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four ways to; get a better night's sleep without tablets.

1 CHAMOMILE One of the most popular natural alternatives to sleeping tablets is chamomile. This powerful plant can be made into all manner of things, one of the most popular being tea.

Chamomile is associated with a rise of the amino acid glycine, which helps relax muscles and nerves, while also acting as a light sedative. Try drinking a strong mug of chamomile tea close to your planned bedtime. Alternatively, you could buy chamomile oil. A couple of splashes on your pillow could also do the trick.

2 MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS Another alternative which is growing in popularity is meditation or mindfulness. There is now scientific evidence to show the many benefits of putting aside time before bed to practice either of these things. The University of California found that because of its ability to help slow our heart rate and reduce stress and anxiety, we can get better sleep as a result.

3 ACUPUNCTURE Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is the alternative therapy used to treat a number of emotional, mental and physical conditions. The process involves a practitioner inserting a number of fine needles into the skin in nerve targeting areas. There have been a number of clinical studies which have found auricular acupuncture (placing needles in various points of the ear) can help people sleep better.

4 EPSOM Salts If you enjoy a good soak in the tub, epsom salts could be for you. Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate, two things which are highly absorbable through the skin.

Once dissolved in your bath water, the salts can help promote a feeling of calm, relaxation and help reduce any stress or anxiety you might be feeling, which is a common cause of insomnia.

FOR more tips on helping you sleep see sleepypeople.com

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2016
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