Causes and Natural Treatments for Insomnia

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You crawl into bed, exhausted, set your alarm, get into a comfortable position and shut your eyes. And you wait. And wait. Your mind races and you tell yourself it’s going to be another night of tossing and turning.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, one third of all American adults experiences at least one insomnia symptom each night. And roughly 10% of people suffer from chronic insomnia.

But what’s behind these sleep issues? Different things but these things can basically be broken down into two categories:

1) Mental Issues

2) Physical health Issues

Mental Issues

We live in a stressful world and many people are inflicted with depression and anxiety, and these are some of the biggest causes of people to lose sleep every night.

Physical Health Issues

There are numerous medical conditions that can lead to insomnia. The pain and physical discomfort of these health issues can often cause people to have trouble sleeping. Some of these health issues are:

  • Nasal/sinus allergies
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as reflux
  • Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Low back pain

What’s worse is, many medications used to treat these afflictions themselves often cause insomnia.

What Can You Do?

If you suffer from insomnia, you’ve probably already tried white noise machines, new pillows and mattress and maybe some common OTC or prescription sleep medications, which left you feeling completely groggy and out of it. Or worse, they left you with the nasty side effects I just mentioned.

Is there any relief for people with insomnia that want to use only natural and safe remedies? The short answer is yes, there are natural alternatives to risky OTC and prescription medications, and I’m going to share of few of the most powerful right now.

Give Yourself Time to Power Down

Too many people think they can just lie down, shut their eyes and a magical switch will be flipped and they’ll drift off to sleep. But it doesn’t work that way. Your body needs time to unwind. This means you need to stop using electronic devices and doing any work. Take a bath, do your bedtime routine and maybe read a chapter in a book. These are all ways to naturally signal your body it’s time to rest.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise has been linked to better quality sleep. A study published in the October 2015 Journal of Sleep Research found that after six months of exercising 150 minutes a week, participants reported significantly reduced insomnia symptoms. As a bonus, they also had significantly reduces depression and anxiety scores.

Don’t think you have to start training for marathons or becoming a gym rat. Simply walking more each day is a good start to an exercise program. Choose exercising you actually love (swimming, cycling, dancing) so you’ll WANT to perform them on a regular basis.

Eat Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a secretion made by worker bees. They feed this to the Queen bee and it is what allows her to grow 10x bigger and live 10x longer.

Royal Jelly assists people in getting a good night sleep in a few different ways:

  • It keeps blood sugar from dropping (this is often what causes people to wake up soon after they fall asleep).
  • Relieves anxiety (so your mind won’t keep roaming).
  • Royal Jelly can help calm nerves by calming the brain biochemistry so you can peacefully drop off to sleep.

Our Golden Royal Honey contains beneficial Royal Jelly. Try some for a good night’s sleep!