9 ways to fight insomnia

Anam Shahid Sep 02 2015
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Sleep has become more of a luxury than a necessity to most people in this fast moving world, especially in my generation. We love to sleep and thus to get it, we end up oversleeping ourselves during long daytime hours which makes us more lazy and exhausted than we already are.

With hard working schedules and hectic days, we are bound to be deprived of sleep and therefore even after having a comforting bed we end up being awake all night like owls. But, where there is a will, there is a way. So I bring to you natural ways of fighting insomnia and winning the battle with a good night’s sleep.

MELATONIN

This is a hormone that helps keep the sleep/wake cycle consistent. It is a regulator that helps keep track of the timing and our motivation for sleep. It causes drowsiness, decreases the body temperature, and puts the body to a snoozing zone. In taking foods that increase this hormone can make you sleep easily.

WARM MILK

The oldest and the first trick all mothers opt for. If you have hard time sleeping, then a warm cup of milk before bed should do the job. We all know milk is a rich source of calcium, which also helps the brain to stimulate melatonin. In addition, warm milk helps you to relax and find yourself in cherished memories of your mom putting you to bed.

CALLING ON HERBS TO HELP

Valerian roots in the form of capsules can be a better and healthier replacement than sleeping pills. It would avoid giving you the ‘hangover’ affects that sleeping pills may cause. Two capsules an hour before bed should do the magic. Passionflower is a commonly used mild herbal sedative. About 4,000 to 8,000mg of dried passionflower in a capsule should be enough.

MUNCHING TO SLEEP

Having something as a before-bed bite can also help you to pass over insomnia. Carbohydrates help tryptophan enter into the brain. Foods like a slice of turkey or chicken and half a banana contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps make serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that will help you find sleep in no time. Having foods with magnesium, such as green leafy vegetables, also help the brain to settle down at night, helping you sleep.

SCENT OF SLEEP

Lavender scent is recognized as a mild tranquilizer. Simply take a few drops of lavender oil, and dab them around your temples and forehead before hitting the bed. The fragrance of the lavender should help you sleep. Same goes for jasmine. Having a drop of jasmine oil dabbed on each of your wrists before bed will help you not only sleep but wake up more peacefully too.

BEDTIME BATH

When we follow this routine as babies, then why not once we grow up? Taking a long nice dip in a warm water bath tub is another way to relax your mind and body before you go to sleep. Taking a warm bath, 30 minutes before bed will help you have a stress-free mental state. To add on, you can also use droplets of lavender oil or jasmine oil to get a calming aroma to your bath.

NO NAPPING

This has to be a big no. No matter how sleepy you may feel during the day, save it for the night. The night is meant to sleep; tell yourself this over and over again.

CREATE YOUR LAYER

Transform your room into a space where you find only harmony and coziness. Be sure that your pillow and mattress are comfortable for you, as they matter a lot. Keep it dark and the temperature cool.

MEDITATE

Do a little round of yoga to aid with the relaxing of your nerves as well as body.

Try and follow these ways to fight insomnia and avoid caffeine after having your daily cup.

Anam Shahid

Anam Shahid:

Anam has always been fond of writing and fiddling with words which allows her to not only express herself but pass them beyond. Graduating as a media student at ICMS, creativity comes to her pieces on its own.