Sip warm milk and honey
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Forget the glass of wine—winding down the day with a warm mug of milk and honey is one of the better natural sleep remedies. The secret is in the combination of tryptophan, an amino acid known to induce sleep, and carbohydrates, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Tryptophan increases the amount of serotonin, a hormone that works as a natural sedative, in the brain. Carbs, like honey, help transmit that hormone to your brain faster. If you’re hungry for a snack, a turkey sandwich will deliver that power-combo of tryptophan and carbohydrates; or try a banana with milk to get some vitamin B6, which helps convert tryptophan to serotonin. Looking for more delicious insomnia cures? Snack on these 16 foods that can help you sleep better.
Practice cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) usually focuses on discovering and changing the thoughts or feelings that trigger depression and stress but it can be a natural insomnia cure, too. This type of CBT is usually called CBT for Insomnia (CBT-i). Research has found that CBT can retrain your body and mind for faster, deeper sleep, according to a study published in the journal SLEEP. In an Annals of Internal Medicine meta-analysis, CBT-i proved effective in adults with chronic insomnia. You can practice CBT-i at home, too: Here’s everything you need to know about CBT and how it works.