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Natural Cure for Insomnia

Last Modified on Oct 01, 2014

Oat Straw Tea   1  0   

Posted by 1947hoppy (Star City, Indiana) on 02/27/2013

[YEA]  I am new to the site and I must say that I am impressed. I enjoy reading what real people have to say about treating their ailments, and what they treat them with. It's been educational. There is one thing that I looked for here that I didn't find was OAT STRAW TEA. I've done a lot of reading about it in other places, and even saw a segment about it on a television show. I was impressed enought that I got some to try out. It is said to be good for a number of ailments from high cholesterol to increasing your libido. I have been using it for a short time. When the coffee pot is empty (my only vice) I make up a tea bag and let it steep. I really don't know yet what it might be doing for my cholesterol, but it does seem to be aiding in a good nights sleep.

Oil Pulling With Safflower Oil   2  0   

Posted by Winnie (washington, dc) on 01/08/2008

[YEA]  I stumbled on your site when searching for side effects for coconut oil. I took coconut oil for about 4 weeks and gained about 10 pounds, I was really hoping for the reverse; anyway I found your site and a lot of good information. I started oil pulling the very day I read about it, I have tried with extra virg. olive oil, sunflower, I didn't notice any real change after just one try. then I tried Safflower oil, did it in the morning just after brushing, then I felt sleepy, I decided to lay down on the couch, and slept for 3 hours; I didn't make a connection then until this morning I tried safflower oil again, same reaction. I slept so soundly, good thing I had the day off today. I'll try it again tonite, looking forward to a great night's sleep. I took 1TBSP for 20 mins. So if someone out there has problem sleeping, this might work for you. TED, whoever you are, I wish you radiant health and prosperity. Your kindness and generousity is written all over your words. Thank you.

Posted by Sammygirl
Park Hills, Missouri
[YEA]   I have trouble sleeping, I have been watching Dr. Oz and talking about belly fat blasters so have been taking safflower for that. My husband and I both were taking them in the morning and I was falling back asleep and he was getting super sleepy during his drive to work. We left the safflower out because I had remembered reading somewhere that safflower can be beneficial for insomnia, so we stopped taking in the the morning and were fine. Now I take them at night and works way better than melatonin!

Omega-3   1  1   

Posted by SK (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California) on 09/11/2009

[YEA]  In July I started having a terrible time falling asleep at night. Insomnia, night-time terrors, anxiety, whatever you want to call it, I had it. The minute I lay down, my mind took off on a rampage. I had watch tv until 3 or 4 am, when I finally felt exhausted enough to sleep, albeit erratically, waking up every few minutes. I was drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, but I have been doing that for 20 years now and it has never affected my ability to sleep.

I started researching the net and tried many supplements that people on this site and other sites were recommending like valerian root, sleepy time tea, lobelia, magnesium, b stress. Nothing had any effect. Then I read on this site about Cod liver oil helping someone with insomnia and realized that the only supplement I wasn't taking was an omega 3. I immediately bought cod liver oil at the health food store and took one capsule a day for a week. Unfortunately, I still could not sleep. Luckily my intuition kept telling me to research omega 3 deficiencies further, so I went hunting for more information on the net. I started reading customer reviews of omega 3 on a site and saw that the most popular brand of Omega 3 had much more EPA and DHA than the Cod liver oil I was taking. 400 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA per fish oil concentrate capsule versus 90 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA for the cod liver oil. I bought the higher dosage omega and started taking 1 capsule 3 times a day before eating. I also stopped drinking my one cup of coffee in the morning. Overnight, I kid you not, my night terrors went away and I was able to get 9 straight hours of deep sleep. It's been over a week now and I am sleeping well. What an amazing relief this is. Not being able to sleep was affecting my work and my marriage. I have such sympathy for those with insomnia issues. You become desperate when you can't get a good night's sleep. It is sheer hell. I read that Michael Jackson also suffered from insomnia and that it tormented him so much that he had to take that drug. Poor man, but I get it now.

Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Sp
Murfreesboro, Tn
[NAY]   Hi SK, I tried the expensive omega which has 380 mg EPA and 510 mg DHA for about a week now, I did not notice any change on my sleeping pattern. I take a total of 3,000 -4,000 mg a day of omega, still I'm not sleeping any better. I will keep taking it for other health benefits.

