The lack of sleep is termed as insomnia and is also known as sleeplessness.Sleep is a periodic state of rest for the body, which is important for its efficient functioning. It gives relief from tension and worries. The amount of sleep varies from individual to individual. Normally 7-8 hours of sleep every night is adequate and normal. Insomnia deprives the person with mental rest and interferes with the daily activities. It is the most common problem among the people of upper classes in urban areas. It is also common among the elderly people as the sleep requirements decreases with aging.

Causes of Insomnia
The various causes of insomnia are:
  • Mental tension
  • Any serious or chronic disease
  • Excessive intake of tea and coffee
Home Remedies for Insomnia

Insomnia treatment - Various yogaasanas that are effective in the treatment of insomnia are shirasana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, uttanasan, viparitakarni and shavasana.

Extract about 30 grams of the milk from the poppy seeds (Papaver somniferum) and mix this milk with an adequate amount of sugar. Take this once in a day especially after dinner, when preparing to sleep. This remedy is one of the effective home remedies for insomnia.

Controlled breathing is also effective in inducing sleep.

Take four nutmegs and grind it to a fine powder and take this powder every night before going to sleep. This is one of the most effective home remedies for insomnia.

Regular, active exercises during the day and mild exercise at bedtime enhances the quantity and quality of sleep as the exercise stimulates the elimination of lactic acid from the body. Walking, jogging, skipping and swimming are the good exercises. This is a good insomnia treatment.

To overcome the problem of insomnia one should stick to a regular sleeping schedule like going to bed at a fixed time every night and getting up at a fixed time in the morning.

Applications of hot packs, hot fomentations to the spine, and hot footbath before going to bed are the effective measures. This is one of the best insomnia cure.

Take some root of the pippali (Piper longum) plant and grind to fine powder. Take one teaspoonful of this powder every night by adding some jaggery. Take this powder with a glassful of warm milk. This is very effective home remedy for insomnia.

The cold hipbath with feet in hot water at bedtime is the other beneficial water treatment.

A cup of milk with honey at bedtime is helpful in inducing sleep.

Mash a single ripe banana into a bowl and then put the roasted cumin seeds into it. mix both properly. Take this after dinner. It will induce good sleep and is very good home remedy for insomnia.

Valerian wallichi has mild relaxant properties and is useful in sleep disorders. The fresh juice of the valerian should be taken in a teaspoonful quantity before going to sleep. This is also very effective home remedy for insomnia.

Bedtime Drinks

  • Oranges Orange flower water in warm water with little sugar is the most effective in inducing sleep. Orange leaf tea or the juice of 2 oranges in a little hot water sweetened with honey is also effective in dealing with mild insomnia.
  • Milk or buttermilk Any of the two can be taken with a pinch of cinnamon and honey for quality sleep.

Visitor Comments -

Someone told me that fresh celery juice is good for insomnia. I've never tried it though, and I don't know if I could drink it. About 4 valerian capsules usually do the trick for me! Tim (22-8-2006)

