Last Modified on Feb 21, 2014
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a condition describing difficulties in sleeping: falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up still feeling tired or lacking energy, affecting mood, health, work, and quality of life. While what's regular for sleep varies from person to person with an average of 8 hours a night, stress and anxiety can affect your ability to sleep or stay asleep. Many people will experience insomnia or sleep problems at some point in their lives, but chronic insomnia needs to be taken care of.
Insomnia can be caused by painful medical conditions, prescription drugs that affect blood pressure or brain function, change in environment or schedule, stimulants like caffeine or nicotine, alcohol, eating too much before bedtime, even worrying too much about sleeping, and depression, stress, and anxiety. Insomnia is generally seen more frequently in older populations.
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On this page we have a large number of home insomnia cures submitted to us by the Earth Clinic community. Some of our most popular natural sleep aids have been apple cider vinegar, melatonin, magnesium, and even ear plugs. Have experience curing insomnia? Please don't hesitate to share it with us.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- 5 HTP
- 5 HTP and Magnesium Citrate
- ACV, Baking Soda and Cayenne
- Amino Acids
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Milk of Magnesia
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Supplements
- Apple Juice, Honey, Multi-Vitamin
- B-3 Nicotinic Acid
- Bentonite Clay
- Block Blue Light
- Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc
- Castor Oil
- Cherry Juice
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colon Cleanse
- Cumin Seeds
- Don't Stress!
- Ear Plugs
- Elderberry Extract
- Eliminate EMFs
- Herb Tea
- Honey and Cinnamon
- Hypnic Jerks
- Ignatia Amara (Homeopathic Remedy)
- Kakao (Raw Chocolate)
- Lavender Oil
- Lemon Water
- Light Therapy
- Magnesium and Calcium
- Magnesium Citrate
- Marjoram Oil
- Mental Chatter Remedies
- Multiple Remedies
- No Cell Phone or Computer 2 Hours Before Bed
- Nutmeg in Warm Milk
- Oat Straw Tea
- Oil Pulling With Safflower Oil
- Onion by the Bedstand
- Potassium Iodine, Magnetic Pillow
- Prayer, Ocean Sounds, Phone Ringer Off!
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Selective Insomnia
- Skullcap for Insomnia
- Sleep Disorder Remedies
- Sleep Mask
- Sleep Pointing North in Absolute Darkness
- Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate
- Sound Waves/ Vibrations
- Soursop Tea
- Suan Zao Ren
- Sweet Woodruff
- Ted's Alkalizing Remedy
- The Pillow Method
- Theanine, Taurine
- Valerian Root
- Vitamin D
- Wiggle the Toe Method
- Xiao Feng San
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/29/2010: Lila from Kodiak, Ak: "I have been able to sleep less and less over the last few years. I have tried so many things to help get past my insomnia (I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep). I heard about your website and searched for things to help me sleep. The only thing I had in the house that night was 5htp. I take it for mood but have always taken it in the mornings. I didn't think it would help but felt desperate so i tried it. I have been taking it for 9 nights and have only had trouble sleeping 2 of those nights; a HUGE improvement! Thank you!!!"Replies
11/07/2012: Judy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada replies: "I am having a real hard time finding something to help with my sleep problems. I have tried the magnesium, niacimide and soda with apple cider vinegar. No luck so far for myself but, amazing results for insomniac daughter. Thinking about trying 5 htp next. Any thought or suggestions would be appreciated."
11/07/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "I have found that valerien root, passion flower, melatonin, and 5htp all help me to get a good night sleep. You have to experiment a bit to see what is the right amount of each to take. If you have emotional issues, worry, anxiety etc that are keeping you awake I recommend doing EFT or emotional freedom techniques. You can google EFT tapping points for insomnia and get lots of info/videos."
11/07/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Hello Judy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Please google Rutavala Essential Oil. Rub it liberally on your back neck, temples, wrists (and bottom of feet) about 1/2 hr before bedtime, and you will find that it miraculously lulls you into sleep.
