Nyquil has been known to put me right to bed!
Eating a spoonful of peanut butter or a cup of hot milk before bed helps because these contain Tryptophan- an essential amino acid (meaning your body does not produce it- it comes from an outside source) which helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. Turkey also contains tryptophan, thus making you feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.
I recently tried this tea from Karma Blends...its called stress tea i think...it worked like a charm. To be honest with you, I did not want to sleep..haha..i only tried it for relaxation, but I went straight to bed. Since then, I always use it when I travel. Amazing!!!
A warm cup of Sleepy Time Extra will definitely help mellow you down. It has valerian, spearmint, catnip, west indian lemongrass, hawthorn and orange blossoms in it. Valerian has been used for almost anything back in the day. I would drink this a half an hr before you go to sleep and make sure your away from distractions otherwise it will backfire and you'll just feel groggy.
Some times the solution to insomnia is mental. When people go to sleep they want to feel like to the day is done. If you haven't acomplished any thing all day you fell less fulfilled. Try to fit more activities into your day, not particularly exersice though. You will feel more tired and more ready for bed.
I have a 4 year old that has been having trouble sleeping. So I tried a new Epsom salt product called Pepsom Sports as recommended by a friend. I gave him a bath in the Pepsom right before bed and miraculously he was much more relaxed and slept through the night. I think it might have to do with the spearmint oil that they add because spearmint is good for relaxation.
If my mind is racing and unable to sleep,its my brain telling me its dehydrated,mad as it sounds,drink '1/2 a litre' of water any less is not enough.This also works for 'Restless Leg Syndrome'.
GUARANTEED TO WORK
boil tarragon leaves and leave them for 40 mins. When lukewarm, drink the broth. Sure to help you sleep.
I was a serious insomniac for over half a year and lets face it prescription drugs are not the answer and herbal teas are not enough. What i have found highly beneficial is doing internal martial arts or Tao Yin. Tai Chi is an example of this. It is a moving meditation that relaxes the mind, body and shen all at the same time. After doing this exercise for 15mins 1/2 hour before bed you should start to feel sleepy, not only will it help you get to sleep it will help you stay asleep. The greatest thing about it is that you feel more positve during the day, and since i have been doing it my work and family life has increased dramatically. If you wish to have a drink after the exercise, I recommend half a small glass of hot water with sliced ginger and a table spoon of brandy to help sedate you even more.
I only expect you to take my advice if your serious about getting better.
well the most obvious remedy I can think of is a glass of wine before bed.. it has been proven that wine in small doses is healthy for you and in some cases reduces heart disease