Sleep Disorders, Sleep Remedies & Insomnia Relief


Natural Treatments For A Great Night's Sleep

There are many practical suggestions that researchers have found can work to help the mind and body relax and thus essentially look forward to and enjoy a good night's sleep. In some cases it may be a simple matter of regular exercise or changing the type of mattress one uses. However, for many others the problem may involve deeper issues and may take a while to be resolved.

To this end there are a number of natural remedies that can help address certain problems. It is always advised that seeking the help of a qualified health care professional or nutritionist is the best idea to make sure you get the right targeted help. This prevents taking the wrong doses or combinations that may in the end not only cause other problems but could mean a loss of time, energy and money.

With that in mind, some nutritionists have recommended taking a daily supplement of calcium - around 1500 to 2000 mg. Divided up through the day and taken after meals and at bedtime. Calcium has been found to have a calming effect. With the calcium it is important to take some magnesium - around 1000 mg. Divided throughout the day as well. This works to balance the calcium and helps to relax muscles.

Vitamin B complex has been useful to improving nerve force and relieving stress. And inositol can help to improve REM sleep which is an essential aspect of a good rest. Always follow the recommended dosages.

Some natural herbs that can contribute to sleep are - kava kava, skullcap, passionflower, and valerian root. By rotating them and not relying on any one too much your body may keep responding to their effects. They are best taken right before bedtime.

Chamomile and catnip can be used in tea form. Chamomile is well known to help calm and support the nervous system and can be drunk throughout the day. Your local health food store or grocery store may also carry a selection of blended teas that highlight their purpose of promoting a good sleep.( Although, just a side note to keep in mind that drinking too much liquid right before bed may only work to keep you up with bathroom breaks.)

Another supplement that may help with occasional sleeplessness is melatonin. This is a naturally occurring hormone that plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythms of sleep and has been helpful with treating some insomnias. However, experts warn that certain individuals should not use it - such as pregnant women, people who suffer depression, schizophrenia or certain auto-immune diseases. It is always important to check with your doctor or personal health care provider before trying any unusual remedy.

Tryptophan is a well known essential amino acid that is found in many foods that can assist in making you sleepy. We all know that it is found in turkey. But other foods include bananas, yogurt, milk, tuna, figs, dates and grapefruits.

On the other hand, tyramine is a compound that comes from the amino acid tyrosine and it works to increase the release of a brain stimulant called norepinephrine which would not encourage sleepiness. It is found in foods such as cheese, chocolate, bacon, sugar, spinach, tomatoes, wine and sugar. So it would be advisable to avoid these foods just before bedtime.

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