Sleeping problems affect millions of people and the typical answer seems to be a prescription of sleeping pills. While sleeping tablets work for some people they also come with side effects, and some prescription tablets are highly addictive. Even if prescription medicine is needed for a short period, there are many all natural sleep aids that can be used long-term as an effective alternative.
Meditation and Therapies
Many people have trouble falling asleep because the mind is too busy. Hypnosis, meditation and different types of relaxation techniques are all helpful in calming down a busy mind. There is a wide variety of meditation techniques available in meditation classes, retreats, courses, workshops and DVDs or audio CDs. Some are even available for free online. Different types of relaxation techniques are also widely available on CDs, DVDs and online.
Hypnosis has been helping many insomnia sufferers to get better sleep. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also proving successful in treating insomnia. It involves regular sessions with a qualified therapist who will assess the quality of your sleep. A variety of techniques are then used to improve your sleeping patterns.
Natural Sleep Remedies
A warm bath with essential oils can help both the body and the mind to relax before bedtime. Lavender essential oil is one of the most effective oils for promoting good sleep. Add a few drops of lavender oil into a warm bath in the evening and burn lavender oil in your bedroom in a vaporizer. Other essential oils that can bring a better and deeper sleep include chamomile, frankincense and marjoram.
Herbal remedies that are commonly used as all natural sleep aids include Valerian and chamomile. Valerian is available as a herbal tea, herbal tincture and capsules. Chamomile is another good option and is easily available as chamomile tea.
Relaxation is the key to better sleep. It is best to cut down on your caffeine use if you suffer from sleeping problems. One easy way to do it is to stop drinking coffee at least several hours before bedtime and substituting coffee with chamomile tea.
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