Better sleep without medication!
That’s something a lot of us could use this time of year. Or any time of year, really.
You know the feeling – laying awake in bed, willing yourself to fall asleep … then glancing at the clock and getting that panicky feeling “well if I fall asleep now I can get a good 5 hours…”, then 4 hours, then… Followed by the painful next day trying to be alert when you’re really exhausted!
I hear this complaint from so many people. SO MANY. If you don’t struggle with sleep, consider yourself very lucky. At least in my 30′ish female demographic, sleep troubles are rampant. (Although unfortunately I can’t help you if the cause of your sleep deficit is a small child… that is another blog altogether!)
Here at Vintage Amanda we like to be healthy and balanced.
And we like inexpensive, DIY solutions that really work.
So when faced with repeated questions about home remedies for better sleep – I took action and started The Sleep Experiment. This 2 week experiment lets you test remedies at home and report back the results which I’ll share here. These are just preliminary results – so if you have trouble sleeping some nights, sign up today!
And now onto the results. Remember, the sleep experiment isn’t scientific, it’s just interested readers testing remedies and sharing their experiences. So if you’re feeling curious about a remedy, give it a try yourself (and then report back the results to us!)
Easy Home Remedies for Better Sleep
1. Chamomile tea:
If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE herbal teas, especially chamomile.
And not just for the taste – but because teas are gentle, safe remedies for a number of common ailments that we can use at home! Check out my love affair with chamomile here.
The only catch with this remedy is that you’ll want to drink the tea about an hour before bed … because drinking a big mug of liquid right before bed might interrupt your sleep with toilet breaks!
One reader who tried this remedy said she slept much better than usual:
“Definite improvement with staying asleep – I slept very well (quite unusual for me!). I only had one night where I didn’t sleep and had quite a lot on my mind that night. I would therefore conclude it helped me with mild sleep problems but isn’t strong enough to knock me out if I am particularly worried about something.”
Totally agreed. Herbal teas are gentle remedies, so if you’re particularly stressed you might combine several remedies for a bigger effect.
2. Warm lavender bath before bed:
Taking a warm bath (or shower) about an hour before bedtime is a great way to wind-down, relax yourself AND ease into a good night’s sleep. Why?
Apparently the drop in body temperature makes you sleepy (so take a warm bath to raise your body temp, then after the bath your temp drops and you get sleepy!)
“It feels relaxing, and indulgent, both of which I need right now. The scents don’t bother my beloved, and they are cheap and easy. One other important bit (for me!) is that the warmth of the bath/shower also helps soak out the ache of the day, making me feel even more relaxed for bed.” -Steffie
3. Start a simple meditation routine:
Easy visualization and breathing exercises get you out of your head (and your worries) and bring you into the present moment.
Stopping that soundtrack of worries and to-do lists in your head lets you fall asleep more quickly.
Lissa who had never meditated before said that she fell asleep faster than usual, although she “remembers lying in bed” while trying to fall asleep – this makes sense because when you mediate, you become aware of where you are (rather than lost in your thoughts).
Your ability to meditate and the effectivness improves with time – so stick with it. And it’s a useful skill, because meditation is also great for stress relief!
By far the most commonly tested remedy was chamomile tea – with positive results and the majority of people saying it was easy to use.
The one suggestion that no one tested – no one at all – was eliminating caffeine from your routine. Scary, I know! But would be really curious if someone is brave enough to try it. After the first few days of detoxing, I think you would really notice a difference.
If anyone is up for the no-caffeine challenge, let me know! I’ve just given up coffee myself as a test – so would love to share that experience with someone else!
The Sleep Experiment is going to continue to test remedies & collect your results – so if you’re interested in testing these remedies and more yourself, please sign up here today!