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I also heard that watching a particularly boring show works quite well. My mother prefers The Fairly Odd Parents :-P
#1 - Katelyn - 02/05/2008 - 14:24
sprinkling crushed lavender on your pillow and rubbing it on your neck and chest will allow you to calm down and fall asleep
#2 - Amanda - 02/29/2008 - 14:28
honey for insomnia
#3 - anjali - 05/18/2008 - 09:06
marajuana helps
#4 - jim - 05/27/2008 - 03:51
I am able to fall asleep easily, but I wake at the drop of a pin, then I'm awake all night. My best treatment so far: Get out of bed once I wake up. I pudder around the house, doing odd things, then I get tired quickly and can fall back to sleep much easier than if I had just lay there.
#5 - Sarah - 08/21/2008 - 15:49
A cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract an 2 teaspoons of sugar.:-D
#6 - Sarah - 09/08/2008 - 01:37
It helps to take some night time cold med.
well thats what i do sometimes
not all the time tho
#7 - jeremy - 09/08/2008 - 22:06
where do you get poppy seeds and how do you get the milk out of them? is it a particular variety of poppy?
#8 - candice - 10/20/2008 - 06:07
Drink a warm cup of milk and something startchy about an hour and a half before bed.:-)
#9 - Stephanie - 10/31/2008 - 13:28
Listening to music has really helped me, but not a radio, use headphones, any noise wakes me up, so using headphones helps, I only listen to music.
#10 - cleo - 11/17/2008 - 22:44
try carrot juice to sleep
#11 - meg - 11/27/2008 - 17:50
Actually, carrot juice keeps me awake. About the celery juice...I haven't tried it but know that celery is a de-stresser. If a person is really stressed I've heard to eat 4 stalks a day. It seems like the celery juice would work which I've heard is also good with cucumber.
#12 - Joel - 12/19/2008 - 01:45
:-P smoking weed helps for sure
#13 - melissa yo - 01/09/2009 - 23:42
do the work in house,some exercises,an a hot glass of milk before going to bed makes a person have a good sound sleep.
#14 - sonia - 01/12/2009 - 16:46
Ingesting any kind of marijuana edible an hour before bed will put anyone right out, without being groggy in the morn
#15 - Joe - 02/22/2009 - 11:04
drinking chamomile tea 30 - 45 minutes before your normal bedtime is a good sleep inducer... it really works...
#16 - vas - 03/19/2009 - 13:28
Does watching tv or reading gonna affect you by helping you because some people say it makes it worse?
#17 - Kiara - 03/27/2009 - 20:04
make yourself a sleep ritual, at first do it when your actually getting tired and soon you will be able to turn on your sleep mode with it. By the way only use your bed for sleeping, that makes a difference>-(
#18 - sleeper - 07/30/2009 - 16:23
Both my daughter and I are night owls. I use a crystal singing bowl to ground our energy. Within minutes we are asleep. One day my neighbor had family and friends sitting on the front lawn chatting and having fun. Although it was 10:30 PM, I joined in. The husband claimed he was having problems sleeping. I brought over my singing bowl. He wanted a demonstration. The others had no idea what we were talking about. Minutes later, it got quiet and everyone got up to go to bed or leave. It works!
#19 - Lonny - 09/17/2009 - 01:42
a shot of whiskey before sleep has always helped me once in a great while but i dont want to become dependent on it like i have pills and such...any other remedies?
#20 - Ichitousai - 10/19/2009 - 12:26
A few enemas,every months pass.After six month you will notice a great different in sleeping.All this from Dr. Norman W.Walker.After a year make a try-out again. Once awhile in the blue-moon is good to detox your self.
#21 - sherfel - 11/16/2009 - 22:05
Doing crossword puzzles helps me. Its like something repetitive, like back and forth. I heard someone say knitting helped them, it was back and forth eye movement.
#22 - Carol - 11/20/2009 - 19:33
glass of water with a pinch of salt before bedtime helps me. so does st jhons wort tea before bed helps ,use about 2 BAGS.
#23 - siddika - 11/23/2009 - 15:44
This is really going to help me... Thank you so much!
#24 - Nunya - 11/30/2009 - 19:00
Eat a piece a raw onion. On a radio show where people phoned in, quite a few confirmed that this works well.
Have not tried it yet (don't like onion).
#25 - Charlie - 12/12/2009 - 01:22
Beware the onion is hard on the stomach and may wake you up with heartburn!
Heard any of these would help one hour before:
Banana, yogurt, chamomile tea, cherry juice.
Don't exercise that close to bedtime. It will give you energy. Do it at least 2 hours before bedtime. Then you'll sleep better when you do sleep.
#26 - Laura - 12/13/2009 - 03:40
Find a dead owl, it should have one eye open and one eye close when it dies,take out the close eye and make necklace and wear it when you go to sleep,you will be snoring in no time
#27 - Razvi - 01/14/2010 - 17:18
I have always struggled at getting to sleep but i recently discovered chammomile tea which works wonders for me and has stopped me falling asleep at school during the day as i sleep much better at night :-D.
#28 - Alice - 01/15/2010 - 14:22
reading all of your comments worked wonders for me. night losers.
#29 - suddenlysleepy - 01/17/2010 - 23:31
Take as small envelope. Pick up all your stress and problems. Put them in the envelope. Then throw it out of the window. You will sleep well ,
#30 - devendra prasad - 02/23/2010 - 09:41
Insert soft cotton in both of ears after lying on bed. or 2-3 drops of musturd oil in both ears and then insert cotton in both ears for sound sleep whole night.
#31 - Gaurav - 03/01/2010 - 00:03
:-D i know reading all these comments helped me, night.. oh and i heard lavendar helps alot with soothing you down.
#32 - Katie - 03/15/2010 - 01:12
#33 - B-) - 03/20/2010 - 05:06
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#34 - xz - 03/24/2010 - 08:25
Lavender lotion and a glass of warm milk has helped me. night :-)
#35 - Sleeptight - 03/26/2010 - 20:03
im 10 if i ask my mum to buy any of the stuff above she'd think i was mad when i told her i was insomnic she laughed 4 ages any non-material remedies for heavy insomnia?
#36 - stillnottired - 04/01/2010 - 17:02
close your eyes and slowly breath in and breath out.every time you breath in say you are very greatful and thankful for all blessing nature is giving and while breathing out silently thank the mother nature in your own way for removing all sufferings ,agonies from you .go on go on go on you get the best sleep and the best relaxation
#37 - krishna - 04/04/2010 - 12:18
#38 - DR.NIBEDITA - 04/19/2010 - 05:20
home remides for insomnia
#39 - najuka - 05/12/2010 - 02:45
u really gave me inspiration #29. so nice to know that people with real disorders can go to a site and read helpful suggestions like yours.........
#40 - night loser - 05/16/2010 - 03:23
To #42....I have a job and I still have Insomnia, in fact I think the stress from work has created my case. Stress is the most common cause for sleep disorders, so you can go **** yourself!

