Do you suffer from insomnia? If so, you will probably benefit from several different home remedies for insomnia. I totally know how you feel -- it's so hard to be up at night knowing that you need to get up early, but you simply cannot go to sleep. In most cases, your mind is racing. You might be anticipating the activities and events that will occur the next day, or maybe you messed up and had something containing caffeine a little too close to your bedtime. Either way, you can take care of the problem without resorting to drugs.
Drinking chamomile tea may be one of the best home remedies for insomnia. Don't knock it until you try it! It really does work well. Simply heat up a mug full of water for about 2 minutes in the microwave (a minute and a half if you are like me and don't like your tea too hot), and then place a tea bag containing chamomile in the mug. Let it steep for three to four minutes, and then drink. You will probably be ready to hit the hay and close your eyes in no time. I say "probably" because it obviously won't work this way for everyone, but I think it's safe to say that it will for most people.
Milk and Honey
If you don't like the taste of herbal teas and scoff at the idea of using chamomile as a sleep remedy, what about some milk and honey? This is another one of the excellent home remedies for insomnia. Don't worry about exact amounts here. Just mix up some milk with whatever amount of honey you desire and drink away. Most of the time, this makes people feel sleepy at bedtime. Keep in mind that it probably won't work in the middle of the day.
Take a Hot Bath
Taking a hot bath before bed is one of the most effective home remedies for insomnia. Most people will agree that it's nice to go to sleep after emerging from a hot bath. There's just something about the feel of the cool sheets against the steamed skin that spells sleep. Give it a try. If you're up one night and can't sleep, take a bath using water as hot as you can stand it. Just be careful and don't fall asleep in the tub.
Exercise Every Day
If your insomnia is an ongoing problem, you might benefit from starting up a regular exercise routine during most days of the week. Getting all worked up during the day will probably make you much more eager to go to bed at night. When the muscles and body are fatigued, sleep is what is needed, and your body will make it easy for you to get it. This is one of the little known, but very effective home remedies for insomnia.
Get Lost in Thought
When you're lying there, trying to go to sleep, force your mind to frequently change gears from one thought to another. Don't dwell on the same subject and just let your mind wander. Eventually you will start to notice that your thoughts are becoming rather nonsensical and bizarre. This is an indicator that your brain is starting to go into sleep mode and you are beginning to dream. Just go with it --- don't fight it. The next thing you know, it will be morning and you'll have had a good nights rest!