I generally do a sea salt bath with lavender oil for about 20 mins. Then rinse off with soap/water, and do the rutavala oil routine before turning off the lights.
I also know folks who put 2-3 drops of rutavala oil in empty 00 size capsules and drink with water (however I have not needed to try this) since liberally applying oil takes care of my 20 yrs of insomnia.
Good luck, T"
11/08/2012: Juliette from Reston, Va replies: "5htp and GABA supplements were sooo helpful for my insomnia. Taken in the late afternoon and right before bed. The GABA ecspecially just knocks you out feels like a xanax and 5htp really helps quiet the worrisome thoughts."
11/09/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Judy, Some times we miss the things available in our own kitchen. Try a pinch of ground Nutmeg in a cup of milk before going to sleep. It works. Good Luck, Baldev"
[NAY] 04/14/2013: Anon from Roanoke, Va replies: "Even in small doses 5 HTP leaves me wide awake ALL NIGHT LONG if taken in evening. I've have started experimenting with taking it in morning, primarily for mood, however so far I have had not experienced any change or improved sleep.
5 HTP is supposedly useful for weight loss, pms, anxiety/depression, migraines and fibromyalgia in addition to insomnia. It is recommended to take it with vitamin B3 or C."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/15/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "I had really bad side effects from 5-htp. I couldn't sleep, and every joint in my body hurt!!! It was 100mg slow release. I tried again 2 weeks later, same effects!!!! I threw them out, and found out these are known side effects to 5-htp. love Andrea C xxx"
[YEA] 09/29/2008: Shino from Auckland, NZ: "ive taken 5HTP (150mgs) and it relaxed me and made it way way easier to sleep. with stress during the day, i hadnt been able to sleep until 5-7 in the morning, but when i started taking this i was feeling sleepy by about 10pm, asleep before midnight!"Replies
12/27/2008: Shabana from Bradford, UK replies: "what is 5HTP?"
[QUESTION] 02/02/2009: Marcella from Moscow, Idaho replies: "I would like to know at what time did you take the 5HTP and how many mg?"
02/17/2010: Shino from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "hi, sorry for the very late reply..i took 150mg of 5HTP after my evening meals. I think that may be relatively high, as I was taking it for depression too. Other people here seem to be having good results with a dose of 50mg."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/16/2011: Jp from Ottawa, On replies: "Dr. Roger Murphree recommends up to 300mg at bedtime on an empty stomach with grape juice. I found that this helped me (I started at 50mg and worked up) quite a bit. Sleep was more restful, although still broken. Daytime anxiety and tremours really subsided."
[YEA] 07/17/2008: Stefanie from Minden, Louisiana: "I found this remedy when I was looking for herbal remedies for my daily headaches. I found 5-HTP. According to the article, some of the things it helped with are insomnia, headaches, anxiety & depression. I thought could it be? I immediately went to my husband to show him what I had found because he had problems sleeping at night as well. We went a few days later to our local drug store and picked up a bottle of 50mg. 5-HTP. We had decided on the lowest dosage available in our area, upping the dosage as we went along if it was necessary. We have only been on it for a few days now but there is a very noticeable difference. We both have been sleeping through the night and feeling more refreshed when we wake. My anxiety attacks are gone as well as my headaches. We both are much less snappish than what we were before. We haven't noticed any side effects so far. We are taking them with a meal or a small snack and so far we have stayed at 50mg. Thanks for the very useful information that lead to this discovery!"
EC: Read more about 5-HTP here.