Anyways I drink a teaspoon of onion juice just before bed and it has helped on occasion
#41 - PFC [@] - 05/28/2010 - 14:29
#42 - JAZZ - 06/14/2010 - 09:49
Ok so I'm 11 and my mind races and races and I cant get it to stop...I dont think I have anxiety but simetimes I do but I just cant get my mind to shut up...and when I cant sleep I try the 1 sheep 2 sheep thing but it never works...I also can't stay still and I end up laying wide eyed for 3 hours in bed...I dont wanna have to use things to make me sleep but I wanna know a way I can lay down and fall asleep fast like other people.Thanks for any help anyone tells me!
#43 - Tyler Ashley - 07/16/2010 - 22:43
Taking a Melatonin pill or two at night really helps induce sleep. I suffer from insomnia and find that this really helps, but induces very vivid dreaming.
#44 - Sadi - 07/22/2010 - 05:08
wake up get nice sleep in time----lol
#45 - sanjana - 07/27/2010 - 06:11
you all gave the same answer is there no other natural way?
#46 - Kathryn - 07/27/2010 - 07:53
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#47 - Kim - 07/28/2010 - 03:51
I havnt slept in 6 days i feel like im in the freddy movie lol but thanks ppl i really need a way of getting to sleep melatonin pill work ok i usually take 2 but i still wake up like 2 hours later i guess its better than no sleep
#48 - Kandice - 08/10/2010 - 04:49
melatonin works, but I have to take alot of it to make it work. Same with simply sleep by tylenol. I have a high tolerance for medications and I dont like taking them, but Im TIRED of not sleeping.
I dislike tea. Im also not into rubbing a magic ball or riding on a magic carpet..
Any other suggestions??
#49 - wantinsleep - 08/21/2010 - 22:07
I have been an insomniac for years. Falling asleep just isn't for me, I guess. I have tried many of the remedies above...with little to no success. When I was younger...before they put me on sleeping pills...doctors recommended meditation. It is a way of clearing your mind and focusing it on one specific thing. My insomnia is anxiety induced, so if you are suffering the racing thoughts, brain won't stop sort of insomnia. See if meditation works. Best of luck.
#50 - stilltired - 08/27/2010 - 03:26
im 11 and i have trouble gtting to sleep once i get to sleep im fine but it takes me forever to get asleep i keep thinking dark thoughts i cant help it im tired and fed up i want to sleep please help me if you do your a life safe
#51 - open eyes - 08/27/2010 - 16:44
try going to a homepathic doctor. natural remedies: calms forte, passion flower vitamins, camomile tea, 5-htp before bed; prayer, reading the bible, meditation, positive affirmations, saying "I am at peace, all is well. I am free" Trust in God and Jesus to heal you. Say something over and over, "God is Love". Try meditation and Yoga. Krisna Yoga. God be with you.
#52 - looking for peace - 08/28/2010 - 16:04
many claim doing yoga regularly help overcome sleep disorders, try it.
#53 - sleep well - 10/11/2010 - 09:17
Watching cooking on tv helps me fall asleep quick...except Emeril. He's too much fun and loud :-P
#54 - White Lotus - 10/25/2010 - 14:19
I've heard that a metronome supposedly helps relax and bring on sleep but I'm not willing to splash out on one without any knowladge other than watching se7en as I'm not a musician. Does anyone know if this does work?
#55 - Crazyyboyy - 11/10/2010 - 11:01
#56 - EDDY - 12/16/2010 - 04:22
Drink a cup of 100% Cherry Juice before bed it has natural melatonin....
#57 - Malee - 12/18/2010 - 04:24
watching some porn videos helps.
#58 - errrrr - 01/16/2011 - 04:43
Ive tried everything that a person could possibly, including narcotics and the best thing that works for me along with my prescription of course is deep and thoughtfulmeditation along with yoga and if you can afford it thai yoga is amazingly relaxing and you dont have to be a rubber band to do it. The instruct ers actually move your bodu for you (your still fully clothed) bit its designed to release the tension from your muscles.
#59 - Sleep will come - 01/20/2011 - 03:10
Ok, so im 11 and i cant get to sleep. About a week ago my dad could not sleep, and i prayed to god if i have to have horrible sleep for my dad 2 sleep, i would let him. SO GUESS WHAT???? I COULD NOT SLEEP! My dad said he slept like a rock, and i didnt. Every night since then, i havent slept and my dad has. SO FOR GOD'S SAKE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
#60 - Cameron Allen - 01/30/2011 - 18:35
just reading these are making me tired!
#61 - Mary - 02/06/2011 - 21:40
like 1 out of 10 of these are helpful, but usually drinking a light alocohol makes ppl tired like a beer or 2 mike's hard lemonade
#62 - Yep... - 04/14/2011 - 03:03
An old mountain remedy I use sometimes is to mix wild honey with bourbon in equal parts in a shotglass, and then drink it. Using brandy knocks u out even faster. (good quality moonshine works the fastest, but most folk don't know where to get it.)

