Home > Keeping Healthy > Remedies to Cure Insomnia

Remedies to Cure Insomnia

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 6 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
Insomniaremedies Sleepless Nights Herbal

Ten percent of the UK population fail to get a good night’s rest due to a variety of sleeping problems. There are many different remedies that claim to cure insomnia but it may take trial and error to find the right cure.

Insomnia Affecting Millions in the UK

There is nothing worse than lying in bed watching the clock slowly count down the hours until morning. Insomnia is the most common mental health problem in the UK affecting millions of people. Yet many people fail to mention it to their doctors. Some people think that the problem is just too trivial to bother doctors with, even though it can cause muscle and mental fatigue and hallucinations. But there are plenty of remedies available that may help insomniacs get at least a few peaceful night’s rest.

Factors that May Influence Sleep Levels

Healthy adults should average around seven to nine hours of sleep per night. But there are different factors that will influence the amount of sleep. These factors can include diet, lifestyle, stress, age and environment. A change in any of these factors could be the reason for sleepless nights. This could lead to short term insomnia lasting up to four weeks. Insomnia lasting more than four weeks is known as chronic or long term insomnia.

Medical Advice on Insomnia from Doctors

Most doctors will have tried and tested methods to help with insomnia. Doctors will usually try to identify any medical problems that are causing the sleepless nights. If they do find medical problems then once these are treated the insomnia may disappear altogether. If the insomnia does turn out to be chronic then doctors may advise cognitive and behavioural treatments. These treatments are designed to change the way people think about sleep and establish a sleep pattern.

Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to help cure all manner of ailments. Some people are sceptical of the curative properties of herbs while others are convinced of their powers. Herbs such as California poppy, chamomile, kava, St John’s Wort and Lemon Balm are all said to promote sleep. Many of these herbs are available in tablet, tinctures or can be used to make a herbal tea remedy. There is a huge list of herbal remedies that can promote a good night’s sleep and it may be worth researching before starting on this course.

Insomnia and the Menopause

For some women insomnia is linked to lower oestrogen levels. This may be the reason why many women develop insomnia during menopause. Oestrogen levels can cause deficiencies in magnesium levels, which is a nutrient required to relax the muscles. If this is the case then a diet of magnesium rich vegetables, less high fibre whole grain foods and a higher fat intake may help. Taking up exercise such as yoga can help relax the muscles and promote sleep.

Better Sleep through Diet and Exercise

It is a fact that people who have bad diets and little exercise can suffer from sleeplessness. Increasing exercise by as little as 30 minutes per day, three times a week may help to decrease sleepless nights. Cutting out spicy foods, chocolate, canned foods and foods that are high in protein may also help. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks will not help to promote sleep either. Foods such as turkey, bananas, milk, tuna and yoghurt can all be eaten an hour or two before bedtime.

Other Tips to Promote a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the most helpful ways to promote sleep is to have good sleep hygiene. This doesn’t mean taking a shower before bed it simply means becoming more aware of the different factors that influence sleep. Sleep hygiene can include:

  • Trying to relax as much as possible before bedtime
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and nicotine six hours before sleep
  • Do not take short naps throughout the day or evening
  • Avoid exercise at least four hours before bed
  • Avoid heavy meals during the late evening
  • Use the bed for sleep and sex only
  • Keep the bedroom comfortable with regards to décor and temperature
  • Set fixed times for going to bed and for waking up

These are simply a few of the common remedies and methods that may help to induce a good night’s sleep. Lots more tips and advice on insomnia can be found on our sister website www.insomniacs.co.uk

If the insomnia is chronic then it may be the case that a doctor will prescribe sleeping tablets. Sleeping tablets will usually be used as a last resort and may not always help with long term insomnia. Anyone who does suffer from chronic insomnia should seek professional advice from a doctor.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Judith
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Are there any activities or groups currently taking place in Wakefield for over 60’s. I am a social person missing human company.
    7 October 2020
  • Brenda
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Very young 75 year old looking for friends for days out and meals etc. In my area. I am a twin she is also on her own. Young at…
    7 October 2020
  • Fancy
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Widowed over 2 half years but nice to socialise again
    29 September 2020
  • Wendy
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I'm 63 and still working but love walking, swimming & days out. I drive & am happy to travel. I'd love to have a friend to walk or…
    23 September 2020
  • hillmill
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    Hi, I recently lost my husband and I am looking for companions that would like to meet up and maybe do day trips and coffee meet…
    21 September 2020
  • Jeanne
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I have recently moved to Long Buckby Northamptonshire living with my Son and family, I would love to have female friend to chat to…
    16 September 2020
  • Shylady
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I am a young 71 year old and lost my husband last year am looking for someone who has the same interests and would enjoy my…
    14 September 2020
  • Dolly
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I am a 68 year old lady I have just lost my beloved husband due to the virus he was 71 and in good health so it was very sudden I…
    13 September 2020
  • Weebilly1
    Re: Travel Concessions for Over 60s
    I'm am on my pension I'm 67 years old and can i get a train ticket for a year
    12 September 2020
  • Trish
    Re: Clubs to Join in Retirement
    I am a young at heart 81 year old, lives in Paignton and wonder whether there is anyone out there who would like some occasional…
    11 September 2020