Last Modified on Mar 07, 2016
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.
Find a Natural Cure for Insomnia
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! Keep reading below for helpful tips from our readers.
Remedies for Insomnia
The Popularity of Insomnia Remedies - Full List
|BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)||17%|
|SIDE EFFECT (1)||17%|
[NAY] 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.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Regarding 5htp for insomnia: 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] 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!!!
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Posted by Shino (Auckland, NZ) on 09/29/2008
[YEA] 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!
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Auckland, New Zealand
Posted by Stefanie (Minden, Louisiana) on 07/17/2008
[YEA] 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.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Juliette (Reston, Va) on 11/08/2012
[YEA] 5htp and GABA supplements were sooo helpful for my insomnia. Taken in the late afternoon and right before bed. The GABA especially just knocks you out feels like a xanax and 5htp really helps quiet the worrisome thoughts.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Robin (Rural, VA) on 07/11/2008
[YEA] 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.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Yasir (Stockton, CA) on 09/16/2007
[YEA] I found acidophilus to be very helpful with insomnia.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Clayton (Willamina, Oregon, USA) on 12/05/2007
[YEA] 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.
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YEA (1) 50% SIDE EFFECT (1) 50%Posted by James Wallace (Seattle , Washington) on 05/19/2007
[YEA] 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.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
18 User Reviews | 9 YEA | 1 BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS Treatment
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 (9) 90% BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1) 10%Posted by Alan (Mexico) on 03/02/2015
[YEA] You should all try apple cider vinegar with honey and camomila tea hot when you are already in bed. Make three camomila tea bags or four.
Plus take a 250mg of magnesium plus a calcium citrate pill that should contain vit d-3 plus one l-taurine 500 ml capsule. Have a nice sleep!
Posted by Ravi S (Dallas, Texas) on 12/20/2009
[YEA] 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.
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Posted by Michelle (Winfield, Kansas, USA) on 09/23/2007
[YEA] 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.
Posted by Robin (Dallas, Texas) on 09/18/2007
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 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.
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Fresno, California USA
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Posted by coleen (buffalo, missouri) on 06/23/2007
[YEA] 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!