Stress in the family often begins with sleep deprivation or insomnia. Insomnia is caused by a wide range of issues, such as joint and muscle pain, restless legs, anxiety, fear, acid reflux, and pain from chronic disease. Something as common as drinking too much caffeine (including chocolate) later in the day, or staying up
too late doing homework or watching the News, can contribute to sleeplessness.
Easy-to-make remedies from foods in your pantry or fridge may be just the
solution you're looking for to help you fall asleep and get back to sleep if you
awaken during the night. Choose one or two, not all of these at once!
Always, always choose organics (including grains) due to possible GMO’s and/or pesticide contamination.
1. Toast and warm milk (organic bread and organic milk, please)
help relieve stress and promote better sleep. Studies have shown that drinking
warm milk releases melatonin -- the sleep hormone -- as well as endorphins to
relax you and encourage sleep. A small amount of complex carbohydrates such as organic whole grain toast or cereal will fill your stomach, relieving hunger
pains at bedtime, and relieve insomnia. Whole grains release tryptophan, a
precursor to seratonin production-- the calming brain chemical. This is also a
great snack to eat during the night if you awaken and can't get back to sleep.
2. Two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with 10 to 12 ounces of water relieves burning from acid reflux that may prevent sleep. Additionally, arthritis and fibromyalgia pain may lessen or disappear after alkalizing with this drink.
3. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with eight ounces of water
and drink before bedtime as a sleep aid and soothe gout
4. Raw honey, high in potassium and other nutrients, helps to alkalize the body and nourish the brain, causing relaxation and sleep. It relieves acid reflux and will help you get back to sleep if you awaken early. Drizzle some on whole grain toast with a glass of warm milk for the perfect bedtime snack to sleep better.
5. Eat apple slices dipped in raw honey to relieve heartburn, fill your stomach, and relax before sleep.
6. Relieve arthritis, fibromyalgia and headache pain that may interfere with sleep by drinking a mixture of cream of tartar and water before bed. Add half a teaspoon of cream of tartar to eight ounces of water, stir and drink. The body naturally becomes more acidic at night, and this drink helps alkalize and reduce pain. Additionally, if you're anxious, nervous or having difficulties breathing, a glass of this mixture should calm you down and allow better sleep.
7. If fibromyalgia or other muscularskeletal pains cause insomnia, take 2-3 capsules of a good quality tumeric/bromelain before bed to sleep better. Both relieves stiffness and muscle aches, and reduces inflammation.
8. Calcium and magnesium promote sleep has been my ritual for
several years. Eat a snack before bed that's high in calcium and magnesium, such as organic yogurt, kefir, almonds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, or cashews, and black strap molasses. Sleep better after a green smoothie including kale,
collards or dandelion greens with yogurt and honey for a cooling bedtime snack
during summer. I also take a good quality Cal/Mag with Vitamin D if I’d
experienced an especially stressful day.
9. Herbal teas such as those made with chamomile or Valerian
root can help relieve insomnia and promote better sleep; however, too much of
either of these herbs can actually do just the opposite and cause agitation,
anxiety, irritability and insomnia.
10. Wild lettuce helps relieve headaches, anxiety and joint pain that may interfere with a good night's sleep. It has a calming effect that relieves restlessness and anxiety and may even help soothe restless leg syndrome.
Always check with your health care provider about possible food interactions if you are taking a pharmaceutical or over the counter medication.
Excerpted from Natural News