Natural Insomnia Remedies

"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

Natural insomnia remedies are the last thing on your mind when you are still tossing and turning in the early hours of the morning.

It is soooo easy to say "keep your worries and problems out of the bedroom" but when that sleep eludes you that is exactly when your worries and problems are magnified.

Do I Suffer from Insomnia?

Failure to get an entire night's sleep on most nights over a one month period can be considered chronic insomnia".

There are so many do's and dont's about what to do and what not to do before going to bed at night, which are all well and good, but no so easy to stick to.

The rules say you should not smoke close to bedtime, but if you are a smoker that is easier said than done.

The rules also say not to overstimulate your mind, and don't keep looking at the clock and so on........ and so on....

So... for our natural insomnia remedies we are not going to repeat the rules. But we are going to start off by giving a list of the possible causes for insomnia and then see what can be done to help promote sleep naturally.

Some of the possible causes for Insomnia

It's all about what we eat.... and what we don't eat isn't it?  So drop the drugs and try natural insomnia remedies.  You have nothing to lose, except some sleep if it doesn't work!

Two Reasons why a spoonful of Raw Honey will help you to Sleep

  • Honey can restore glycogen to the liver so that your brain doesn't receive a stress response, which often occurs when glycogen is low, which could potentially pull you out of sleep.
  • And Honey also assists with the release of melatonin - a hormone produced by the body that naturally helps with sleep.

Insomnia Remedies and Melatonin


  • Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland that influences the sleep process and maintains the body's circadian Rhythm (body clock).

  • The darker your bedroom is the more melatonin you produce.

  • Melatonin is made from an amino acid called Tryptophan.

  • Cherries are rich in melatonin.

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Insomnia Remedies and Tryptophan

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Tryptophan is an amino acid, which has been shown to affect the part of the brain that governs sleep. Some of the foods which contain this amino acid are:

All of the items below can be used for a nice little nightime snack!

  • Bananas

  • Dates and figs

  • Milk

  • Tuna
  • Turkey

  • Yoghurt

  • Wholegrain crackers

  • Pumpkin seeds


  • Bread

  • Brown Rice

  • Pasta

  • Potatoes

Carbohydrates release relaxing brain chemicals such as Trypothan and Serotin (the happy hormone). So if you are suffering from sleeplessness and need some remedies, dose up on the carbohydrates for your evening meal.


Magnesium is another mineral that is essential for a good night's "zzz", and can be used in conjunction with calcium which has a calming effect.

It has been shown that low magnesium levels may stimulate your brain and cause insomnia so dose up on:

  • pumpkin seeds

  • spinach

  • broccoli
  • peanuts

  • oysters

  • wholewheat bread

Foods to avoid

  • bacon

  • cheese

  • chocolate

  • ham

  • sugar

  • tomatoes

  • wine

Sorry ..... no more choccies at night just before you go to sleep!

Now here is a list of foods to avoid, because they contain tyramine which increases the release of norepinephrine which is a brain stimulant.

How do you cure insomnia without Medication?

  • Dill has relaxant properties which provide a healthy alternative for insomnia remedies. The leaves can be cooked with fish, especially salmon and sprigs can be placed on the pillow.  Try it  in an infusion.

  • Chamomile infusion just before bed can also help with insomnia due to the sedative called apigenin contained in the herb.

  • Valerian is another herb which can be safely used in either a tea or a tincture as a sedative for insomnia.

  • Honey and Milk - for years, probably centuries, this combination has been used as a bedtime drink. Scientists have found that they both contain Tryptohan which is responsible for promoting a good nights sleep.

  • Other herbal tea or infusions which have sedating effects are catnip, fennel and lemon balm.

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