Chances are that you’ve probably heard melatonin, the naturally occurring chemical in our brains that communicates with our body when it’s time to fall asleep and wake up after restful slumber. Unfortunately, the chemistry in our body can get out of tune for many reasons, reducing the levels of melatonin in our brains, creating a vicious cycle of insomnia induced sleepless nights. Follow these tips to help introduce more melatonin in your brain and combat insomnia.
Five Natural Remedies for Insomnia:
- Tryptophan is an essential amino acid needed to start the process of falling asleep. Tryptophan converts to serotonin, which then converts to melatonin. You can obtain tryptophan from food sources such as eggs, cheese, pineapple, tart cherry juice and the infamous turkey.
- Stay out of bed until it’s time to go to sleep. If we lay in bed and watch TV or use our mobile devices, our brain disconnects from the idea that our bed is a place for slumber. If you’re an anxious person, try moving your bed to have a view of the door way to easy any anxieties.
- Valerian root is a natural sedative and anti-anxiety medication. You can find this natural remedy in ready to take capsule form, or you can purchase the dried root on its own to make tea. A much better alternative to certain prescription drugs that cause you to wake up in strange places.
- Exercise rejuvenates the mind and body, causing a positive chemical reaction throughout our body and brain that leads to higher energy levels during the day. Exercise in the morning and remain as active as you can during the day so you will end up tired by the time bedtime rolls around.
- Chamomile is a natural herb that interacts with GABA receptors, relaxing your muscles and creating a naturally sedative state that will have your head ready to hit the pillow in no time. You can easily grow your own Chamomile flowers or purchase ready to steep tea at most stores.