Natural Sleeping Remedies
It was a rite of passage the first time I went without sleep for more than 24 hours. I considered it a
personal triumph that I had overcome the desire for sleep and that I could enjoy the entirety of what
the day had to offer. I felt invigorated … and then my body caught up with me and I spent the next
two days either completely asleep or walking around like a zombie. I realised then just how
important it was to get some shut-eye every night.
If you suffer from insomnia or stress that is affecting your sleep patterns, you don’t get the luxury of
a good night’s sleep, and it can have serious consequences for your health. Health conditions tend to
make life insurance companies nervous, and when they get nervous they put your prices up, so here
are a few natural remedies to help you get your eight hours every night.
Valerian is one of the best known natural alternatives to benzodiazepines, the traditional medication
for insomnia and sleep disorders. Some clinical studies have used valerian to treat insomnia, and it
seems that the benefits of the herb are seen after a week or so of regular use, so it’s not a quick fix.
Valerian is also good in that it doesn’t have any ‘hangover’ or withdrawal symptoms that some
medications can have.
Probably the most popular solution to sleep problems, Lavender has been used in aromatherapy to
help with relaxation. Studies for the use of lavender have shown that the plant slows down the
heart rate and blood pressure, allowing those who use it to better fall into a relaxed state. This is
especially useful for people whose sleep deprivation is caused by stress. You can use lavender oil in
the bath, as a massage oil or as a mist on your pillow before you go to bed. You can also get lavender
tea in Germany.
Chamomile is famous for having a soothing effect on the body, and is most commonly used as a tea
to aid with sleep. Avoid your after dinner coffee and opt for a mug of chamomile tea after eating. It
will help to relax you in time for bed. Drinking a warm drink before bed is also useful for sleep as it
alters your body temperature.
Calcium and Magnesium
It is thought that, individually, both calcium and magnesium can aid in sleeping. When taken
together, the combined effect is greater than the sum of its parts. You can take calcium and
magnesium as a supplement, but if you prefer you can incorporate a little of both into your evening
meal. A little bit of cheese or a glass of milk before bed is good (don’t worry, the cheese won’t give
you nightmares) and you can get magnesium in the form of bran or oats. A piece of grilled cheese on
a slice of wheat toast combines both calcium and magnesium and should help set you off to sleep
This article was written by Jamie Gibbs of Confused.com, who specialise in life insurance cover. He
gets the best sleep out of anyone in the house, mainly because he snores so loud he keeps everyone