If you’re going through a bout on insomnia, and you’re tried all the usual advice – cutting back on caffeine, relaxing before bed and making sure your bedroom is cool and dark – you may need some kind of aid to sleep.
The right aid to sleep for you could be anything from a certain food to an herbal tea or a prescription drug. There are many different sleeping, and only some will work for you. If you need aid to sleep, try one of these popular ideas:
Eat carbohydrates for dinner. A dinner high in carbohydrate rich foods like rice, potatoes, rice and bread could be the perfect aid to sleep. Carbohydrates help you feel full after dinner, and induce to body to produce melatonin, the chemical that induces sleep.
Calcium and magnesium tables can work as an aid to sleep for some people. Magnesium relaxes the muscles and helps you fall asleep.
Instead of a “nightcap” before bed, try a soothing herbal tea. Drinks with chamomile will help send you to sleep, or try a warm glass of milk use rice, oat or almond milk with a teaspoon of honey dissolved in it.
Try aromatherapy. Many people find aromatherapy the most effective aid to sleep. You could use an oil burner in your room before bed – don’t use open flames while you are asleep, in case of an accident – or add a few drops of oil to the bathwater.
To induce sleepiness, try chamomile, lavender, juniper or sandalwood. To relieve stress and depression, try basil, jasmine or ylang-ylang.
Use soothing music. The most popular products used as an aid to sleep are soothing music and nature CDs. Choose from lapping waves, wind rustling through leaves or ambient music. You can also find “white noise” CDs can be the perfect aid to sleep for people living in shared accommodation.
Herbal Sleeping pills: These can stimulate melatonin in the brain and help you to sleep, without the harmful side-effects of prescription drugs.
Massage. Even the most basic massage before sleep can help you relax and release muscle tension – the perfect aid to sleep. Make sure you feel comfortable and warm before your partner begins you massage. They don’t have to be a massage expert – simply gliding their hands over your neck and shoulders can relax you and ease you into sleep.
An aid to sleep doesn’t have to be a carton of prescription pills. If you need an aid to sleep, try taking a bath, listening to soothing music, using aromatherapy, using herbal sleeping pills, having a massage and drinking herbal tea. You’ll instantly feel more relaxed and sleepy.
Practice meditation or deep breathing before bed to help your body relax and calm your mind.
Or check the SleepDrops website and look at the resources section for the delta sleep brain wave MP3 to download