I have postpartum insomnia for about 4 months now. I have tried just about everything, they work temporarily, and then I had to switch to something else. Still searching.

Onion by the Bedstand   1  0   

Posted by Rich (Las Vegas, NV)

[YEA]  Cut an onion in half and place it by your nightstand. You will sleep like a baby. My mother did this for years.

Potassium Iodine, Magnetic Pillow   1  0   

Posted by Laurin (KC, MO) on 09/18/2007

[YEA]  I am writing to say thanks to Ted who wrote me saying that my problem was probably a calcified pineal gland. I have searched for answers to my insomnia for years spent thousands of dollars for both traditional medical and alternative help and only Ted helped me!!!! I know God allowed me to find this answer through him and I want to say thanks to God, earthclinic and many many blessings to TED! After Ted posted the probable cause, I eliminated ALL fluoride from my life (water, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.). It is shocking how much of this poison has been put into our products as it is present even in health food store brands. I was already applying Potassium Iodine externally (since I developed an iodine allergy, this is only way I have been able to take it.) I also got a magnetic pillow pad which helps sleep but is also said to help the body detox. Now months later I went out into the bright light and did not enter that hyper alert state. Although I also tried the lime juice and ACV drink, I was not faithful but fortunately what I did was enough. To Ted and earthclinic, you are helping many people and offer a great service to mankind. Thanks again and blessings.

Prayer, Ocean Sounds, Phone Ringer Off!   1  0   

Posted by Mo (Rockville, CT) on 12/30/2007

[YEA]  I am a light sleeper and it shows on my face! (dark circles, deep creases, etc). So...In addition to prayer, I started turning my telephone ringer off (I figure God will wake me if something is really wrong). Also, I recently tried sleeping with ocean sounds playing on my clock radio. I love it! I am sleeping better, but am looking for a really deep sleep...any ideas?

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Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 09/02/2012

I just received this video and thought I should share it. This is an amazing video of Dr. Christy Weston speaking on why so many people have difficulty sleeping through the night. It's extremely informative and helpful in understanding what is going on.

Here's the link:

She also talks about the importance of earthing. I use earthing pads in my bed and also when I'm in front of my computer.

Here's to health, Lisa

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Posted by Gertieal (Al) on 05/20/2014

Multiple female issues: I am hoping for a response from Ted from Thailand, but anyone else-feel free. I have several issues. My major concern is insomnia. I take Ca, 1500 mg, Mg 500 mg, L Glutamine 500 mg, Taurine, 500 mg, Glycine 1000 mg, 5 htp 100 mg, Niacinamide 500 mg and melatonin, 2 mg. Still no sleep, although I get a wave of sleepiness after an hour. I also have ibs with chronic diarrhea and take a prescr med for it that helps about 50%, so then I take immodium. Please, don't suggest charcoal caps--I have 20+ trips to the bathroom on a bad morning and have taken 6 immodium jsut to slow it down. Simple remedies don't work for it. I drink goat milk kefir that I make myself for this, but after a year I don't see any change. I also have vaginal issues--feels like ground glass in there. I take 1500 mg epo every morning for that, plus I use an estrogen cream topically. Helps, but not all the way. I also take wholefood multivitamin, zinc, selenium yeast, d3, b12 and eat only food I prepare, mostly raw. Please suggest what I can do to get some sleep. My mind runs on for hours. When I do get to sleep, it's usually 2 am and I have to get up at 5. Even when I sleep, it's just under the surface and any creak in the house wakes me up. The room is totally darkness and I dont' have screen time after 5 pm, tend to sit on the porch inthe evening and read til too dark. I work in the yard /garden. Please help me.

Posted by Steve
Nevada, US
102 Posts
It's anxiety that's keeping you awake, try EFT emotional freedom techniques for all the things that are bothering you. Lots of free youtube videos on EFT for insomnia.

Peace, Steve

Posted by Carly
Google "L-Theanine". Makes you sleep like a baby when taken with Magnesium.

Good luck.

Posted by Nativender ( North Dakota) on 03/24/2014

I had a invasive surgery on my abdomen two weeks ago. Starting day 5 post op I have not been able to fall asleep naturally or with medications. I have used melatonin in the past with no success. I have never had this problem before. Any suggestions?

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
474 Posts
Hello Nativender;

Re; sleep disorder after surgery

Just a suggestion after seeing some issues that enzymes helped me with lately...

