Here is a list of eleven natural sleep aids. This list is not decisive - but it would give you a good start to know what’s available and they have all been PROVEN to be useful with sleep and a variety of sleep disorders.

No, its NOT your average list of sleep aids - look again and identify why. This list cuts through the misinformation in the industry.

1. A forty minute walk, at least 4 mornings a week, most preferably in the sun exposing your skin. Number one for a reason, just do it.

2. Healthy eating. Watch the food ingredients, colorings and chemicals that are in your diet. E.g. It may be that you experience from insomnia several days after having takeaway Chinese meals with MSG in them, or that you’re intolerant to the bread preservative calcium propionate (282). There are over 50 food additives and chemicals related to a wide-range of sleep problems including restless sleep, depression (getting up too early in the morning), aggravated nervousness and panic, strange dreams, night terrors, bed wetting, the incorrect diagnosis of sleep apnea, breathing problems, sleep walking and sleep talking, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (too active to sleep), etc. Visit my web site to discover exactly where to access this information in more detail.

3. Decrease your intake of salicylates and amines in food. These are naturally-occurring food components which are found in HEALTHY foods, like sultanas, strawberries, slow cooked tomato based stews, citrus fruits also vitamin supplements that include citrus bioflavanoids.

4. Look up your prescription drug name in Google to see if insomnia, depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping are side effects listed on internet sites. Some prescription medications are causing problems with sleep patterns. If you’re taking a combination of medications, ask your doctor how each of them is behaving in combination - this question is tough for even the doctors to answer.

5. Do not eat too much sugary food, particularly before going to bed. When your blood sugar levels fall it will cause several people to wake up. Rather, have a small piece of protein before bed, if you’re hungry e.g. a boiled egg.

6. Get off the drugs, alcohol and stimulants! Duh!

7. Have at least an hour every day to relax and do something pleasant which is not stressful or electronic. Relaxing is not watching violent and weird TV shows, and it isn't playing electronic games and certainly not violent electronic games. (Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination - this stuff is “bending your brain” more than you realize, and gives you a lot more to assimilate and process while you’re asleep.)

8. Have a definite end to your day, each day - where you stop working and unwind.

9. If you work on the computer a great deal, turn it off completely or move away from the melatonin inhibiting blue ray screen several hours before you go to bed.

10. Hydrate. If you’re dehydrated you don’t sleep properly

11. Sleep cool instead of hot. Overheating in bed decreases your rapid eye movement sleep. Throw out your doona/duvet and sleep under something cooler made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, alpaca, etc).

This list will be continued soon, it is by no means decisive. We know that it doesn’t contain a list of packaged over the counter sleep aids - let’s get the basics down first! If you implement the list above you might not have to buy any sleep aids at all.

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