5 HTP and Magnesium Citrate
[YEA] 07/11/2008: Robin from Rural, VA: "I have been on a quest to find a good nights sleep, naturally. I have recently been taking myself off of antidepressants and prescription sleep aides. And trying to find a way to balance out the seratonin naturally. This is what I have found: Rhodiola is an enormous help. However, I was still having insomnia, and anxiety. I tried Kava. This helps with the anxiety, and would help me relax, but wouldn't put me in the sleep zone. So I recently got 5-Htp, and magnesium citrate. And it hasn't been long, but I feel I am in balance. I am finally sleeping like a baby."Replies
07/12/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Robin with insomnia: Hi Robin, If you are still having problems sleeping, I think that you should keep on taking the magnesium and add a good stress tablet at rate of l tab at mealtime and bedtime. Stress tablet usually only has B complex vitamins + C & E, and I consider them the best nerve pill or antidepressant going, much cheaper and seldom any unwanted side effects."
[YEA] 09/16/2007: Yasir from Stockton, CA: "I found acidophilus to be very helpful with insomnia."
ACV, Baking Soda and Cayenne
[YEA] 12/05/2007: Clayton from Willamina, Oregon, USA: "I have been using ACV for a couple of months now. I started off with one Tbls in a glass of cold water. Now I am using 2 Tbls of ACV, 2Tbls Raw Honey, 1/4 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper. I mix the ingrediants in a large mug, add hot water from a tea pot. This concoction tastes pretty good, is not very spicy (the pepper is hardly noticable). I have had more energy, felt better, sleep MUCH better. And like others I have noticed my dreams to be very vivid & clear."Replies
08/04/2011: Christie from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I have been taking 2 Tbsp of ACV per day in water for several months now, but am still feeling the effects on insomnia. Wondering about this baking soda/honey/cayenne concoction... My questions is do you drink this in the morning or in the evening?
Are you still sleeping better?"
08/05/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Insomnia is also a symptom of a magnesium deficiency. You could try taking magnesium and even having an epson salt bath before bed (magnesium sulphate I think)."
01/10/2013: Butterfly from Greenfield, Ma replies: "Hi, I wish I could take acv, but due to candida, I feel awful when I take it, my pain increases and I feel just rotten. Is there another way to take it with out the side effects? or a substitute? Thanks, butterfly"
[YEA] 05/19/2007: James Wallace from Seattle , Washington: "Recently I wanted to increase my body's growth hormone production to repair stressed muscles. I read in a book on physiology that people who don't sleep well do no release enough growth hormone in the first few hours of sleep to repair the stress of muscles caused during the day. The book pointed to studies of taking the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Glutamine an hour or less before going to bed.
So I bought the two amino acids (500 mg strength each) and took one of each. I got the muscle repair I wanted. But something else happened - I SLEPT THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH! And I have been sleeping soundly since.
I think this works like a two way street. Insomniacs don't release enough growth hormone: Increased growth hormone release causes sounder sleep.
Also you don't have to take Arginine and glutamine every night. Just 3 to 4 nights a week (I know this because I sometimes forget to take the capsules). So it works in a Ted kind of minimalist sort of way. I appreciate that Ted from Thailand is a minimalist in supplement taking. It's refreshing advice."Replies
05/23/2009: One2die4 from Washington, DC replies: "What brand have you used for L-arginine and L-glutamine.or doesn't matter."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/02/2010: Wing Sum from Singapore replies: "I have been taking L glutamine before go to sleep for the past few days. And I cant sleep the whole night. My eyes are wide opening. And alert through the night.
I cant think of the reason why I cant sleep. I have stopped already but still not yet can sleep. Is it because I didnt take L arginine together?
Can you please advice me? I hope I can survive in these few days without sleep.
06/02/2010: Rainman from Central, Vt, Usa replies: "I don't know if this will help... but, I started taking L-Tyrosine awhile back. I would take 100mg at night, usually with dinner (I weigh around 180lbs). It really helped me sleep... Within a couple hours I would begin to feel really relaxed. Once in bed, I would fall asleep fast. I actually fell into deep sleep faster than I ever have in my entire life. However, it wasn't as easy waking up either. I felt so relaxed in the morning I didn't want to get out of bed. Which is why I stopped taking it. But, it really helped me through a tough time. I would also try some camomille tea... I have a comomille, mint, lavender tea that really helps me to relax before bed. Something warm in my stomach always helps."
