There are alternative pills or supplements which replace the pharmaceutical alternative. Some examples include Valarium, Melatonin and Kava root. Their use is not recommended by sleep professionals, and in some cases is even discouraged due to their side effects.
You could try a relaxation technique such as yoga, progressive muscle relaxation or visualization. If you practice any of these techniques you will see additional benefits beyond a better chance of dropping off. They can not hurt so you may as well give them a go. It can be frustrating though if they do not work and an anxiety spiral can result.
Then there are the lifestyle changes, I'm sure you've come across these before. Limit alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine before bed time. Exercise more, eat less, and lose weight. Just your typical health messages that is so difficult to follow and achieve.
Make sure your bedroom is set up well, nice dark curtains to eliminate all light. Do not let work or TV into your sanctuary, the bedroom is only for sleep and sex. Aromatherapy with some lavender may have a beneficial effect.
Some people think that acupuncture and Chinese medicine work for them.
One other method to consider is a relatively new technique that is based on knowledge a hundred years old. We all know that music can be relaxing and is an excellent way to promote sleep. What is not as readily known is that lyrics or melodies can have the opposite effect. They give our minds something to "grab" onto, which is the last thing we want when trying to drift off.
A new technological has been developed which targets other parts of our brain; the parts that induce unconsciousness. It has been found that rhythms and beats can activate these areas. The technique is called brainwave entrainment, and not only will it help you immediately, but it will train your mind to accept the natural state of rest more easily. So you will not be using it forever. For more information see the links below.