Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep all night long is something many people experience at one time or another in their lives. This condition is known as insomnia and it is treatable. Most people tend to resort to prescription medication to solving this frustrating problem because they want quick or cheap results. However, there are numerous natural remedies for insomnia available.
One natural cure for insomnia is meditation. People who meditate regularly have reported feeling more relaxed during the day and find it easier to fall asleep after they’ve gone to bed. You can meditate 15 minutes before your usual bedtime. It will help you focus your mind and prepare your body for sleep. The deep breathing associated with mediation also helps relax your body. While trying to fall asleep, take deep and slow breaths until you feel your body starts to lose tension.
Regular exercise is another natural way to get rid of sleepless nights. By exercising every day, but not before bedtime, your body will be more relaxed when it comes to falling asleep. Stress and muscle tension can be causes of your insomnia, and exercise is a form of stress relief.
Also, establish a routine of preparing your body for sleep. Create a nighttime ritual starting half an hour before going to bed: put your pajamas on, wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair, do some stretching or meditation. This kind of routine should be very relaxing and not involve anything that could make your mind or body very active.
If you have been in bed for more than half an hour and still have not fallen asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing for ten or fifteen minutes in order to get a bit tired. Either page through a catalog, write your thoughts in a diary, or pet your dog or cat. These kinds of activities will make you sleepy. Your body needs to associate your bed with sleep, so never lie in bed tossing and turning for more than 30 minutes (or I use a 20-minute rule), get up instead.