Some more easterly remedies include drinking hot sake

and sniffing a cut raw onion
#63 - Jed Clampett - 06/07/2011 - 00:47
hello all ,

Ok i found the perfect solution for sleeeping , close your eyes and count to a million,
#64 - miko - 06/14/2011 - 01:07
Stop thinking about everything, your day to day activities or any of your problems while sleeping. Keep your mind completely relaxed and calm.
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#65 - shaneesangel - 06/28/2011 - 01:01
i hear putting used tea bags over your eyes helps
also exersise
#66 - sleep - 07/28/2011 - 04:56
mujhe rat me nind nahi aati hai
gharelu upchar bataye
#67 - ram - 08/10/2011 - 07:13
oh my gash the nutmeg really works i took some just before bed and went to sleep woke up this morning fresh and to start the day no side effcts at all wow
#68 - rpaige - 08/12/2011 - 17:38
My son is teething and can never get to bed. The one thing that has helped is lettuce leaf tea. The smell is horrible but it has worked for the past week. Just add a lil agave sugar and you're good to go!
#69 - Tired Mommy - 10/09/2011 - 22:02
Sip 25 cl of neat Scotch Single Malt Whisky per evening 5 times a week, and they will go away within 2 weeks and never return.

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#70 - Dream A Little Dram - 11/13/2011 - 05:57
Herbal Care is not just for the elderly obviously... This is a site I've utilized for a long time, VERY helpful, for all kinds of things ! This is the page on 'Anxiety,' & I'm sure there's also one on 'Insomnia,' too. :-
#71 - ElderCare - 01/06/2012 - 23:51
I have read almost all of the ways to possibly fall asleep and will try some of them. thank you to everyone who posted comments. I to suffer from insomnia and find it very hard to fall asleep. The one thing that doesn't work for me is warm milk.
#72 - Smiley - 02/27/2013 - 14:01
something that helps me is to go through powers of five in your head they even have a little pattern it normally takes me past the millions place to get to sleep but it works for me normally.
#73 - joshua - 05/21/2013 - 05:33
What I always have done is Tyenol PM with milk and a sleep mask.
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