Hi, I'm 20years old and I have horrible insomnia. I really don't want to go to the doctor because she will prescribe sleeping meds/sleeping pills and I don't like taking medication of any kind unless I absolutely have to. Does anyone have any natural home remedies that are inexpensive and have worked for you? I'm in desperate need of help sleeping. (I've tried melatonin and it doesn't work very well. It might give me 4-5 hours of sleep instead of 1-3.) PLEASE HELP!!!
How much Melatonin have you taken? You can take higher doses than what the directions say. Valarian root works quite well. In fact Valarian root with melatonin works great. You can also try herbs like skullcap, catnip, valarian (I mentioned already), there are some natural combos on the market that mix a few different herbs that might work. California poppy can work for some people especially if you have anxiety. Kava is good but you have to be careful because high doses and even regular doses in some people can harm the liver. I would try perhaps increasing your dose of melatonin and add a dose of valarian too. Valarian root stinks to high heaven like dirty gym socks but it does work! Make sure you get a good reputable brand with a standardized dose.
If it is not standardized, you cant be sure how much herb is in each dose or if there is even any of the right stuff in it (especially here in the US where we have little to no oversight on herbal preps) You may want to consider some therapy session that teach you to relax your mind and fall asleep better. Believe it or not, falling asleep is a skill we learn as babies. If you do not get better sleep with that, you should see a doc just to rule out other causes for your insomnia. Most docs wont force sleeping pills on you if you dont want them. Sometimes certain antidepressants help with sleep and they are not habit forming.
I tried Valerian tea and it helped make me a bit sleepy before bed. Have you tried to exercise or take walks sometimes that helps. They also have melatonin extended release formula. Some people take benadryl short term. I also found blacking out my bedroom of all light helps. Avoid coffee or caffeinated drinks. If noise wakes you up use ear plugs. Now that it is summer I use a small fan to circulate air and the humming blocks out noise.
There are many web sites that give non-drug suggestions for insomnia.
Hope you can get some Zzzzs soon :)
I am and always have been a chronic insomniac. I can remember laying awake when I was just a little kid! I have found that taking two benedryl at bedtime, then reading until I get sleepy works better than anything. And I have a serious heart condition, and it's been okayed by my cardiologist. Just don't get anything but benedryl, no other allergy remedies as they have other ingredients you don't want.
I usually try taking benadryl also. Works pretty well. I have had problems with staying asleep. I have tried it all also, and with you, I do not want to take the prescription drugs. I have had personal experience with the side effects, along with family members. One thing I read, and practice, is not to exercise too close to bed time. I like aroma therapy. Lavender is a good calmer, and when you do wake up, they say not to keep laying in bed, worrying about not sleeping and having to get up in the morning. Get up and change your space. Go to the couch, or anywhere else besides your bed, pick up a book, or low TV, anything different. That has helped me the most. Good luck, know how frustrating. L
How's your stress? It could be anxiety related in which case meditation could help. I think 15 mins a day before bed? You'd have to look into that.
Otherwise you could try some exercise before bed. I used to do crunches and that helped me.
This will sound weird, but sex or masturbation could help too because that'll release endorphins and help you relax before bed too.
Ultimately I needed to be on anti-anxiety medication to help my insomnia. I hope these suggestions will help you.
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