4 Ways to Stop Losing Sleep Over Insomnia

4 Ways to Treat Insomnia at Home

Only those suffering from insomnia know how bad it can be. Going night after night without sleep can make you miserable and hamper energy and productivity. But there are several solutions, home remedies. Read on to know more.

Insomnia can be a real nightmare. Lying in bed and listening to the clock ticking, while the rest of your house sleeps, can be very unnerving. Not to mention, tiring the next day.

One night of less or no sleep is still manageable. It is when the problem persists for more than one or two nights that life can get rather chaotic.

Do you have trouble with sleep?If you do, check if you suffer from any of these insomnia symptoms:

  • Can’t fall asleep despite being tired
  • Unable to go back to sleep after waking up at night
  • Waking up very early in the morning
  • Inability to fall asleep without sleeping pills or alcohol
  • Feeling dull even after sleep
  • Drowsy, exhausted and irritable all day
  • Lack of focus during the day

The most leading causes of insomnia are overwork and the stress of daily living. Other than that, anxiety, depression, disease, pain, medications (for colds, allergies, high blood pressure, heart or thyroid disease, birth control, asthma or pain), sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome (the urgent need to shake your leg to relieve a creeping sensation, or a partner’s snoring) or simply poor sleep habits could cause insomnia.

All isn’t lost. Easy and convenient insomnia treatment is readily available. Rather than running to a doctor or the closest chemist for medication, how about trying these various home remedies for insomnia?


What you eat and drink (or don’t) can ensure you sleep soundly, every night.

  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea before sleeping.
  • Drink a glass of warm almond milk.
  • Indulge in a bedtime snack that gives you the double benefit of protein and carbohydrates. Bananas and crackers with cheese are two effective foods.

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  • Don’t eat a large and heavy meal very late in the evening.
  • Don’t eat spicy or sugary food at night.
  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol four hours before bedtime.


  • Valerian is an effective herb that doesn’t have the side-effects of sleeping pills.
  • Dried passionflower capsules (about 4000-8000mgms) can work.
  • Surround yourself with the fragrance of lavender.
  • One drop of jasmine-fragranced essential oil on each wrist will help you sleep.
  • Soak in a comforting aromatic bath just before bedtime.
  • Apply lemon balm on your temple before sleeping.


  • Get up at the same time daily.
  • Go for a walk every morning.
  • Avoid sleeping during the day.
  • Quit smoking. Or at least don’t smoke 4-5 hours before sleeping.
  • Don’t exercise at least 4 hours before sleep.


  • Turn your alarm clock to face away from you.
  • Train your body to relax once in bed. Meditation and yoga can help.
  • Count sheep. Yes, really.
  • Don’t continue to lie in bed awake.
  • Switch off the television. Better still, do not have televisionin your bedroom.
  • Switch off your phone or keep it away from you
  • Have separate sleeping clothes, as silly as it might sound.
  • Darken the room entirely.
  • Buy a good mattress and pillow.

All these sleep remedies are non-medical and can work miracles, but only if you suffer occasionally. For chronic insomnia that doesn’t end for weeks, talk to your doctor.

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