Updated August 30, 2021
If you're having trouble sleeping, there's a host of remedies that can help you calm down your body and mind to find sleep. These days, there's a wide assortment of pharmaceutical sleep aids, and while many of them can help you fall asleep quickly, some prevent your body from getting the deep, restful sleep it needs. Many over-the-counter sleep aids keep you from achieving REM sleep, so you wake up feeling tired and groggy.
At US-Mattress, we encourage the use of non-clinical sleep aids whenever possible. Fortunately, there are a number of non-medicinal beverages that will help you fall asleep at night, and many of them are drinks you know and love.
Warm Milk: This timeless aid for sleeplessness is said to be effective because milk contains a high amount of the amino acid tryptophan, which is believed to aid the mind and body in relaxation.
Lemon, Ginger, and Honey Tea: If you're not in the mood for warm milk, then these are a good alternative. Try mixing some lemon wedges, sliced ginger, and a generous teaspoon of honey in a mug of hot water. Allow the ingredients to infuse over a few minutes, and then sip slowly.
Chamomile Tea: All species of chamomile flower contain relaxants, so a hot cup of chamomile tea may give you the extra push you need to fall asleep. Slowly drinking something hot and soothing, like chamomile tea, about a half-hour or so before bed helps the body relax and prepare for sleep.
Lemon Balm Tea: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, and it has a delightfully sweet and lemony taste. According to historians, lemon balm has been used as a sleep aid since the Middle Ages. You can make your own by steeping lemon balm leaves in boiling water.
Tart Cherry Juice: Studies have linked consuming two 8-ounce servings of tart cherry juice during the day (one in the morning and one a couple of hours before bed) to a significant decrease in insomnia. This is likely because cherries contain melatonin, which is an antioxidant that helps regulate the sleep cycle.
While these remedies aren't guaranteed to work for everyone, you may find one particularly useful in helping you get the deep, restorative sleep that your body needs. Of course, if your sleep problems persist, then you should contact your physician, as you may need something more potent to help you find sleep.
Also, don't forget how important your mattress is to your overall quality of sleep. If your mattress is worn out, it may contribute to your sleeplessness. If you think your mattress is the reason for your insomnia, then you can call 1-800-455-1052 to speak with one of our friendly mattress experts who can help you find the best solution to your insomnia.