Home Remedies for Insomnia


We all have a usual habit to wish ‘good night’ to our dear ones before bedtime. It is a wish that you should be blessed with sound and deep sleep. Actually, sleep is an effective way to provide rest to your tired body.Thus, it is important to look forward for remedies for Insomnia and get some good sleep.

According to National Sleep Foundation (NSF), every adult has to sleep for at least seven to eight hours to be in a healthy state. Sleep is considered as a refreshing button for all of us which makes us feel energetic every morning. Unfortunately, everybody is not that lucky to get a sound sleep. Are you one of them who often have a sleepless night? If yes, then you should know that you are suffering from insomnia.

It is a sleep disorder where a person finds it difficult to fall asleep, or he/she is always deprived of sleep. The disorder is curable at home and you can use home remedies to get deep sleep. Read more to understand the causes of insomnia followed by home remedies to cure it.

Causes of Insomnia

As you might have observed that when you are under stress you often find it difficult to sleep well. So, stress and tension are the main causes of insomnia. There are many reasons for sleeplessness; it can be due to

  • Long-term disease like diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances which secrete high amount of cortisol, and other problems like thyroid, menopause etc
  • Heart diseases
  • Anxiety, tension, stress, depression or bipolar disorder
  • Certain kind of medications
  • Changes in work environment

Whatever be the reason for your sleeplessness, it will have an adverse impact on your health. Thus, it is important to take the necessary initiative to treat insomnia. Let us see in detail how you can treat insomnia at home.

9 Soothing Remedies for Insomnia

We have brought a lot of natural remedies to cure your insomnia. You might wonder why you should prefer home remedies for insomnia over allopathic or homeopathic medicines. Well, the medicines which can cure insomnia have many harmful side effects.

Thus, it is beneficial to use some homemade remedies which will treat insomnia without any side effects. The ingredients required to prepare the natural remedies along with the process are given below.

1. Milk

Hot Milk with ButterMilk is a wonderful remedy to cure your insomnia, as it contains tryptophan that promotes sleep. It also soothes your mind, body and gives you natural sleep.

Method 1: Milk with Honey

Things you need

  • Warm milk – 1 glass
  • Honey- 1 tbsp


  1. Take a glass of warm milk and add 1 tbsp of honey in it.
  2. Mix well and drink it 40-60 minutes before going to bed.
  3. Honey contains natural sugar that increases insulin level and activates tryptophan, which makes you sleepy. It also relaxes your mind and body.
  4. Use this remedy once every day to cure insomnia.

Method 2: Milk with Saffron

Things you need

  • Warm milk- 1 cup
  • Saffron strands- 3-4


  1. Add 3-4 strands of saffron in a cup of warm milk.
  2. Stir well, and have this milk 1 hour before going to sleep.
  3. Saffron consists of mild sedative properties which promote natural sleep.
  4. Repeat the remedy every day to treat insomnia.

Method 3: Milk with Cinnamon Powder

Things you need

  • Warm milk – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder- ¼ tsp


  1. Mix ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder in a cup of warm milk.
  2. Sip it 50-60 minutes prior to sleep.
  3. This is a soothing beverage, and cinnamon decreases the frustration levels and provides sound sleep.

Method 4: Milk with Almond Oil

Things you need

  • Warm milk – 1 cup
  • Almond oil – 2-3 drops


  1. Take a cup of lukewarm milk and 2-3 drops of almond oil.
  2. Stir well, and drink this in the night.
  3. Almond oil provides a calming effect and releases stress.
  4. Drink the combination daily to sleep comfortably at night.

2. Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are also known as sour cherries are a natural source of melatonin. It regulates the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle as well as promote a quality sleep for the long duration.

Things you need

  • Tart Juice- ½ cup
  • Tart cherry extract- 2tbsp
  • Water- ½ cup


  1. Drink ½ cup tart juice directly.
  2. But because of its sour taste, some people find it difficult to drink, so then you can mix1-2 tbsp of tart cherry extract in a ½ cup of water.
  3. Have this juice before going to sleep, and within 15-20 minutes you will fall asleep.
  4. Take this juice regularly if you have severe insomnia, whenever you find hard to sleep.
  5. Tart cherries are full of Tryptophan that converts to melatonin, which causes drowsiness and make you sleep.

3. Valerian

Valerian is a renowned medicinal herb with sedative-like properties. It relaxes your stiffed muscles which lead to deep sleep.

Method 1: Valerian with Nutmeg

Things you need

  • Grated Valerian root- ½ tsp
  • Nutmeg – ½ tsp
  • Water- 2 cups


  1. Take ½ tsp of grated valerian root and nutmeg.
  2. Mix this with 2 cups of boiling water, and let it boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the water, and drink this whenever you find trouble in sleeping.
  4. It is an instant remedy for insomnia.

Method 2: Valerian Tea

Things you need

  • Valerian herb- 1 tsp
  • Hot water- 1 cup


  1. Take a tsp of valerian herb, and mix in a cup of hot water.
  2. Mix it well, and let it settle for 5 minutes.
  3. Now, strain the tea, and drink it.
  4. Repeat it every night to prevent sleep deprivation.

Method 3: Valerian Tincture

Things you need

  • Valerian tincture- ½ tsp
  • Water- 1 glass


  1. Take ½ tsp of valerian tincture, and dilute it with a glass of water.
  2. Drink this water 2 times a day for getting natural sleep.

4. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has a compound Apigenin which provides a sedative effect. It will work like wonder and make you sleep instantly.
Things you need

  • Chamomile herb- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup


  1. Take a cup of water, and boil it with 1 tsp of chamomile herb.
  2. Allow it to boil for a few minutes, and stir in between.
  3. Now strain it, and you can also add a tsp of honey or a pinch of cinnamon powder.
  4. Take this tea regularly to avoid sleeplessness.

5. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is loaded with sedative property which aids in getting natural sleep. It calms your mind and relaxes your nerves so that you can sleep peacefully without any disturbance.

Method 1: Nutmeg with Milk

Things you need

  • Nutmeg powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Warm milk – 1 cup


  1. Take 1/8 tsp of nutmeg powder, and mix in a cup of warm milk.
  2. Drink this milk regularly before going to bed.
  3. Or you can also add a quarter of nutmeg powder in a cup of warm water or any fruit juice of your choice.
  4. Use this remedy regularly to cure insomnia.

Method 2: Nutmeg with Gooseberry Juice

Things you need

  • Nutmeg Powder- ½ tsp
  • Indian Gooseberry Juice- 1 tsp


  1. Mix a pinch of nutmeg powder with a tsp of Indian gooseberry juice.
  2. Taking this mixture 3 times a day regularly will help in treating the insomnia naturally.
  3. It also helps in curing problems of depression and indigestion.

6. Oatmeal

OatmealOats are rich in fiber, which digests easily, as sometimes people have difficulty in sleeping because of indigestion.It contains melatonin, a hormone which promotes natural sleep and thus helps in getting a comfortable sleep.

Things you need

  • Oatmeal – 1bowl
  • Flax seeds- 2 tbsp


  1. Take a bowl of oatmeal for your dinner, and add 2 tbsp of flax seeds in it.
  2. Mix well, and eat this frequently to get good sleep.
  3. Flax seeds contain omega-3 acids, which is a natural mood lifter. So, if you are having anxiety, then this remedy will calm you and provide you a deep sleep.

7. Cumin Seeds

Cumin SeedsA cumin seed is a spice which is usually used in cooking. It has great medicinal properties which help in digestion, and also used in some herbal medicine to induce sleep. That is why it is a wonderful remedy in curing insomnia.

Method 1: Cumin with Banana

Things you need

  • Banana- 1
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp


  1. Mash a ripe banana, and mix 1 tsp of cumin powder with it.
  2. Have this banana every day before going to bed.
  3. Following this remedy daily will provide you sound sleep.

Method 2: Cumin Tea

Things you need

  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup


  1. Take 1 tsp of cumin seeds, and roast in a dry pan for a few seconds.
  2. Now pour a cup of water into this pan, and boil it along with cumin seeds.
  3. Once it is boiled, turn off the stove and cover it with a lid.
  4. Leave it for 10 minutes, and then strain the tea.
  5. Drink this tea 30-60 minutes while going to bed.

8. Aniseed

AniseedAniseed is a herb which is useful to treat menopause  in females. It also treats stomach related disorders and insomnia.
Things you need

  • Water- 500ml
  • Aniseed- 1 tsp


  • Mix 500 ml of water with 1 tsp of aniseed.
  • Now, heat this water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Then, strain the water in a glass.
  • Drink this tea while it is hot or warm will help you to get a good sleep.

9. Hot water bath

Taking a hot shower 1-2 hours before going to sleep is very effective in curing insomnia. It is a very good bedtime ritual which relaxes your body and soothes your nerves.

Things you need

  • Warm water- 1 bucket
  • Essential oils- 2-3 drops


  1. Have warm water for taking a bath.
  2. Add 2-3 drops each of essential oils, like lemon balm, rosemary, chamomile, or lavender in your bath water.
  3. These essential oils provide soothing relief, and especially lavender oil is very effective as it contains a mild sedative which helps in sleeping faster.

Tips for Reducing Insomnia

These tips are very effective in treating your sleep disorders, follow them regularly to get sleep naturally.

  • Massage your head and eyelids with warm castor oil for a few minutes. It will help you with sleeping early, and within 15 minutes you will get sound sleep.
  • Mango helps in treating sleep disorders, but is seasonal still whenever available you can enjoy this delicious and juicy fruit before going to bed, which will help you to sleep at ease.
  • Chewing dates regularly also reduces sleep disorders.
  • Eat bananas regularly as it contains tryptophan, melatonin and serotonin, which work as a muscle relaxant. So, taking a banana 60 minutes before going to bed will help you to sleep naturally.
  • Drinking green tea 2-3 times regularly helps in decreasing your stress levels, and thus aid in having a relaxed sleep.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and limit your coffee or tea intake, as it does not allow you to sleep properly.
  • Listen to your favorite music helps to get a quick sleep. It helps in distracting all the unnecessary thoughts and provides a good sleep.
  • Avoid sleeping during the day, otherwise you won’t get proper sleep in the night.
  • Follow the same schedule daily, set a time for going to bed and getting up in the morning. Following a strict schedule will help you to get sleep on time.
  • A little foot massage at night also helps to get a deep sleep. Massage your foot with mustard oil or any essential oil by giving pressure on your sole and some points.
  • Eat a handful of almonds throughout the day, as it contains magnesium and tryptophan, which relaxes the stressed muscles. Eat it regularly to cure your insomnia.
  • Do aerobics or cardio exercises daily, as it relaxes muscles and makes you tired to fall sleep.
  • Always have your dinner 2-3 hours prior to sleep, which helps in having a good sleep.
  • Avoid taking sugar or sweets 1-2 hrs before going to bed as it gives you instant energy and your body gets active.
  • Consume foodstuff rich in calcium and magnesium as they work as a sleep booster.
  • Avoid using phone, laptop, I pad or any gadget 1 hour while going to bed, as these gadgets produce a blue wavelength which suppresses the production of melatonin, and you don’t feel sleepy anymore.

Now, you can put an end to your sleeplessness, as these remedies will help you to get a nice and peaceful sleep at night. Enjoy your sleep time!

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