Treating Insomnia Without Prescription Drugs

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Oftentimes, when someone has difficulty sleeping and mentions it to his or her doctor, the automatic reaction is to pull out the prescription pad and write out something to knock you out every night. But that isn’t the only way to treat insomnia, and it’s not even the most effective.

Starting with what you eat, ditch anything that contains refined sugar, chemicals, food dyes, and preservatives. In short, if you can’t buy each separate ingredient in its whole form at the grocery store, you shouldn’t be eating it. All of these unnatural ingredients overstimulate your body, messing with your normal sleeping habits and your body’s natural rhythm, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Instead, eat a plethora of fruits and vegetables, especially those that have an alkalizing effect on the body, to help bring your body back to running the way it should.

With your newfound energy from eating healthfully, head outside and get some exercise! If you’re just sitting around all day without doing anything physical, your body simply isn’t going to be tired when you need it to be. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day of upping your heart rate, and then go from there. No matter how much you may think you hate exercising now, between 30 minutes a day and a healthy diet, you’ll be itching to get moving more often than not.

In the end, a bedtime routine and avoiding electronics and screens for at least an hour (preferably two or three) before bed can help your body and mind to wind down more easily when it’s time to hit the sack, helping you fall asleep fast, and sleep more deeply, than you ever thought possible.