Bach Flower Remedies for Sleep: Natural Remedies for Insomnia
Do you suffer from insomnia, restlessness, nightmares or an overactive mind that make it difficult for you to get a good night's sleep? If so, natural sleep remedies may be able to help. There are many different herbal remedies and Bach flower remedies is one that can be helpful for sleep. There are 38 different remedies in the Bach Flower Remedies range, and each one is designed to help with a specific emotional problem. In this blog post, we will discuss nine of the most popular Bach flower remedies for sleep and how they can help you get the rest you need.
Insomnia and natural sleep remedies
Are you struggling to fall asleep, or do you wake up with your mind racing? Sleep is essential for the human body for mental and physical health, so if insomnia is affecting your ability to function during the day, it's important that you take steps to address it and natural sleep remedies can help. Sleep quality is also important as poor sleep that is restless and lacks enough deep sleep can be as detrimental as not enough sleep. Bach flower remedies can help restlessness by working to alleviate stress, tension or anxiety. They are natural herbal remedies that are designed to provide emotional support when we experience negative feelings such as stress or anxiety. They work by balancing negative emotions and promoting positive thoughts, helping us feel more balanced emotionally - which in turn helps us get a better night's sleep.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects people of all ages and can cause trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting restful sleep. It is the most common sleep disorder and can be caused by many different factors including stress, anxiety, pain, medications, lifestyle choices, and health conditions. Insomnia can make it difficult to function during the day and can lead to problems such as daytime fatigue, irritability, decreased productivity, and an increased risk for accidents.
If you are experiencing insomnia symptoms on a regular basis, it's important to seek help from a healthcare professional in order to find a chronic insomnia treatment that works for you. There are many different treatments available for insomnia including prescription drugs, natural sleep aids like Bach flower remedies, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Different types of herbal remedies for sleep
There are lots of natural sleep remedies available, but not all of them work in the same way. For example, some natural remedies for sleep include ingredients that help you feel physically more tired (like lavender oil or valerian root), while other natural sleep aids don't have any sedative effects at all and instead support mental relaxation (like Bach flower essences).
Bach flowers are a natural sleep remedy that can be used as an alternative to prescription sleep aids because they promote positive, balanced feelings rather than making your body feel sleepy. They are non drowsy, non habit forming and can be used alongside any existing medication.
What is the root cause of your sleep issues?
From an emotional perspective, there are many reasons why someone might be having issues with sleep including...
- Overactive mind
To name a few...
How do Bach flower remedies for sleep work?
Bach Flower Remedies are natural herbal products that help to promote positive, balanced emotions. They work by targeting the root emotional cause of problems such as stress or anxiety, instead of just treating the symptoms. When we experience negative emotions such as stress or anxiety, it can be difficult to get a good night's sleep. The Bach flower remedies work by balancing these negative emotions and promoting positive thoughts, helping us feel more relaxed and at ease - which in turn helps us get a better night's sleep.
Which Bach flower remedies are helpful for sleep?
There are nine different Bach flower remedies that can be helpful for people who have difficulty sleeping or generally feel exhausted: Agrimony, Aspen, Impatiens, Olive, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose, Rock Water, Vervain and White Chestnut.
Each one of these natural remedies is designed to help with a specific emotional problem that may be causing your insomnia. For example, if you find it hard to sleep because you're worried about your loved ones then taking Red Chestnut will help ease those worries so that you can get some rest; whereas if the problem is an overactive mind you would look to take White Chestnut.
Here we'll explore the most common reasons for sleeplessness or insomnia and suggest the best Bach sleep remedy for each.
At Mindful Remedies we only sell personalised flower remedies so if there's any you think sound like they resonate with you, pop over to our sleep page and create your own personalised remedy.
This is one of the most common reasons for sleep difficulties and insomnia and White Chestnut is the best Bach flower remedy for an overactive mind.
White Chestnut types struggle to switch off mind and have repetitive thoughts going round in their mind non stop. Perhaps you replay things in your mind from the day and think about how you could have done things differently. Or you might be worrying non stop about something and just can't let your brain relax. These non-stop mental arguments leave you sleepless and exhausted. White Chestnut can help you control these thoughts a bit better and provide a sense of calm.
Anxiety & Worry
Anxiety can have a big impact on your nervous system and living in a constant state of fight or flight can flood your nervous system with cortisol and adrenaline, making it difficult to sleep. In addition, anxiety can leave you lying in bed anxiously worrying about something, unable to turn your brain off (see White Chestnut above.) Below are some flower remedies that can support anxiety or worry.
