Today we’re going to present 10 homemade remedies which will help you if you’re suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders. The remedies are based on hot milk and other ingredients which will help you fall asleep better and have a proper amount of rest overnight.
Cinnamon has numerous health benefits including improving your sleep. Add ¼ of a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon in a glass of warm milk and drink the mixture before going to bed for a proper night rest.
Nutmeg is a powerful sedative agent that can also help you fall asleep. Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder to a glass of warm milk before going to bed, or add some fresh nutmeg to a cup of warm fruit juice or water for the same effect.
Saffron has mild sedative properties that can treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Add a couple of strands of the herb in a glass of hot milk, then drink the mixture in the evening to sleep better overnight. Saffron can also be added to herbal teas which have calming properties as well.
- Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea has a long history of being used as a natural remedy for better sleep. Although scientists are still unsure of what compound in the herb helps us sleep better, it may be due to the effect of apigenin. To prepare chamomile tea, add 2-3 flowers in a cup of water, then strain the tea and drink it before going to bed.
- Lettuce tea
One of the best natural remedies for insomnia is lettuce tea. Lettuce is usually consumed as a salad, but it can also be used to prepare a tea. Just boil some in water and strain the mixture, then pour a cup of the lettuce tea and add some honey. Drink the cup an hour before going to sleep.
- Valerian and nutmeg tea
Both valerian and nutmeg are herbs with sedative and muscle relaxing properties that will help you sleep. Mix half a teaspoon of valerian and some grated nutmeg in two cups of hot water, then leave the tea to cool down for 15 minutes before drinking it right before going to bed. However, as the mixture is very powerful, you mustn’t use it for more than 2-3 weeks.
- Cumin seeds
Cumin seeds are one of the best natural remedies for inducing sleep. Add a teaspoon of cumin powder in a mashed banana and consume it before going to bed. If you don’t have cumin powder, grind fresh cumin seeds.
Bananas are an age-old remedy against insomnia. They are rich in tryptophan, a compound which will boost your serotonin levels and regulate your sleeping pattern. Besides tryptophan, bananas contain minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron which will also help you sleep better.
- A hot bath
Taking a hot bath at least 2 hours before going to bed can treat insomnia and relax your body and nerve endings. For better results, add a few drops of essential oil in the bathtub – you can use lemon, chamomile, rosemary or lavender essential oils.
- Apple cider vinegar and honey
ACV contains certain amino acids that relieve exhaustion, while honey has sleep promoting properties that will increase the production of serotonin and regulate your sleeping cycle. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV and the same amount of honey in a cup of warm water, then drink the mixture before going to bed for best results.