Modern medicine can do wonders for our health and well-being, but knocking back pills to help you sleep can feel like a step too far. Luckily, our forebears had a few ideas of their own about how to get a good night’s sleep, and some of them are still useful today – though we’d stop short of putting whiskey in a baby’s bottle these days!
The scent of lavender has been believed to have soothing and calming properties conducive to sleeping well for centuries. Whether it’s a scented heat pack, a bedroom spray or a fragranced candle, lavender in your bedroom could help take you to the land of nod.
If tension is part of the reason you aren’t sleeping well, indulging in an aromatherapy massage during the day could also help to relieve some tension – ask your therapist to use lavender essential oil for a double whammy of total relaxation.
Camomile tea is the herbal remedy most often thought of as helping with insomnia, but depending on the root causes of your sleeplessness, others could also help to address the issue. If poor digestion keeps you up, try sipping on a cup of peppermint or liquorice tea, both of which can aid with indigestion. Sage herbal tea is also thought to relieve night sweats and rosemary could help with headaches – a handy piece of info for those who are kept awake suffering with them.
Natural sleep aids
It’s also possible to purchase natural sleep aids over the counter, many of which contain valerian root and hops, old-fashioned remedies which are nonetheless effective.
Of course, without the right environment to sleep in, no amount of herbal remedies will set you on the path towards a good night’s sleep – that means a peaceful, clutter-free bedroom, comfortable bedding and the right mattress for the job. See how we can help to give you a great night’s sleep every night with our next day delivery on a range of mattresses to suit everyone.