Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies

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People searching for some natural, science-backed sleep aids to help them fall asleep can use our simple guide to get started as soon as this evening.

As always, people should try staying away from electronic screens before bedtime, make sure they’re going to sleep at the same time every night, and try their best to sleep in a dark, cool, and quiet room.

But if implementing all these things just still isn’t enough, here are a few natural and holistic remedies that could potentially help people sleep better at night.

Melatonin supplements

Melatonin is a hormone that the body naturally produces. Each evening, the melatonin levels in the body rise, which helps people fall asleep. People can also buy melatonin supplements at most drugstores, which may help them overcome short-term insomnia.

Johns Hopkins sleep expert Luis F. Buenaver, Ph.D., C.B.S.M., explained in a blog post: “Most people’s bodies produce enough melatonin for sleep on their own. However… you can try a supplement on a short-term basis if you’re experiencing insomnia, want to overcome jet lag, or are a night owl who needs to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier, such as for work or school.”

Cherry juice

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One study found that drinking a small amount of tart cherry juice two times a day could help people sleep better. Plus, another study reports that tart cherry juice can help with post-workout recovery. Those who want to try this natural remedy should look for a juice that is 100 percent cherry juice with no added sweeteners.

Raise magnesium levels – naturally or with supplements

Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, told The Cut that magnesium can make the muscles feel more relaxed and ease anxiety — both of which could lead to a better night of sleep.

That said, Dasgupta suggests it’s probably better to make sure people are eating a magnesium-rich diet rather than taking supplements. He told the New York Times: “There is really sparse evidence that taking super-therapeutic doses of magnesium will give you a benefit.” People should try adding more magnesium-rich foods like leafy green veggies, legumes, fish, chicken, and almonds into their diet.


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A review of scientific studies about meditation and sleep concluded that meditation does indeed help improve sleep. “It might be concluded that meditation practices enhance melatonin levels and hence[,] quality of sleep,” the authors of the review wrote.

Sleepers who are curious about giving meditation a try at home, consider downloading an app like Headspace, or listening to free guided meditation practices on YouTube.

[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if you have questions related to your own health.]

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