Trouble falling asleep? Tip and products to help you overcome insomnia

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Insomnia is a condition when you’re unable to sleep. It’s estimated that one in three people suffer mild symptoms of the illness. The causes range from anxiety, chronic pain, drugs/medicines, depression, stress and many more.

Unable to sleep at night means you’ll be suffering from tiredness throughout the day, which can impact your mood, social life and work productiveness. Fortunately, there are some ways to treat insomnia, to help you sleep again.

The first few considerations for those that suffer from insomnia is to take note of your sleeping schedules. If you want to get a good night’s sleep, you must schedule your sleeping time; for example, plan on sleeping from 10:30pm until 7am. Having a schedule will ensure your body can regulate a pattern of sleep.

A mistake often made by students or those who live in smaller apartments is laying in bed all day, whether it’s working on your laptop or watching your favourite TV show right before you sleep. Treating your bed as a sleep-only zone will also train your brain to understand this is a setting that you only sleep in.

When you drop the temperature in your room, you can trick your body into thinking it’s time to sleep. You can do this by taking a hot bath before bed or keeping your bedroom window open. Your brain signals to your body when the temperature drops that it is coming to the end of the day. This is because when the sun goes down, your body tends to get colder, indicating that your body should begin its preparation for sleep.

Exercising and keeping a healthy diet is a large factor in ensuring you get efficient sleep. By working out for an hour a day, whether that’s going for a run, using a skipping rope or something as calm as yoga, all play a part in treating our bodies like a temple. You’ll be burning off all the calories your body has been storing throughout the day, leaving you feeling less energised and ready to sleep.

While these are the main factors you should adapt to in your day-to-day lives, there are some products to help you beat insomnia.

Natural Factors, Stress-Relax, Tranquil Sleep, 60 Chewable Tablets, P762.92

Natural Factors, Stress-Relax, Tranquil Sleep. (PHOTO: iHerb)
Natural Factors, Stress-Relax, Tranquil Sleep. (PHOTO: iHerb)

What you should know: 180 shoppers have given this product a 5-star rating. Tranquil Sleep formula contains a unique combination of compounds that support relaxation and enhance natural sleep quality. If you dislike syrup formula, you’ll be pleased to know this product comes in a tasty, tropical fruit flavoured chewable tablet.

NatraBio Insomnia Relief, P386.96

NatraBio, Insomnia Relief. (PHOTO: iHerb)
NatraBio, Insomnia Relief. (PHOTO: iHerb)

Made from all-natural ingredients and strong enough to help you fall asleep, the NatraBio Insomnia relief is to be applied under the tongue an hour before your head hits the pillow and again right before you sleep. It’s been scientifically developed to deliver fast and efficiently.

Little Moon Essentials, Sleep Comes Easy, Sleep-Inspiring Mist, P314.47

Little Moon Essentials. (PHOTO: iHerb)
Little Moon Essentials. (PHOTO: iHerb)

This relaxing, sleep-inspiring mist and pillow spray is naturally effective the essential oils help soothe and nourish the body promoting relaxation and sleep.

Garden of Life, MyKind Organics, Sleep Well, P1,084.39

Garden of Life, MyKind Organics, Sleep Well. (PHOTO: iHerb)
Garden of Life, MyKind Organics, Sleep Well. (PHOTO: iHerb)

L-Theanine is a powerful amino acid clinically researched to promote deep relaxation by increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. For this Sleep Well formula, L-Theanine from Organic Green Tea are combined relaxing herbs like Organic Lemon Balm, Hibiscus and Chamomile, to help you fall asleep and awake truly refreshed.

Yeouth, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil, P1,997.30

Yeouth essential oils. (PHOTO: iHerb)
Yeouth essential oils. (PHOTO: iHerb)

Essential oils pressed from robust healing plants can provide a beneficial effect, positively influencing a person mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Updated 3 February 2021.

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