I am an advocate of papaya. Even the seeds are edible. The enzymes and other nutrients of papaya are just remarkable. It was called by the Islanders "Food of the Angles" because of its many benefits.

The papaya I even mix with real Greek yogurt and the two seem to give me increased digestive ability...even overcoming lactic problems which would normally stop me from eating too much yogurt.

The papaya will act as a cleanse to your system if you eat first thing in the morning. You can get them year round...two types; the very large are good and the ones the size of a large pear. I eat some of the seeds with the fruit considering the two together as a whole food. The seeds are peppery so most folks can only tolerate a few; I have become accustomed to the taste and can take two or three spoonful's at a time WITH the fruit.

The combo could help cleanse the system and allow you to reboot so to speak. Worth trying four or five of them over a period of a week to see the effect. Papaya is a calmer, a cleanser, a digestive aid and on and on. Just google "Papaya benefits" and read about this most fantastic food.

I sleep better when taking some papaya daily.

Posted by Mary
Boston, Usa
I think it is related to the anesthesia used for your procedure. Are you taking magnesium? If not, try that. I would also try to workouts that make you sweat or an infrared sauna to eliminate the toxins. Distilled water might help too for a few days.
Posted by Mary
Boston, Usa
I think it is related to the anesthesia used for your procedure. Are you taking magnesium? If not, try that. I would also try to workouts that make you sweat or an infrared sauna to eliminate the toxins. Distilled water might help too for a few days.

Posted by Tina (Croatia) on 02/04/2014

I am 23 years old girl from Croatia.I am suffering from insomnia for 5 years.I tried everithing to sleep but nothing helps me.I am extremely tired and I have problems with my concentration.In the beginning I didn't sleep at all for 2 weeks and now I sleep 2 days a week if I am lucky. Doctors from Croatia dont have solution for my problem.They give me tablets.I had very bad side effects from them. I was drinking them for 4 years I don't drink them for about 1 year.I sent Ted two emails but he didn't respond.

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1295 Posts
Tina: Here are some cleansing remedies that might help you. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Oil Of Oregeno

Milled Flax Seed.

Melatonin 3mg before retiring.

Try all of these and please report back here w/ your results.

Posted by Karen
Randolph, Nj
6 Posts
This is long, but very informative: Dr. Stasha Gominak on You Tube
Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
266 Posts
GABA can quiet a busy brain. Taurine helps also.

L-Theanine or magnesium (use magnesium glycinate) helps calm you.

Posted by Jannah (Blackburn, Lancashire, England) on 11/09/2012

Hi! I have a daughter she is 14 years old, she have a problem with her sleep, she told me that her eyes and body feel tired but her mind cant switch off. I have tried giving her calming teas, hot chocolate and have tried with castor oil before sleeping but she goes to sleeping in the early part of the night and awake thereafter again fall asleep when time to go to school near. She become very moody and annoyed with every little things, please help as this will surely disturb her quality of life and school as well.

Posted by Juliette
18 Posts
Wow... A lot of people struggling with insomnia this time of year! I consider myself an expert on the subject ;) It could be hormonal due to her age. but like I told the other posters I think that 5htp and GABA are life savers as far as insomnia and irritability goes.

Also youtube guided meditations for sleep and delta binaural beats :) binaural beats are soo interesting and really work!

A magnesium supplement at night could really be helpful... Useful for a lot of things, very calming and relaxing.

She could also be vitamin D deficient... I found out I was and we probably could all use a Vitamin D supplement in the winter!

Good luck!!!

Posted by Anon
Hi, try limiting stimulating stuff like computers/ laptops/ electronic games / homework at bedtime. Have a regular relaxation time every night - say 9pm when every night she can relax and chill for a while before bed- watch disgracting tv programme/DVD she loves... Or read. I have a busy 14 year old and this helps as does a relaxing bath with magnesium Epsom salts in it. The magnesium balances out the calcium levels. No stimulating food/ drink near bedtime- no coffee at all or tea no colas or caffeine drinks or strong chocolate. Only food thats easily digestable like bananas at bedtime.. 14 year olds either eat loads or restrict their food so check shes not hungry! Camomile tea is great but it's an acquired taste. Have a chat at some point to check she's not stressed about something. Lavender smells in bedroom can be relaxing. If I can't sleep I do reiki which works every time for me- but if you've not been taught that maybe listening to relaxing music with ear plugs may help and meditation tape may help..