05/09/2012: Rosali from Mumbai, India replies: "I would suggest you to try homoeopathic remedies for insomnia for a long lasting relief. These remedies are prescribed based on the constitution of the person. They work on our body by calming and strengthening the nerves, slowing down your thought process and relieving your anxiety, helping you fall asleep more easily and improving the quantity and quality of sleep which will keep you refreshed and energized. Some of the frequently used remedies for the treatment of insomnia are Sleep CM INS formula, C35 INS formula, C55 neurocalming formula, etc."
Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Insomnia
Holistic Treatment Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 teaspoons
- Filtered Water - Large Glass
Restoring your body's pH and nutritive balances might be all you need for a good night's sleep. Try adding an apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic to your daily routine—Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water and sip this throughout the day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by drinking this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the tonic are all you'll need each day.
[YEA] 12/20/2009: Ravi S from Dallas, Texas: "Last night I was reading on ACV/Honey, ACV/baking soda for sleep disorders. Decided to give it a try. I took ACV/Honey one teaspoon each in a cup of warm water at 9.09pm. By 9.30pm I started winding down and by 10pm, I was fast asleep. I had FEWER disturbance. My problem earlier was to get back to sleep if i am disturbed and that happened frequently. This seemed to work pretty good and I woke up real fresh."Replies
02/08/2010: Cathy from Picayune, Ms replies: "I am confused about the properties of ACV. It states that for a boost of energy in the day to drink acv. Then you guys state that to sleep better, drink acv. It sounds like an oxy moron to me. I have been using acv for a long time and it does have great benefits. I take it for my stomach, great for gas pains. I just don't believe in the help you sleep and help you energize. It can only do one of the 2. It does not help me sleep nor does it energize me. I have noticed that if I take it to late before I go to bed that I don't sleep as well."
06/08/2010: Surulere from Bloomfield, Nj, Usa replies: "Ravi, please, i will like to know how your progress is going regarding your sleeping problems.
I have been having sleeping problem for about 3month now. Still looking for what will work for me because i dont take medications. I will embark on this journey tonight."
[YEA] 09/23/2007: Michelle from Winfield, Kansas, USA: "I began using acv a few weeks ago at a small dose of 1 tsp. per day. After two weeks I noticed I was sleeping better and that my dreams were better. Rather than dark and heavy, my dreams were becoming more and more light-hearted. I actually woke myself up laughing the night before. I don't know if I can attribute this to acv, but I suppose it's possible."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/18/2007: Robin from Dallas, Texas: "I feel I sleep better when taking ACV and since I have a problem with high blood pressure it is helpful in that regard also. I do have a problem though, whenever I take it for awhile, like 3 or 4 days I get constipated. Do you know why? Lately I have been taking it by itself, I don't like it with juice or water, however, I could go back to taking it that way."Replies
10/18/2008: Stuart from Fresno, California USA replies: "This is in response to 9/18/07: Robin from Dallas Texas was wondering why apple cider vinegar caused constipation after 3 or 4 days. This is caused by using the processed apple cider vinegar but if you switch to an organic apple cider vinegar, that should end the problem and better health benefits overall will be achieved.
Earth Clinic is a great and informative website giving much attention to apple cider vinegar as a remedy, but I think it may be helpful to always specify it as ORGANIC apple cider vinegar instead. Many people that come across this website might miss the few areas that do specify the difference, so not knowing better, they will most likely go out to the grocery store and buy the most popular Heinz brand (processed) apple cider vinegar, and therefore they will have less satisfactory results than if they used an organic one from a health food store."
02/25/2009: Kaybe from Bristol, TN replies: "I get constipated with vinegar also...and I only use Organic, with "the Mother"."
03/13/2010: Nicole from Seattle, Wa replies: "If you get constipation from taking ACV you may need to add baking soda to your ACV. This is why I believe Ted recommends to add the baking soda to ACV. Some of us are just too acidic and therefore do not have enough "buffers" in order to drink the ACV alone. This method has eliminated the constipation issues for me."