Are you having trouble sleeping because you're worrying about your loved ones? Perhaps you're very overprotective of your family and are lying awake worrying about them. This remedy will help you to see things in perspective and regain a sense of calm.
Aspen is the remedy for anxiety or fear about nothing specific. You feel on edge but you can't say why, quite often accompanied by physical sensation of fear such as trembling, sweating or butterflies in the stomach, but you have no known cause as to why this is. It can often be quite a creepy sense of fear as if feeling bewitched and your imagination can run amok. This can quite often coincide with nightmares with the person waking up in a panic, not daring to go back to sleep again. See below.
Mimulus is the flower remedy for a fear of known things e.g. health anxieties, worry about money. Although not typically thought of as a sleep remedy, if this is keeping you awake at night this might be one to try.
Agrimony types appear outwardly to be happy-go-lucky and always put a brave face on any worries. However underneath this jovial exterior, lies some inner turbulence and restlessness. Outwardly they project a certain portrait to the world but secretly they are battling some inner issues. These people hate being alone and like to constantly be on the go to avoid having to face their inner thoughts. Hence, when it comes to nighttime, these thoughts can rise to the surface when they are alone and faced with reality, which can lead to sleepless nights or an inability to fall asleep. This crosses over to the restlessness and tension remedies below...
Tension, Stress & Restlessness
Stress during the day can leave you feeling wound up, uptight or irritated by bedtime, often making it difficult to get to sleep as you lie awake thinking.
Vervain is for those who are so enthusiastic they don't allow themselves to rest. Their mind is always on and they take on too much which can lead them to feeling stressed. This constant mental activity can lead to sleeplessness, tension and exhaustion. These people often have firm principles and are incensed by injustice so if you're lying awake stewing about something that you feel is unjust or just so overly excited about something you can't rest, give Vervain a try.
Rock Water helps people who are very strict with themselves or others, and have very high expectations of how they or others should behave. They are overly disciplined with themselves and deny themselves enjoyable things due to their high standards. This natural sleep aid helps you to feel less uptight, so that you can relax and get a good night's rest.
Do you get easily irritated and annoyed particularly with the slow pace of people or things? These people again have an active mind and are restless which can lead to them feeling wound up, tension and exhaustion.
Need help with grinding your teeth?
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, look at the above remedies for tension and see if any of these relate to you. If you grind your teeth during your sleep, tension or stress is often the cause and if you can reduce stress, the teeth grinding will often stop too. Bach flowers are natural remedies for teeth grinding that are a safe, affordable and easy way to protect your teeth, getting to the root cause of the issue rather than just using a mouth guard.
Nightmares can be stressful for a person and leave you feeling both emotionally and physically drained as well as affecting your sleep quality. In addition to Aspen mentioned above, consider Rock Rose
Rock Rose is the flower remedy for panic or terror which can occur during the day time or can be associated with nightmares at nighttime. These suddenly escalating fears can leave a person unable to cope. These fears may not always seem rational but they are very real to that person at that time. As well as nightmares, they can be supportive for panic attacks.
Over-exhaustion (due to lack of sleep)
If you have had a long period lacking sleep which has left you feeling depleted physically, try Olive.
Olive the flower remedy for complete physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion. You have been through a long period of great strain and now feel you've reached the last straw. Your body has no more to give. This remedy will help your body feel restored, energised and nourished.
How to improve sleep quality with better habits
As well as looking at herbal supplements and sleep medicine, you should also look at better sleep hygiene to help promote sleep and get a good night's rest.
- Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation that enhance relaxation
- Turning screens off an hour before bed - blue light impact's the body's ability to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone.
- Ensuring the room is an ideal temperature so your body temperature can lower itself a couple of degrees and help you fall asleep and get a restful sleep. Research shows that the temperature in the bedroom should be around 16-18°C to promote sleep.
- Having a normal sleep cycle and regular sleep and wake patterns which helps your body get into a natural sleep wake cycle.
- Some foods have been found that tart cherry juice can help sleep. Tart cherry juice has been shown to improve and enhance sleep. The beneficial impact of tart cherry juice on sleep is most likely due to tryptophan and melatonin.
If you're still experiencing sleep problems after a long period of time, seek advice from your GP or a sleep expert.
Interested to try Bach flower remedies for sleep?
Bach sleep remedies are natural remedies to help treat insomnia and gain a better night's rest if you're having trouble sleeping. They are non drowsy, non habit forming and there are no drug interactions so can be trialled as part of a complementary integrative health programme.
Our sleeping difficulties page includes all the individual flower essences above and you can custom make your own remedy based on your emotions. At Mindful Remedies we only believe in a personalised approach as everyone is an individual and their healthcare and natural remedies should be tailored as such.