Posted by Jennycee (Wimbledon, London, U.k.) on 11/09/2012

I developed insomnia when pregnant - she is now 29!!! IT cured itself but came back when she was teething. It is now the worst it has ever been - 3-4 weeks now with only 1 natural night's sleep. I have tried acupuncture (V expensive) didn't work, hypnosis (I fell asleep in the chair but not in bed), CBT which I swear has made it far worse than ever, prescribed drugs and over the counter remedies. My GP gave me a course of melatonin and that didn't work.

I am officially desperate but would prefer natural remedies - so can you please help? Thanking you in advance, Jennycee

Posted by Juliette
18 Posts
insomnia is the worst! I told someone that recently posted about insomnia how helpful 5htp and GABA supplements were to me. Ive struggled with insomnia for about 10 years and taking that for 2 weeks really helped turn things around. The book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross should be an insomniacs bible! I would take 5htp late in the afternoon and GABA and 5htp before bed. They both really chill you out, feels like a xanax but its actually healing your brain and eventually you dont need it anymore!

You could also try youtubing guided meditations for sleep, or youtube delta binaural beats before bed... Really powerful stuff!

Good luck! Sending you love :)

Posted by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
Ashwagandha can calm your mind and give a good night sleep. You can buy ashwagandha capsules in natural health stores and start with half of the dosage mentioned in the bottle.

Ashwagandha is one of the ingredient in Chyawanprash - a jam like herbal food produced in India. You can take 1 tsp of chyawanprash daily night with milk. Chywanprash contains variety of herbs for the complete health of the body.

Milk Kefir is rich in serotonin which keeps you calm and will give a nice sleep.

Caution - Avoid soya milk or soya products (Fermented is Ok)

Soya is a Tryptophan Inhibitor and a goitrogen, which causes a big havoc to the whole body.

Good Health

Posted by Kathi
New Brunswick, Nj
so sorry to hear you are having such problems. I had a similar issue with sleep 5yrs ago and a key to resolving the problem was remediating my vitamin D deficiency. Cognitive behavioral therapy also helped--in short keep regular sleeping schedule, both bedtime and wakeup, sleep in a completely dark room or wear sleep mask, wear ear plugs if noise is an issue. In daytime eating and at least modest exercise (eg walk around the block) on a regular schedule. magnesium citrate at bedtime helps too.

you can read my earlier post here:

Posted by Amythest
Salmon Arm, B.c.
I hope you find an answer to your sleep dilemma, we all really need to sleep to feel normal. I have been having insomnia myself for a few years and even went to the Dr to get help for this and she recommended to cut back on coffee get some exercise every day (but did not prescribe a sleeping pill). Although this helps to some degree it has not always done it for me. So what I found works is 1/2 to 1 travel tablet before bed, which works when nothing else does and alternatively I have been taking a 500 mg of Magnesium that works well for me too. But be prepared to be near a bathroom in the morning as it can give you loose stool.

Posted by Oviaso (Davie, Florida, Usa) on 09/12/2012

I need Ted to help me with the solution for this problem. I wake up every night after 3 hours of sleep and cannot go back to sleep. I feel very tired and worn out the next day and cannot function. What can I do to solve this problem? Thanks, Oviaso

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Oviaso, You haven't said anything about your lifestyle, diet, body condition, etc. That information could be very important regarding why you can't sleep. Best to you, Lisa
Posted by Juliette
Reston, Va
18 Posts
Hello! Sorry to hear your having trouble sleeping. Ive struggled with insomnia or just not getting enough sleep for years. What really ended up changing EVERYTHING for me was taking GABA and 5htp before bed. The book the Mood Cure by Julia Ross was very helpful. Melatonin works for some people, as does magnesium, valerian... You just kinda go by trial and error till you get the thing that works! Just dont give up! If I had caved in and went to a get on a sleeping pill I wouldnt of stumbled upon the mood cure and started taking amino acids that can actually heal my brain instead of just masking the symptoms... Good luck!!
Posted by Bonnie
Arcadia, Fla
Been reading about several people with sleep difficulties. After nursing and losing my brother to cancer, sleep wasn't happening except in one hour intervals. A little research later I started taking 200 mg L-theanine and 50 mg DHEA daily. They seem to control cortisol levels. It did the trick. Side benefit; I lost 20 lbs and six inches of belly fat. Sure is nice to sleep through. Bonnie
Posted by Gail
Melbourne, Australia
Bonnie, I am going to try your remedy for sleeplessness, & I certainly could do with losing belly fat, could you please tell me how long before you noticed your belly disappearing

