Be aware of teas that are caffeinated... (I know chamomile is not supposed to be.)
The sleep aid that has worked for me is time-release melatonin. It doesn't work for everybody, but it seemed to help when I woke up in the night--to get back to sleep easier. I don't use it every night, but when I do it seems to help.
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The only thing that I do at night is play games on Facebook and watch a couple of nighttime television programs. I think I will try the peppermint tea and another Sleepless Sparker suggested the warm milk. That may be a few calories but I would gladly work that in because it reminds me of my childhood. People were frantic to get me to sleep then to. Thank you for your comment.
Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I will try the peppermint tea also. You know I did not even think of the warm milk. Now that is a very pleasant memory from childhood. That will be even better then the tea.
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4/14/14 2:00 P
I had this not sleeping all the night problem back when I was going through menopause, tried chamomile tea, but it bothered my stomach something awful. Peppermint tea also bothered my stomach. Drank cheap tea with orange or lemon, tasted good, but really can't say that it did a thing, but it can't hurt. One thing that seems to help the most is warmed up milk, and we only have fat free milk in the house, anyway. About one cup, half hour before bedtime. I also go sleep in another room now and then, when husband's snoring like a freight train keeps me awake, or someone is sick and coughing all night. Try the warm milk. There are all kinds of rules out there, trouble with most of them, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. No ONE thing made a difference forever. Once I got out of the menopause thing, it got a lot better.
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4/14/14 11:24 A
I've tried chamomile tea, but prefer peppermint. Studies have shown that drinking herbal tea before going to bed can help a person relax. Have you been under any unusual stress recently ? Stress can reek havoc with a person's sleep. So, if you're stressed out, sipping herbal tea before bed might help. It really depends on what is causing your poor night's rest.
Do you watch TV before bed ? Do you use your smart phone ? If so, put these things away. they are visual stimuli that keeps a person awake. Try reading a book instead. Reading can help people relax and fall asleep.
I drink a lot of tea and I do find peppermint tea relaxing. Does it help me sleep ? When I'm relaxed, I sleep better.
I've tried pretty much every natural sleep aid out there and nothing works very well for me - I don't have a problem getting to sleep; my problem is staying asleep - I'm awake at about 3 am almost every night (of course part of my issue is the freight train, aka husband, that sleeps next to me!!!). That being said, everyone is different and chamomile tea certainly won't hurt you so it's worth giving it a try. Good luck - not sleeping sucks!
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