What is insomnia?
1. Start your sleep diary
2. Book in for a check-up with your doctor
3. Stick to your schedule
4. Try napping
5. Create a calm bedroom
6. Unwind after dark
What are some natural sleep remedies?
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant that helps ease anxiety and induces sleep. "It can lower high levels of the stress hormone cortisol so you drift off easier," naturopath Karina Francois reveals. You can get it from leafy greens, nuts and pumpkin seeds, or take a supplement.
Warm milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which can help boost melatonin and serotonin production. "Put a tasty spin on the remedy by using almond or cashew milk, which is rich in magnesium," Karina says.
Valerian root is an ancient herb that's used to treat insomnia. "It acts like a sedative on the brain and nervous system, but you need to take it two hours before bed," Karina says. "A combination of valerian and magnesium can be particularly helpful."
Hops isn't just an ingredient in beer; the flower is also used to treat sleep disorders. "It can help you relax and is very effective for treating tension," Karina says.
Lavender and its aromatic oil is proven to assist sleep. "It works by reducing muscle tension," Karina says. "Rub a few drops on your neck, chest or temples."