Natural Cures for Insomnia

Natural Cures for Insomnia

Discover the reason for your sleeping problems, and use our tips and natural cures to help you overcome this temporary problem at Victoria

Do you keep having sleepless nights? If this is due to your partner, then we are naturally very happy for you. However, for many women in their prime the menopause can sometimes be the reason for temporary sleep problems. Our tips will help you to find your way back to sleep and undisturbed nights.

Why can the menopause sometimes rob us of our sleep?

It is during this time that the ovaries start to reduce the production of oestrogen. This female sex hormone promotes both the deep and the so-called REM sleep phases, in which we process our experiences in dreams. Scientists believe that sleep becomes shallower and less refreshing due to the reduced oestrogen levels.

At the same time other hormones start to plummet. The result: The brain releases fewer messenger substances that help to control both of the sleep phases. With time the status quo is regained but this can take a while.

Natural cures for insomnia

  • Do not have any drinks containing caffeine after the late afternoon, such as coffee, black tea, soft drinks or alcohol.
  • Banish heavy, greasy meals from the evening menu.
  • Before going to bed have a bath with a valerian infusion: Chop 100 grams of valerian root and soak in three litres of water. Leave it to steep for 15 minutes, strain it off and pour into a bath that is no hotter than 37 degrees.
  • Prepare a bedtime tea of hops, valerian, lemon balm or lavender. Add two teaspoons of the herb of your choice (for hops only one teaspoon) to a mug of hot water, leave to brew for ten minutes, strain and drink in small sips. As valerian has little flavour, add a little lemon balm and honey.
  • Your bedroom and above all your bed should be an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Overflowing wash-baskets and unfinished work do not belong here as they create stress and worry.
  • Favour the colour blue for some elements in the bedroom, such as the bed-linen, curtains or even a blue wall. According to findings in colour therapy, blue has a calming effect. The ideal temperature for sleep is between 16 and 18 degrees.
  • Last but not least: Do not get worked up about occasional sleep disturbances. And give yourself time to find a good sleep pattern once again. Do not reach for quick fixes such as sleeping pills. If your insomnia is severely impacting your quality of life, you would be well advised to seek the help of an expert, such as a sleep scientist or a gynaecologist.

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