Natural remedies for Sleep

Natural remedies for sleep that are useful

By Veena Deo

The discussion in this article is about natural remedies for sleep that can be followed very easily by all people.

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The causes include a disturbed sleep pattern, dream anxiety, stress and strain, fever, menopause, pregnancy, iron deficiency, pregnancy, menstruation, Heartburn, aging, anxiety, chronic pain, enlarged prostate, late shift work, sleeping too much during day time, medications like ephedrine etc.

Natural  remedies for Sleep that are helpful–

Massage feet with Cucumbers.

Massage of the head with Bacopa oil, Spikenard (Jatamansi) oil is advisable before going to bed.

Drink warm milk with a little bit of Nutmeg before going to bed, for Vata constitution. For Pitta constitution add Cardamom and for Kapha constitution add dry ginger.

Try to establish a regular bed time routine, also in the weekends.

Herbal teas containing Chamomile, Passion flower and lemon balm are advisable. If the tea is not available then try to take the herbal supplements containing the aforesaid herbs.

The use of lavender oil for its smell in the bed room is advisable.

Try to do deep breathing exercises.

Bedroom should be warm and with a comfortable bed and pillow.

Warm relaxing bath is advisable.

Valerian root is useful for sound sleep. Should consult a Doctor before using this as dosage could differ. If restlessness occurs, stop the use of this herb.

Take a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts.

Do meditation and yoga.

Listen to soothing music.

Wear comfortable clothes.

Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol before going to bed.

Eat raw cabbage salad.

Avoid sleeping during day time.

Passion Flower is useful in minor sleep problems.

Many times disturbed sleep is due to stress and strain. Take herbal supplements containing these ingredients like Ashwagandha and others.

Mix the powder of Aloe weed, Licorice, Gotu kola Spikenard.Take it with milk or honey. If powder of the herbs is not available take herbal supplements containing these herbs.

Poppy seeds extracts, Jatamansi (Spikenard), essential oils of rose and sandal are relaxing and calming. Use them in any convenient form.

Deficiency of B Vitamins like B6, B12 and Folic acid may produce insomnia. So correct the deficiency of these Vitamins.

Ashwagandha has an adaptogenic property which means that it has been found to enhance survival during stress. So try to take Stress supplements.

Spikenard is useful for headaches, convulsion and sleeplessness. It is a good substitute for Valerian. Take as a Supplement.

Take a combination of following herbs for sound sleep -

I hope the above natural remedies for sleep including the use of certain herbal supplements will help all that are trying to address this situation. In severe or chronic cases one should consult a healthcare adviser.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to


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