Alternatives to sleeping pills found right in your kitchen

Having trouble sleeping but nervous about heading to the drugstore for relief? Try some of these natural home remedies you can find right in your kitchen (or at least at your local grocery store).

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Sugary foods eaten about 30 minutes before going to bed can act like a sedative but will spare you the “hangover” that often comes with sleeping pills. But remember to limit it to one or two; too much sugar will have the opposite effect.

Epsom salts

A 15 to 20-minute soak in a hot bath with 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts right before bed will relax your muscles and settle your mind.

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High-carbohydrate, low-protein foods are easy on the stomach and can help transition the mind into a peaceful slumber.

Tryptophan

Tryptophan is a natural chemical found in food and is known for helping to ease the brain into sleep mode. Milk, turkey, tuna, cottage cheese, cashews, and soy beans are all high on the tryptophan scale. A small bedtime snack containing one or more of these foods could make hitting the hay easier.

Of course, it’s important to remember that while these natural home remedies might provide a quick fix. If you continue to have trouble falling asleep, you might want to consider replacing your pillow or other sleeping products. If the problem persists, make sure to contact your doctor.

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