Having problems sleeping can negatively impact every area of your life. In the past, many people resorted to prescription or over the counter sleeping pills to help, but much research and experience has proved these to be addicting and with unwanted side effects. Fortunately, there are many tried and true remedies for how to go to sleep naturally that have no negative side effects.
Aromatherapy to Go to Sleep
In your grandmother’s day and before, people grew and preserved flower petals and other aromatic plant parts to sew into little satchels for placing in pillowcases. The aromas, such as lavender and chamomile, wafted through the air and made the bedroom relaxing and soothing for sleep. While herb filled satchels are still effective, it is easier to buy essential oils that have been extracted from plants. The sense of smell has been scientifically proven help to adjust your mood. Essential oils affect people differently, so experiment until you find one that works for you.
Aromatherapy diffusers are a effective method of distributing the scent of the essential oils throughout your bedroom. The popularity of aromatherapy has prompted manufacturers to design diffusers for every room in the house. Some of the best essential oils to induce sleep and relaxation are lavender, rose scented geranium, sandalwood, and chamomile, or a professionally blended mix.
Choose a quality essential oil for your diffuser. When you are shopping, if there is a shelf full of essential oils that are all the same price, it is a good indication that all of the oils are all of poor quality. Poor quality oils have never been tested to prove the aromatherapy benefits of authentic essential oils. Pure essential oils have been used for centuries by cultures worldwide for health and well-being.
White Noise Machines for Sleeping
Getting awakened during the night or not being able to go to sleep because of noise can be overcome by white noise such as sounds of the ocean, rain, or nature. White noise machines cannot stop noise from happening, but if there is a constant level of noise, it can keep you from noticing it.
Natural Sleep Remedies
Chamomile tea is a relaxing herb for sleep. Chamomile reduces stress and anxiety, which can often bring about insomnia.
Valerian root has long been used as a natural sleep aid. Valerian brings about sleep without the negative side effects of sleeping pills.
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal gland. Melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm, but as you age, your body produces less. Melatonin works best if it is taken about an hour before bedtime.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that cannot be produced by your body so it must be consumed in food or supplements. Your body converts tryptophan into melatonin and serotonin, which regulates sleep and mood. Milk, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are good food sources of tryptophan.
Emotional Freedom Technique for Sleeping
Emotional freedom technique (EFT or tapping) helps you to overcome stress and anxiety. It has been used since the mid 1980s to overcome many emotional and physical issues, including pain and stress. EFT combines the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern psychology, but there are no needles involved, only your fingertips. Even if you do not tap on the actual acupuncture points, it will still be effective.
There are many well-trained EFT practitioners, or you can learn on your own. Some of the best practitioners are Patricia Carrington, Dawson Church, Carol Look, Lindsey Kinney, Margaret Lynch, and Carol Tuttle. There are many resources online to learn how to tap for free, and unless your issues are severe or traumatic (in which case you should seek a practitioner with experience in both psychology and EFT), there is little to no chance of doing any harm – there will just be no effect.
The first step is to rate how your problem is making you feel on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst. Most practitioners recommend a setup statement in which you will state your feeling and then affirm yourself as being loveable or accepting your body regardless of the pain. When tapping, focus on the issues and be very honest with yourself about how you feel.
Most practitioners use the karate chop point as the starting point where you repeat the setup statement three times. Your karate chop point is on the outside of your hand where the flesh is thick. Use one hand to tap on the other hand’s karate chop point.
For the rest of the points, you can use one or two hands by using as many of your fingers as you like to lightly tap on your skin, just so you can feel it. Find the pressure points that you like to use the most. Based on acupuncture, there are a few places that are very effective:
• The inside of your brow just above the bridge of your nose.
• The outside of your eye where on the edge of your bone.
• Under your eye on the bone.
• Under your nose.
• In the crease of your chin.
• On your collar bone. You can open up your hand to tap here to get both sides at the same time.
• On your wrists. Tap your wrists together at the place where the wrinkles are.
Sleep is very important for health and emotional well being, but using sleeping pills is no longer advisable for most people due to the negative health effects and the risks of becoming addicted. Using one or more natural remedies is effective, and the risk of negative side effects is nearly zero.