Sleep Disorders

Updated 11 August 2014

Natural remedies for insomnia

Do you belong to the silent tribe of insomniacs who toss and turn at night?

Do you belong to the silent tribe of insomniacs who toss and turn at night?

If counting sheep does not do it for you, you might want to consider natural remedies before resorting to sleeping tablets.

- Take a daily dose of 5HTP and magnesium;
- invest in the following sleep-inducing herbs: zizyphus, valerian, lavender, German chamomile, passion flower, oats and ginseng;
- the homeopathic remedy belladonna will help with general insomnia and cocculus takes the yawn out of jet lag and interrupted sleep patterns;
- take a warm aromatherapy bath 30 minutes before going to bed by adding one or two drops of - the following essential oils to your bath water: chamomile, hops, lavender, mandarin, majoram, neroli, sandalwood or ylang-ylang;
- take up meditation or yoga; or consult an acupuncturist.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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