Lack of sleep can lead to a long list of physical and mental health problems but, unfortunately, it’s becoming more common. We are leading increasingly busy lives and people are far more likely to take their work home with them, so they don’t get enough time to relax and wind down properly. People using computers and phones before bed is a big problem as well because it can make it a lot harder to sleep. If you are finding it hard to get to sleep at night, you could speak to your doctor and see if they can prescribe you some sleeping pills, but there are some big downsides to that. A lot of people would prefer not to take sleeping pills because they can have some pretty serious side effects that drag on into the following day. It’s not ideal being completely reliant on pills to sleep properly either, so it’s best to find an alternative if possible. Luckily, there are plenty of natural sleep aids that you could try first. These are some of the best natural remedies to help you improve your sleeping patterns. 

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Chamomile Tea 

It’s always a good idea to avoid caffeine in the afternoons and especially before you go to sleep, so normal tea isn’t a great idea. But chamomile tea could be just what you need to improve your sleep. It’s been used as a remedy for sleep and relaxation for centuries and it’s incredibly effective. It acts as a mild sedative so it relaxes your mind and body and makes it easy for you to drift off to sleep. It’s the same effect as sleeping pills, but not quite so severe and without the danger of side effects. You do need to make quite a strong brew if you want the full sleep-inducing effects, so make sure that you use 2 or 3 bags per cup. 

Lavender 

Essential oils are great remedies that are used for all sorts of health and beauty issues. They’re great as skin products, some can help to improve concentration, and some are great for relaxation and sleep. The best essential oil for improving your sleep is lavender because it has great relaxing properties. If you get a diffuser and put it in your bedroom, it could make a big difference. You can also rub a small amount of oil on your wrists before bed. 

CBD Oil 

CBD is a hugely popular health remedy at the moment and as more research is done into it, people are finding more great ways to use it. It’s incredibly popular as an alternative pain treatment for people that don’t want to take strong painkillers and a lot of people are using it to treat anxiety and depression as well. But CBD oil is also a great remedy for people that are struggling to sleep. When you ingest CBD, it activates serotonin receptors in the brain and increases levels of serotonin, which helps to regulate mood and sleep. A lot of people find that it helps them to get to sleep and it also prolongs sleep and they wake feeling well rested. You can get CBD in so many forms, like an oil or even as a tea, so it’s easy to add to your routine before bed each night. 

St. John’s Wort 

St. John’s Wort is another age old sleep remedy that has proven to be very effective for a lot of people. It works in a similar way as CBD, by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain and helping you fall asleep faster. It’s also a very popular remedy for people that are suffering from depression because serotonin is very important for regulating your mood. You can buy St. John’s Wort fairly easily at supermarkets or health shops and it comes in a few different forms. You won’t usually find it in natural flower form but you can get it in tea form or as a capsule that you take in the evenings before bed. 

Melatonin 

Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle, and increasing your levels is the best way to get a good night’s sleep. You can find melatonin in cherries, so eating them before bed could make a big difference. But if you don’t want to buy cherries every single day, you could also look for melatonin supplements, which are fairly easy to find in most pharmacies. 

Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets have shown to be a great help for people with sleep issues. The benefits are in the fact that they don’t require you to take medicines and can be used on may type.of bed or sleeping space to make the person feel more secure.

If you have trouble sleeping, you don’t need to rely on strong sleeping pills. You can just try some of these natural remedies instead.