If you are having trouble falling asleep, you do not want to use pills as an aid. Most of these pills do work, but they come with unpleasant side effects. Pills admit a fake sleep and do not allow the body progress through the various and necessary stages of sleep. If you want to use natural methods to cure insomnia, here are three that may help you.

The first involves blocking out any light or sound that is coming into your bedroom. These two factors tend to make it very difficult to fall sleep. Noise inside the home, a television playing or loud music, even loud snoring can greatly affect your ability to fall sleep. One way to help block out noise is to use ear plugs. There are various types made out of foam, silicone or plastic. Another way to block out noise is with white noise. White noise is a combination of all frequencies of sound and for this reason it can help block out other distracting noises. Light can keep us awake because it triggers the body's natural reaction to stay awake. If light is present, getting into the deeper levels of sleep will be very difficult, if not impossible. In order to block out light, try using a set of opaque curtains. They are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors and designs.

Another method to cure insomnia is to prepare your mind and body for sleep. Around an hour, before you want to go to sleep, do things that will relax you and alleviate stress. Perhaps you can read poetry or listen to soothing music. There are some great videos on YouTube. Some have white noise, the sound of rain, the possibilities are endless. Just choose what soothes you most. Try to avoid stimulating drinks like caffeine or a heavy meal before bed. Television shows or movies that will simplify your mind should also be avoided. Take a relaxing bath and practice breathing exercises. You will be amazed how these help you in your efforts to fall sleep.

The last and often overlooked cure for insomnia is to drink milk. Yes, the old wives tale about drinking milk is true. Milk contains one of the 10 essential amino acids called tryptophan. Tryptophan is the precursor for other hormones in the body related to relaxation, restfulness, and sleep. Serotonin levels are raised by tryptophan, and the hormone serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps us regulate sleep patterns (mood and appetite levels are also regulated). Serotonin is dubbed “the happy hormone” for these reasons. Tryptophan also helps produce melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate our sleep cycles. Although it takes some time for tryptophan to reach the brain and be released, the calcium in milk enhances the process. For those of you with sensitivity to cow's milk, do not despair. Soy milk is a viable alternative to cow's milk.