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Insomnia

 

l     Valerian extract.  On nights when you can't get to sleep, a gentle herbal extract can do the trick. Take two teaspoons of valerian liquid extract (Valeriana officinalis) mixed in 1/4 cup warm water. As you wait for the herb to take effect, read a book. You can safely take two more doses of valerian throughout the night if you wake up again. Be aware that valerian makes some people jittery. If you have that reaction, try skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) instead.

l     Another valerian tea can be made by combining one cup of water, one ounce of lemon verbena, one ounce of lemon peel and one ounce of valerian herb in a pot.  Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes; strain, and drink slowly.

l     Chop a yellow onion and put it in a jar with a lid. Place on your night table. When insomnia hits....open the jar and take a few good whiffs. Lie back and think lovely thoughts. You should be asleep within fifteen minutes.

l     Aniseed and water.  Mix about 1/4 cup of aniseed in one cup of water and bring to a boil. The aniseed should relax you and help you fall asleep.

l     Red clover sleep tea:

1 cup water
1 ounce lemon verbena
1 ounce birch leaves
1 ounce red clover

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add herbs. Let steep for three to five minutes; strain, and drink slowly.

l     Hot pack and towel.  Heat the hot pack up in the microwave for about a minute and a half then wrap it in the towel, put it on your neck and go to bed.  It should help you relax and fall asleep

l     Melatonin.  Take two three mg tablets about 45 minutes before bed.  Do not take during the day.  Melatonin is a natural substance produced by the body itself.

l     Darkness.  Any amount of light on any part of the body can interfere with sleep.  Take measures to darken your sleeping area as much as possible.

l     Chamomile tea with milk.  Before going to bed, drink chamomile tea with milk.  No sugar Ė if you must sweeten, use Stevia.   Often, warm milk by itself works well.

l     Turkey.  Turkey contains a natural ingredient that makes you drowsy.  And you always wondered why you felt like nodding off after Thanksgiving dinner, didnít you?

l     Lettuce and water.  Stevia (optional) and lemon (optional).  Boil water, place a few lettuce leaves in a mug and then add boiling water to the mug.  Cover until cool.  Add Stevia and/or lemon to taste.  If you have no Stevia, you may use a little honey, but not too much or the sugar high may interfere with your sleep.

l     Open your mouth and try to yawn. Bring on a yawn... another....another...keep going...chances are you'll be asleep in no time.

Other suggestions:

     Lie in bed and listen to relaxation CDs, especially
those that contain someone speaking with relaxing music
in the background. The combination of voice and music
is very soothing. Many of these CDs are available on
eBay for very low prices.

A warm bath is a great way to help you to sleep
(depending on the season). If you canít take a bath,
you can give yourself a foot massage with slightly warm
massage oil, sesame oil, or castor oil from a health
food store.

A helpful technique is to relax your body one part at a
time. So you could relax your feet, your lower legs,
upper legs, moving up from your lower belly up to your
chest, etc., until your whole body is relaxed.

Of course, guided relaxation methods can help. As
vividly as possible, imagine yourself at the beach, in
the mountains or country, or whatever is most soothing
to you.

If you have annoying thoughts that run through your
mind when you are trying to sleep, you might have to
talk to a counselor or therapist about that. I suggest
avoiding prescription sleeping pills unless nothing
else helps.

Other herbs that might help you to sleep include ,kava kava, hops, passion flower, skullcap. Probably, valerian root and kava kava are the best.

     What most people donít realize
is that it can take at least a few weeks for some herbs
to build up in your system before they start to work.

The minerals calcium and magnesium might be helpful for
sleep. You can also try 5-HTP or melatonin. Do not take
take melatonin for over a month unless your doctor says
it is ok.

Thanks to YA Junkie at Yahoo Answers for some of the suggestions

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