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If you are like a majority of the population, you have trouble sleeping. Stress, poor diet, caffeine, and just plain genetics can disturb your sleeping patterns. Don’t try popping a sleeping pill until you’ve mastered these natural, homeopathic cures for insomnia.


Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, and author of the bestselling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! suggests almonds: “They contain magnesium which promotes both sleep and muscle relaxation. And they have the added benefit of supplying proteins that can help maintain a stable blood sugar level while sleeping, and help promote sleep by switching you from your alert adrenaline cycle to your rest-and-digest cycle.”


“Chamomile tea is a very helpful and safe sleep aid. Green tea contains theanine, which helps promote sleep. Just be sure you get a decaf green tea if drinking it at bedtime.”

Miso Soup

Stella Metsovas, CN, a nutritionist in Laguna Beach, California says that miso soup is the way to go because miso contains amino acids that may boost the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that can help induce the yawns.


Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, an internist and the author of Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves says: “Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax overstressed muscles. They also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones.”


“Calcium is effective in stress reduction and stabilization of nerve fibers, including those in the brain.”


Stephan Dorlandt, a clinical nutritionist based in Southern California explains: “Think about it. Oatmeal is warm,soft, soothing, easy to prepare, inexpensive and nourishing. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium—the who’s who of nutrients known to support sleep.”

Hard-Cooked Egg

Dr. Teitelbaum elucidates: “The problem with simple carbs is that they can put you on a ‘sugar roller coaster’ and drop your blood sugar while you’re sleeping, causing you to wake at 2 or 3 in the morning. Eat an egg, cheese, nuts or other protein-rich snack instead,” he says, “so you can not only fall asleep, but stay asleep.”


Dr. Dalton-Smith says that edamame can help with menopause-related symptoms: “The natural estrogen-like compounds found in soy-based products can be very beneficial in controlling those nighttime hot flashes that can disturb your sleep.”


Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Rochester found that cherries, particularly tart cherries, naturally boosted the body’s supply of melatonin, which helped people with insomnia.


“Complex carbohydrate–rich foods increase the availability of tryptophan in the bloodstream, increasing the sleep-inducing effects.”

  • What ways do you use to get to sleep? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Terri says:

    Just thought you might want to read this.

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