Six Unusual Natural Insomnia Cures
If you have been having difficulty getting to sleep recently – or having problems staying asleep all night – you will probably have heard about all kinds of natural insomnia cures you can try to solve the problem and finally get a good night’s sleep.
Some natural insomnia cures involve mechanical sleep aids like anti-snoring devices (snoring keeps a lot of people awake) special sleep pillows, noise blockers like earplugs and more.
Some people also try herbal teas or supplements or even just a change in your diet and exercise habits. There are many ways to try and get a better night’s sleep. Some work better than others, sometimes it takes a combination of solutions – a sleep pillow and a sleep humidifier combined with a sleep mask for example – to get a great night’s sleep.
As much as some may think that everything we have just described falls under the umbrella of alternative treatments they do all have their roots in actual research and fact.
There are also some more unusual natural insomnia cures that while they may sound strange a lot of people swear by. Here is a little about some of the most unusual insomnia ‘cures’ we’ve heard about.
Hypnosis (as performed by someone else) is something that many people with chronic insomnia try. You can, however, try a little self-hypnosis in your own bed in your attempt to fall asleep. Picture a pendulum in your mind and then concentrate on it and it only. It might sound corny but for some people, this really does work, not because it really hypnotizes them, but it helps clear their mind, relax and fall asleep.
Drink Half a Glass of Water with a Pinch of Salt
There are some people who insist that this bedtime ritual works for them when they are having a hard time getting to sleep. One possible explanation for that is that the salt helps correct a chemical imbalance in the brain, but nothing is known for sure. And as it tastes truly dreadful it’s probably something you can give a miss!
Wear Wet Socks to Bed
This is an insomnia ‘cure’ that was devised, it is said, by a 19th-century Bavarian priest who suffered from chronic insomnia.
The theory behind this idea is that the wet socks will cause a rush of blood to the feet that will, after a few minutes warm them considerably. Warm feet tend to lead to easier sleep which is why while modern doctors may not recommend the wet sock route – as it’s more likely to leave you sick than put you to sleep while also making a terrible mess of your bed – many do recommend making sure that your feet are warm when in bed and trying to get to sleep because it really does seem to make a difference.
Sing Yourself to Sleep
Maybe it’s a throwback to the days when we were babies but some people find that singing a lullaby to themselves helps them relax and go to sleep. If you do not want to scare a partner with a less than stellar singing voice though you could try listening to one through headphones instead.
Forget Counting Sheep – or Anything Else
Counting sheep to get to sleep is probably one of the oldest pieces of advice for insomniacs in the book. It is not, however, a good idea at all.
To get to sleep your brain needs to be relaxed and allowed to begin to ‘unfocus’. Trying to count things is asking it to go back to work and is counterproductive. Visualization can indeed be very effective as a natural insomnia cure but picture something monotonous but soothing – likes waves breaking on the seashore
Place a Weight on Your Body
This is another strange natural insomnia cure that some people still say works very well. Place a weight (not something to heavy, a small decorative rock perhaps) on your body when trying to go to sleep. Those who swear by the natural insomnia cure feel the weight helps your body produce extra serotonin – a hormone that encourages natural sleep.
These are just a few of the more unusual natural insomnia remedies you might hear about, there are more. As strange as some of them may sound they might be worth a try to help relieve occasional insomnia but if your insomnia is chronic you may want to look into other, slightly more conventional ways to help you get a better night’s sleep.