It’s 10:00 p.m. and you climb into bed. You were sure to fluff the pillows. You even put on fresh sheets. It wasn’t going to be like last night. Tonight, you’ll have no trouble sleeping will sleep well. The lights are off and your eyes are on the clock. Blink. Now the ceiling. Blink. Back on the clock. Blink. It’s 4:30 a.m. and you’re wide awake. Despite your many efforts, you’re simply not tired.
We’ve all been there. The solution, you ask? Well, it’s sitting right in your kitchen cupboard. Ingredients for one of the best natural sleep remedies.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re likely not in a relaxed enough state, mentally or physically. Perhaps you’re battling another annoying episode of insomnia, or maybe it was all those cups of coffee you had earlier in the day. It’s really frustrating getting into bed, watching the clock tick away until morning, not having slept a wink. There must be a better option than sleeping pills.
Why You Could Use Natural Sleep Remedies
Because for whatever reason, you can’t and aren’t getting enough sleep! It’s recommended that adults get a full 8 hours of sleep, but almost half of all Americans adults are reported to get less than seven. Even sleeping 6-7 hours a night—a mere one hour less than what is recommended—can seriously impact your mental capabilities. It has been proven that the lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems, weight gain, and cognitive impairment.
Poor or irregular sleeping patterns can result from many things like stress or anxiety. For many, it’s common to go to bed with way too much on the mind; it’s difficult to disconnect from the stress that comes along with daytime life.
For others, a common problem is insomnia which can actually be caused by certain medications. Antihistamines, pain medications, and heart and blood medicine all contribute to sleep loss, despite sometimes causing temporary drowsiness. They often trigger anxiety or more frequent trips to the bathroom which further disturb your sleep.
The worst thing you can do is watch television before bed. Rather than make you tired—as we might think—it keeps your brain running at a high level since you’re concentrating on what you’re watching, preventing yourself from calming down.
Thankfully, this homemade natural sleep remedy for sleep deprivation will do the trick.
Honey: A Key to The Insomnia Cure
Before going to bed, mix a teaspoon of raw honey into a cup of warm milk (this can be any non-dairy variation that you have in your kitchen).
Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of raw honey and gulp before bed.
Follow the instructions below to make an under-the-tongue remedy:
You Want Me to Place WHAT Under My Tongue?
I know it sounds a little strange at first, but placing a mixture of sea salt and honey underneath your tongue before bed will send you off to sleep. The best part about this natural sleep remedies like this one is because everything you need is already in the kitchen. You won’t have to run out and buy anything fancy—the secret’s in the Himalayan sea salt.
Here’s What You Need
1 small glass jar
5 tablespoons of raw, organic honey
1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt
How to Craft the Insomnia Cure
Combine the raw, organic honey and the pink Himalayan sea salt in the glass jar and stir until it’s mixed well. Place a small amount under your tongue right before bed to avoid having trouble sleeping. Don’t worry about wasting the leftovers, you can save the rest for another night!
How the Sweet and Salty All Come Together
All great natural sleep remedies will contain two ingredients that help muscles relax. While honey produces serotonin, the sea salt regulates melatonin, together creating a no-fail sleep concoction that promises you relaxation.
Let’s Start with the Salty
First of all, Himalayan sea salt does more than just help you sleep. It offers up so many other benefits. It helps our adrenal glands fight disease; can assist with weight loss; and helps regulate serotonin levels in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that controls mood, appetite and digestion, sleep, function and several other things. This pink salt also regulates melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain that specifically controls sleep and wake cycles.
Now for the Sweet Stuff
Ever wondered why we feel so sluggish on Thanksgiving? Aside from eating twice our body weight in food, the answer lies in the meat. Turkey is one of those foods containing tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you feel sluggish and relaxed—just what we want! Lucky for us, honey also contains tryptophan, which is why this under-the-tongue remedy works so well.
Tryptophan is essential for our body to produce serotonin: the more we consume, the more serotonin our brains will create. Low serotonin levels have been associated with depression, anxiety and, you guessed it, poor sleeping habits. The most important thing to note here is that our body cannot produce tryptophan on its own which is why we must get it through diet (this is why it’s considered such an essential amino acid).
The world of natural sleep remedies is vast. But if poor sleeping habits are something you’ve been experiencing for a while, this mixture is worth trying. Not only do I love the taste of honey, but it has improved the quality and length of my sleep. We hope this insomnia cure works as well for you as it does for many of us.