Information on natural sleep aids

There are some natural sleep aids for insomnia. What is insomnia? If you have experienced any of these problems such as problems falling asleep, being restless all night, or sleeping for a few hours and than waking up, unable to fall back asleep – then you have experienced insomnia — a problem or disturbance with your sleep cycle. A short term problem with sleep is normal as long as they don’t last for more than a few days. It is when insomnia happens night after night for week after week that it has become a problem.

A body that is deprived of sleep does not work well during the day and chronic insomnia can be pointing to another medical illness, such as depression, menopause, heart disease, or diabetes. So it is important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. If your doctor can find no health reason for your insomnia, then it is time for you to find and remove the source of your sleeping problems. There are OTC (over the counter) medicines as well as herbal medications that can help while you are trying to adjust your sleep problems.

The human body needs sleep and research has found that we need much more sleep than we usually get. Experts agree that the human body needs at least 8 hours sleep each night if not more. Sleeping less during the week and catching up on missed sleep on the weekend has been proven to be the reason for some people’s insomnia. Studies have shown that you can not catch up on sleep and that the hours missed can not be made up later. Travel, stress, and the lifestyle of always on the go can often cause anyone to occasionally have problems sleeping.

To relief insomnia and start to feel better again, there are a few tips to keep in mind concerning sleep and to avoid any problems with your health while working on your sleeping problems. First is to start eating a better diet as your diet can have a lot to do with your sleep.

Unhealthy diets full of sodium, fats and too much sugar – can cause gastric reflux disease commonly known as GERD, as well as common heartburn. GERD happens at night when you lay down. Instead of your body resting, it is trying to solve your problem with your digestion problem and all this activity can keep you awake. So, a healthy diet is one of the best natural sleep aids to try.

Other natural sleep aids besides diet, are reducing stress and other changes that are easy to make in your lifestyle. Another example is to quit smoking. You should also start going to bed and waking up at the same time every day including the weekends. Other changes are to cut down on caffeine drinks late in the afternoon and evening. Skip those daytime naps also.

Soft music is another aid that can often help to improve your sleep. Music not only improves the quality of your sleep, but also has been proven to decrease nightly wakening, and also lengthens sleep time. And your bedroom should only be used for sleeping — so take the television out and move your computer or office into another room.