We all have experienced many sleepless nights looking at the ceiling without being able to close our eyes. Our mind wanders and, without even realizing it, the sun begins to crawl through the shutters. Many people are willing to try everything in order to fall asleep and eventually succumb to sleeping pills. Fortunately, there is another method, entirely natural, that can help you improve your sleep cycles.
Anxiety, depression and stress are the causes of insomnia and irregular sleep cycles. If your mind remains active and you keep thinking, you won’t fall asleep. Some medications can also cause insomnia, such as those intended to treat heart disease and blood pressure, etc. They can cause frequent trips to the bathroom or an anxiety that disrupts your rest. Addiction to your phone also disrupts the sleep.
In the long term, insomnia can cause serious health problems like type 2 diabetes. Indeed, a study presented at the American Diabetes Association Congress in Philadelphia, proved that people who suffer from insomnia have more risk to become diabetic or obese.
Here we offer you a tea recipe that will make you fall asleep fast when you go to bed.
This infused banana based remedy can help you fall asleep more easily. The skin of this fruit is rich in potassium and magnesium. But this last mineral helps prevent the problems of sleep and, the potassium, relaxes the muscles. Use an organic banana, as it will not contain pesticides.
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 saucepan of water
Preparation and consumption
Peel the banana and cut it in 1 inch pieces, and put it some boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Pour the water into a mug using a drip tray to filter. You can add a pinch of cinnamon for more efficiency. Drink this tea one hour before going to bed. You can also eat the boiled banana to increase the relaxing effects and sleep better.
Why are the sleeping pills bad?
They can provide you with short term relief but cannot help you in the long run. The majority of them are a specific type of medication that causes sleep to last. They are classified as hypnotic sedatives. These drugs are barbiturates and benzodiazepines (Valium and Xanax). They can be addictive and are mostly used to treat various anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness. They depress the central nervous system and are used as sedatives and pain killers.
They can cause side effects such as:
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering
- Uncontrollable tremors
- Stomach pain
- Parasomnias (disturbances of sleep which are manifested by odd dreams, disturbing visions, uncontrolled gestures …)
- Slow breathing (this can be dangerous, even fatal, if you suffer from lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma).