7 Natural Solutions For A Good Night’s Sleep

7 Natural Solutions For A Good Nights SleepNo question about it, sleep is a hot topic. It ranks in the top ten most talked about topics with the BA50 crowd.  When we’re not talking about getting in shape, sex, our kids, our homes, our skin/hair or our finances and health – we’re probably talking about sleep. One thing we can all agree on is, there’s no one solution to ensuring a good night’s sleep that works for everyone. However, when we hear of a good idea — “wives tale” or not, we’re game to try it on.  And, there are some pretty great ideas to pick from.

I‘m particularly interested in the sleep issue due to my family’s chronic sleep issues. My people are insomniacs. My dad classified himself as an “incurable insomniac.” It plagued him, but alas he found alternatives: he was a voracious reader and loved his Prokofiev and Chopin, so he found solace in his books and music while his children slept.  My siblings and I struggle with RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome (there are 20 million of us in the U.S.), and we’ve learned what it takes to manage that (it takes medicine and a little less red wine at dinner). In the early years when my sister and I shared a room, I would watch with fascination as she did multiple rounds of Jane Fonda-like leg lifts before passing out into la la land.

40 million people in the U.S. have chronic sleep disorders and 70 million suffer from insomnia . It’s no wonder when someone tells me they have no issues with sleep, I automatically discount them as braggarts, liars, or freaks.  It just doesn’t seem possible to me.

What I find fascinating are all the solutions people come up with to deal with their sleep issues. I’ve been gathering a menu of sleep remedies to pick and choose from.  I love hearing how others deal with sleep issues and perhaps some of these techniques would be useful to try when your own technique fails and you are lying awake at night.

S0, we know why we can’t sleep: we’re too hot, there’s too much on our minds, we are restless, anxious, our hearts are racing, and we drank or ate too much and feel uncomfortable. We only like our own beds and pillows or we can’t sleep in high altitudes. Since we can’t always fix the problem, it helps to have some sleep tools in our tool box.

Here’s a list of 7 all natural sleep solutions that may be your ticket to a good, solid night’s sleep:

1.     Orgasms: If you’ve got a partner – you’ve got a ticket to a good night’s sleep, and if not — well, you’ll just have to take care of this on your own. It turns out that there’s a hormone called prolactin that’s produced from orgasms and it makes us sleepy (of course better for men than women). Well, if you don’t fall asleep, at least you had fun.

2.     Exercise more (but not just before bed): Yes we know this but it helps to be reminded. Exhaust yourself during your daily workout, ramp it up, and your chances of being fatigued at the end of the day increase.

3.     Cognac: A shot of cognac at bedtime can warm you to the core and send you off into a haze of relaxation and deep slumber.  The doctor won’t give you this advice, but honestly, it’s worth trying.  It’s not called a Digestif for nothing.

4.     No Worries: This is the best sleep antidote ever. If you can’t sleep or you wake up in the middle of the night it’s fine. “So what?” Just lie quietly with your eyes closed. This attitude will keep your anxiety at bay and can even recharge your brain — here’s a study that will help you buy into this belief.

5.     The Real Down Dog:  If you love your dog, spooning with your pet is the best ever. My dog happens to tuck nicely up against me and her easy breathing lulls me back to sleep. I match her breath for breath (good thing she’s not a panter). This works.

6.     Medical Marijuana:  Yup, weed works wonders for many who have a hard time falling asleep and in many states this is legit.

7.     Love Thy Bed: Look at your bed and say to yourself, “Ah, I love my bed, it is the most restful place ever.” Believe that this is the case.  Do not allow negative voices anywhere near your brain or your bed– talk over them and replace them with positive thoughts and images: “My bed is my cocoon, my bed is the most inviting place for rest and renewal.”

I hope this article brings you sweet sleep and gentle dreams. If any of these solutions work for you, please let us know as soon as you awake from your good night’s rest. If you have any ideas we haven’t thought of, post below as well. We all know the world will be a better place if we all can get a a few more ZZZZZZ’s.


Felice Shapiro

Felice Shapiro loves figuring out what's next. As a serial entrepreneur in the publishing space, she launched BA50 to meet the needs of women entering their next phase. So -- What’s Next after empty nesting? Inspired and armed with her love of publishing, start-ups and women’s issues, Shapiro set out to establish an online magazine for 50-something women to share personal stories, successes and relevant issues. In November 2011, Shapiro launched Betterafter50.com (BA50). Shapiro has published work from hundreds of writers, more than 2500 articles, on topics of health, sex, start-ups, dating, adult children aging parents, finance and more. This online platform has an exploding readership doubling on itself almost every month. As a woman who practices what she teaches, Felice is thrilled to have created the ultimate go-to site for mid-life women. Felice Blog appears every week on betterafter50.com 

  18 comments for “7 Natural Solutions For A Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Jane Cqress
    March 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Last night when I couldn’t sleep I imagined a yellow ray of warm sunshine coming in through my toes and gently crawling up my body. By the time it got to my hips I was fast asleep.

    • felice
      March 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      OH that’s the yummiest sleep solution ever

  2. March 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

    To our customers I recommend no pets in bed if they are suffering night sweats. Your wonderful dog is a sleep stimulator but many dogs are bed hogs and cats are too playful and both produce extra hhhheat!

  3. felice
    March 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Haralee – Well I’m sure you are right – that makes perfect sense
    but my dog seems to work wonders for me and I have several friends who swear by the “dog trick”

  4. March 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I have also learned that eating too late in the evening interferes with my sleep. Also drinking interferes with sleep as many people know. I guess it’s a process of elimination that we go through where we find the things that keep us up. Ahhhh, it’s heaven when we figure it out. Virginia- FirstClassWoman

  5. March 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Great suggestions. I’ll take #1 please!

  6. March 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I’ll have one of each, please!

  7. March 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been experimenting with Motrin PM, one tablet instead of two. It worked for me last night. Slept pretty well and didn’t have that awful groggy hangover effect this morning that you often get from over-the-counter sleep medication.

  8. Amy Ruhlin
    March 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I tried every natural remedy possible but finally broke down and asked the Doc for Ambien. It works, but now I’m afraid I will never again sleep without it.

  9. March 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Felice, Many women can’t sleep because they don’t produce enough of the sleep hormone Melatonin. I had trouble sleeping and now take Pure Rest every night by USANA and it really works! I never wake up now in the middle of the night. Check it out on my website. http://www.nancysnutrition.usana.com
    Sweet dreams,

    • felice
      March 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Thanks Nancy, I’m glad your product works and I know it’s natural – glad you are sharing that here

  10. March 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Felice,
    Try Pure Rest by USANA Health Sciences. It really helps me get a good night’s sleep
    every night. I feel great in the morning.
    My website is nancysnutrition.usana.com Check it out.
    Sweet dreams,

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