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Natural Cures for Insomnia

Jul 22, 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

Natural Cures

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5 HTP42016-06-05
5 HTP and GABA12012-11-08
5 HTP and Magnesium Citrate12008-07-11
ACV, Baking Soda and Cayenne12007-12-05
Amino Acids12007-05-19
Apple Cider Vinegar92015-03-02
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda22013-07-30
Apple Cider Vinegar, Milk of Magnesia12011-07-11
Apple Cider Vinegar, Supplements12013-04-28
Bentonite Clay12007-08-24
Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc22007-09-14
Castor Oil52011-04-15
Cherry Juice22014-03-30
Chia Seeds12015-03-09
Coconut Oil42009-02-27
Cod Liver Oil12009-08-04
Cold Showers12007-08-11
Colon Cleanse10000-00-00
Copper and Zinc12015-02-24
Cumin Seeds12007-11-27
Dead Sea Salts Bath12015-07-24
Don't Stress!10000-00-00
Ear Plugs72006-09-29
Elderberry Extract12009-09-22
Eliminate EMFs22013-07-15
Eliminating Wheat12014-12-31
Flax Seeds12015-08-06
Honey and Cinnamon22007-12-13
Hot Water Bottle12015-07-02
Hypnic Jerks12014-07-29
Ignatia Amara (Homeopathic Remedy)12013-10-18
Kakao (Raw Chocolate)22008-02-12
Lavender Oil12011-01-03
Lemon Water12014-02-21
Magnesium and Calcium22005-08-29
Magnesium Citrate22010-07-14
Marjoram Oil12009-02-23
Melatonin, Zinc and Magnesium12014-05-12
Nettle Tea12016-07-18
No Cell Phone or Computer 2 Hours Before Bed12008-02-21
Nutmeg in Warm Milk12009-12-26
Oat Straw Tea12013-02-27
Oil Pulling12015-08-06
Oil Pulling With Safflower Oil22008-01-08
Onion by the Bedstand10000-00-00
Potassium Iodine, Magnetic Pillow12007-09-18
Prayer, Ocean Sounds, Phone Ringer Off!12007-12-30
Sea Salt42011-03-18
Sleep Mask12006-03-22
Sleep Pointing North in Absolute Darkness22006-02-07
Slow Breathing12015-04-17
Sound Waves/ Vibrations12011-12-31
Sweet Woodruff12009-02-24
Ted's Alkalizing Remedy12012-01-17
The Pillow Method10000-00-00
Theanine, Taurine12012-09-26
Valerian Root52015-07-02
Vitamin B-312011-01-19
Vitamin D22009-02-07
Wiggle the Toe Method12007-07-04
Xiao Feng San12012-08-21

5 HTP  

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Posted by C (Ava, Mo) on 06/05/2016
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2 stars for 5 HTP. Oh I forgot the most important one!!! If your stomach is bloated and you have gas, it may be a sign of allergies of food, for example gluten or milk. If people eat what they are allergic to, it can cause severe insomnia. The very best recommendation is go on an elimination diet like I did and I started sleeping. When I mess up the diet, my sleep is bad.

Posted by Anon (Roanoke, Va) on 04/14/2013
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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.

Posted by Jp (Ottawa, On) on 02/16/2011
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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.

Posted by Lila (Kodiak, Ak) on 04/29/2010
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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!!!

Replied by Judy
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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.
Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nevada
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.
Replied by Tina
Houston, Usa
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

Replied by Baldev
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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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
Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
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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

Posted by Shino (Auckland, NZ) on 09/29/2008
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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!

Replied by Marcella
Moscow, Idaho
I would like to know at what time did you take the 5HTP and how many mg?
Replied by Shino
Auckland, New Zealand
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.

Posted by Stefanie (Minden, Louisiana) on 07/17/2008
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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 GABA  

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Posted by Juliette (Reston, Va) on 11/08/2012
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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.

5 HTP and Magnesium Citrate  

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Posted by Robin (Rural, VA) on 07/11/2008
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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.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

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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.


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Posted by Yasir (Stockton, CA) on 09/16/2007
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I found acidophilus to be very helpful with insomnia.

ACV, Baking Soda and Cayenne  

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Posted by Clayton (Willamina, Oregon, USA) on 12/05/2007
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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.

Replied by Christie
Charlotte, Nc
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?

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
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).
Replied by Butterfly
Greenfield, Ma
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
Replied by Myra
Oc, CA
Dear butterfly, I think you are experiencing candida kill. Look up candida in earthclinic. Fortify your system by taking the supplements recommended to help during the candida kill process. I too have candida and am reading and following the recommended process. God bless you and keep you!

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Posted by James Wallace (Seattle , Washington) on 05/19/2007
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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.

Replied by One2die4
Washington, DC
What brand have you used for L-arginine and L-glutamine.or doesn't matter.
Replied by Wing Sum
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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.

thank you
Replied by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa
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.
Replied by Rosali
Mumbai, India
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.

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Posted by Alan (Mexico) on 03/02/2015
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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
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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.

Replied by Cathy
Picayune, Ms
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.

Posted by Michelle (Winfield, Kansas, USA) on 09/23/2007
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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
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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.

Replied by Stuart
Fresno, California USA
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.
Replied by Kaybe
Bristol, TN
I get constipated with vinegar also...and I only use Organic, with "the Mother".
Replied by Nicole
Seattle, Wa
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.