[YEA] 06/23/2007: coleen from buffalo, missouri: "I don't usually write anything back but after taking the apple cider vinegar I felt I had to. I have had very very very bad acid reflux that has gotten worse over the yrs. to the point that it seems any food as soon as it is in my mouth I start with the burning burning burning. Belching....my husband says I do this all night long. I could not sleep flat any longer for I would just throw up in the middle of the night. Not to mention I have not had much sleep for I could NOT eat 4-5 hrs before going to bed! I had trouble swollowing, and have a constant cough, that I have been told could be cancer of the asophegus? When I heard that... I started taking the acv, that very night I slept "normal" and the next morning I had a good bm (which is another problem) Within a few days all my symptoms were gone and it has cured several other ailments as well not to mention loosing weight! I hate the stuff (taste) but you can't ignore the miracle it is. I just think more people should be talking about this simple remedy for sooo many things, what else could it do? I think the list goes on and on. ps. My ph level used to say "consult a physician" to now being normal. I have more energy too!"Replies
02/16/2011: Jp from Ottawa, On replies: "I wonder if those whose 'acid reflux' was helped by ACV actually had low stomach acid? The symptoms of the two are often confused. Doctor's seem to assume all stomach reflux issues are from too much acid when often they are not."
[YEA] 06/04/2011: Pc from La Costa, Ca replies: "ACV helped me tremendously. It stopped my acid reflux, allergy and flu symptoms... And it stopped the constant headaches I got for years. Nearly every day of my life, I take a TBSP of ACV and 1/2 tsp of vitamin C in a cup of water. I rarely get colds or the flu."
[YEA] 04/19/2007: Julie from Sacramento, CA, USA: "I have had keratosis pilaris for many years. I tried apple cider vinegar as suggested and I am amazed at the results. Its only been 4 days and the Keratosis is 80% gone. I also noticed that Im not having spastic colon episodes and for the first time in years I am not needed a sleeping pill to get to sleep. I do have a question if you can kindly answer..Is putting vinegar on food (i.e. popcorn) as helpful as drinking it??"
[YEA] 03/15/2007: Cheryl from Center Valley, PA: "I came across your website while desperately searching for a cure for a severe sinus infection. The ACV helped tremendously. Another amazing plus is that I sleep so well since taking it. I've been troubled with disrupted sleep for about 2 years now. Just curious to know what it does in the body to make such an improvement in sleep? Thanks for this wonderful website!"Replies
09/12/2013: Karin Street from Us replies: "Reply to Cheryl's question about ACV. It's the potassium in ACV that helps w/ so many ailments, isn't it? Eating much salt causes us to need more potassium than we can get in foods."
[YEA] 10/15/2006: Scott from Oil City: "I have been suffering from acid reflux for about 8 years .I have been to the doctor and have been on all of the prescription ppi drugs,currently on prilosec otc.I always had to back them up with tums ,Rolaids ect.None work for the long term. Tried ACV two nights ago seems to work. I have also for the last year been having problems sleeping, which then gave me migraines. I had my best sleep in two years the last two nights. Don't know if the ACV had any thing to do with that , but I love the side effect."Replies
[YEA] 06/04/2011: Pc from La Costa, Ca replies: "I have been taking 1 TBSP of ACV and 1/2 tsp of vitamin C for about 3 years now, and it has made a HUGE dramatic difference in my life!
I no longer get the constant headaches I had for years, nor do I get the acid reflux I was starting to get a lot... Nor allergy and flu symptoms. I am rarely sick with the cold or flu. It is truly a "miracle" solution. I thank God for finding the Earth Clinic website!"
[YEA] Anonymous : "Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of honey and store this mixture in an air-tight container. Anytime you have trouble drifting off, take two teaspoons of this mixture and you'll drift off in less than a half hour. And you won't be groggy in the morning like over-the-counter sleep aids."