Many thanks, gail

Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
215 Posts
Hi Oviaso, I am not Ted but I have put together a few things he has talked about on the site to help me with my sleep issue and it is already making a difference. Supplement these at bedtime:

Melatonin, Amino acids (I use glutamine, taurine, carnitine, carnosine, glycine and tyrosine, but whatever mix or separates you choose), DHEA, plus an alkalizing remedy such as Ted's lemon/baking soda/water drink.

Also at bedtime, try lavender oil either in a spray or lotion near your chest or nose, and magnesium oil (magnesium chloride) - I use that on my legs, but wherever you prefer.

Posted by Oviaso (Davie, Florida, Usa) on 08/30/2012

I need help with my sleep problem. I have no problem falling asleep but I wake up after about 3 hours of sleep and cannot to go back to sleep. This is has been going on for two years. I will appreciate it if Ted can tell me what to do. Thanks.

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Oviaso, I spent a few years like this myself so I know how frustrating it can be not to mention exhausting. What finally worked for me was using Chinese herbs on a regular basis. It's been amazing. I sleep like a baby now and all the way through the night. Not too long ago, I was doing a few posts regarding Chinese herbs and how powerful they are. Two EC readers decided to go forward and use them as well but I have yet to hear how they're doing. I will give you the link to the place I highly recommend or you can look for someone locally who's schooled in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Here's the link:

Look under My Favorite Chinese Herbs. Hope this helps, Lisa

Posted by Bradshad (North Providence, Rhode Island) on 08/30/2012

Dear sleepless nights, not long ago a holistic doctor told me that the liver detoxes itself between 1am and 5am. If you are waking up and not making it thru the night she told me odds are the liver needs to be cleansed with herbs and a healthy diet. When I was doing what she said it was working quite well. Try liver cleanse. Good luck Brad

Posted by Alex
Riverside Ca. U.s.
Does anyone know what I can do for insomnia? The doctor gave me prescription medication for sleep but I read that it can cause cancer? I would like to take or use something more natural for insomnia. I feel terrible due to only a few hours sleep each night. Thanks!
Posted by Gert
I'm in the same boat. I take 5 mg ambien, but it makes you lose your memory so I try not to if I can help it. Read through the posts on insomnia and you will get lots of suggestions. I take a calcium/magnesium tab at bedtime + taurine + glycine + 1 mg melatonin + 5 htp (makes me real loose) + 1 tablet of benadryl. This causes a fitful sleep and sometimes I get weird dreams. I will doze off and on for several hours before I settle down to real sleep and even then it is not particularly restful but it sure beats no sleep at all. These supplements work fantastic if I have a migraine and add 50 mg imitrex--then I sleep like a log! Good luck. As a female in my 50's, most of my issue is due to hormones (lack of). Many people will make suggestions, but here is one thing I found very helpful: keep a journal of what you took and how it worked. Some of these things can take a month before you really know if it worked, and I usually don't last that long. by referring to my notes, I can tell that X worked or Y worked but only because I had not slept the 2 nights before taking it.
Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Hello, Alex from Riverside, CA Ayurvedic remedy is before bed rub the soles of your feet vigorously with sesame oil.

European hydro therapy advises nightly water treading in a tall bucket of cold water, covering the calves as well for two minutes. Sitting in a tub with cold water reaching to the navel, two minutes. In each instance do not dry yourself but wrap up warm in socks or a full blanket and jump into bed. The foot bath draws the blood from the head down to the extremities and the sit in bath is very powerful correcting and preventing diseases, in addition to soothing the nervous system and bringing on sound sleep.


Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
266 Posts
i would look into the things below.

5-HTP, vitamin B6, GABA, and taurine quiets your “busy brain” so you can fall asleep easily.

Also L-theanine, niacinamide, and passion flower extract

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
266 Posts
I read somewhere that people who take prescription medications like ambien etc for sleep statistically have a 600% increase in death rate for some reason.
Posted by Sl
[YEA]   My Naturaopathi cDR has me take 2 holy basil about 1 hr before bed. It works. Try it. If that does not work add in 2 passion flower caps. It really does help.

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