How to beat insomnia … naturally

Tossing and turning and yet another sleepless night? If you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and/or wake up too early, these could all be signs that you are suffering from insomnia. According to Dr. John McDougal, 25% of adults suffer from insomnia. Feeling tired for all or most of the day are also common symptoms of insomnia that affect our wellbeing and quality of life.

Lifestyle and dietary factors can all contribute to sleeplessness and tension, anxiety and depression can also contribute. If you have tried presecription drugs to no avail and are seeking a more natural alternative to deal with your insomnia, has taken a look at some remedies which could help see you on the way to Zzzzzzz ….

Valerian as a supplement or a tea can help to relax the body to help you to sleep. Valerian is best taken before bedtime and is a useful and proven remedy — over 200 studies have found valerian to be effective against insomnia.

Chamomile, known for its sedative properties, also helps reduce stress and relax the body, combined with passionflower, which has sedative properties, can be a useful combination to aid good quality sleep.

A derivative of the amino acid tryptophan, 5-HTP, helps to elevate levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which in turn can help to induce sleep. Available as a supplement, 5-HTP offers an alternative to valerian.

Exercise may help in cases of insomnia. Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that up to 40 mins of vigorous walking four times a week helped patients to both fall and also stay asleep.

Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils, can help induce sleepiness. Roman Chamomile Oil is considered a natural sedative, as is Clary Sage. If you’d like to give aromatherapy a try, AromaWeb’s Recipe Box contains an Insomnia Recipe:


Bioenergetic Analysis can help to work on the root cause of your sleeplessness. Bioenergetic Analysis is a specific form of body-psychotherapy – based upon the continuity between body and mind – rooted in the work of Wilhelm Reich and founded by Alexander Lowen. Visit to find out more and to locate a therapist.




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