INSOMNIAThe insomnia used to be between 1 and 3 a.m.  Now it’s around 4 or so.  I call these the “mongrel hours of the night.”

It seems like I’m the only one tossing and turning.  Knowing that millions of others are probably awake, too, helps a little bit.  I see the lights going on and off in nearby houses and wave “Hi”, but nuh uh, it’s not enough.

Let’s put aside all of the possible, more complicated, medical and psychological reasons for insomnia where a sleep clinic may be a more appropriate solution. Let’s also put aside all of the terribly addictive “knock out” drugs that can definitely put you to sleep, but also leave you with “hangover” side effects the next day.  And if addiction does occur, trying to get off some of these drugs (most especially, benzodiazepines) and clean out your body, can be a worse nightmare than the insomnia.  If you’ve been taking any of these, be sure to come off of them VERY slowly with a doctor’s supervision.

For the sake of this article, though, let’s assume we are talking about your garden variety insomnia.  Those who haven’t experienced what some people describe as “I’m so tired I can’t sleep”, don’t get it and consider it an oxymoron.  But let’s say we’re talking about that and the very common, “1,000 thoughts in my head” type insomnias.

5 Tips for Getting to Sleep & INSOMNIA Natural Remedies

When possible, try for one or more of the following:

  1. Get regular exercise, preferably early in the day and outdoors, if possible.
  2. Reduce the amount of alcohol, caffeine (including sodas) and food you consume, especially after 6 p.m.
  3. Enjoy a warm, relaxing soak in the tub before bed.
  4. Do some stretches or yoga to ease muscle tension before bed.
  5. Once in bed, if your mind is still overworking, repeat a word, phrase or sound that you find comforting, like a meditation mantra, to focus your mind off worrisome thoughts.  When your mind wanders (and it will), refocus to your chosen word(s).  Repeat until you drift off.

Natural remedies, of course, aren’t addictive and don’t have dangerous side effects.  The properties of the herbs promote a calming and relaxing effect that allow for natural and restful sleep.

Personally, I use our sublingual Melatonin, MNF and Slumber formula – and I’m off .  These three supplements are included in our Insomnia Therapy Pack which also includes more suggestions for dealing with insomnia, plus my book.

In addition, I tell myself that if I don’t switch off, I’m going to go and clean the oven.  That’ll do it.  Sweet dreams!

Doc Eve

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