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Updated by Fusion 360 on Jun 11, 2014
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Best Natural Sleep Methods

Many people struggle to find out how to fall asleep fast. After all, not getting enough sleep can cause a wide range of problems from depression to obesity. There are plenty of products that claim to help you fall asleep fast, but several studies have found a variety of negative side effects from sleeping pills. Here are some natural sleeping aids that may help you.

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Exercise

Exercise

While exercising right before bed can give you too much of an adrenaline boost to fall asleep quickly, studies have found that people who exercise regularly during the day sleep better than those who don't.

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Cherry Juice

Cherry Juice

Cherry juice is a good drink choice for insomniacs because it contains melatonin, the same chemical your body produces to get ready for bed.

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Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil

Aromatherapy has become popular in treating a variety of ailments, and lavender-scented oil is the go-to oil for those looking for a more aromatic natural sleeping aid.

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Smartphone Apps

Smartphone Apps

Some smartphone apps, such as Sleep Genius, have been developed to play soft music and other sounds that help your body relax and gently fall asleep and get your body into a natural sleep cycle to awake refreshed.

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Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation

A relaxing yoga routine that gently stretches your body can help prepare you for bed. Follow up your routine with a few minutes of meditation, focusing on your breathing.

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Warm Baths

Warm Baths

Taking a warm bath shortly before bedtime can help your body prepare for sleep. The warm water raises your body temperature, and when your body cools down after getting out of the bath, this mimics your body's natural pre-sleep cycle and makes it easier to fall asleep.

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Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

Unlike coffee or other teas, herbal tea is caffeine-free. There are several teas specifically designed to help you fall asleep fast, such as chamomile or valerian.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Looking for a more adventurous natural sleeping aid? Getting poked with needles might give some people nightmares, but a University of Pittsburgh study found that acupuncture helped insomnia sufferers get more sleep after a few weeks' treatment.

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Writer

Writer

Kevin Johnson writes for Sleep Genius. He is a writer for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah.

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