There are many natural remedies on the market to help with sleeping problems. Many sleep problems in children can result from digestive discomfort or food allergies. These can be serious problems, that should be addressed through proper diet and nutrition. A very different issue.
I am talking about mild sleep issues. Like mine for instance. I am a night owl, and if I am not careful, I can get too overstimulated at night and then I have trouble falling asleep. I have no problem staying asleep~ just falling asleep. I have used all sorts of things to help me fall asleep. Some have been more successful than others. Some medicines have been stronger than others, but my preference is mild therapies. Many members of my extended family take melatonin or tylenol pm to sleep at night. It is just normal for my mom to tell me to go pop in a tylenol pm. Now I stopped taking Tylenol/ Advil about 4 years ago and have maybe had it (4 times in the last 4 years). I am serious about not taking pharmaceuticals that may help a present symptom, but that cause lasting damage to your kidneys, liver, or other organs. I have suffered enough issues w/ my liver and kidneys to know better. Melatonin is a great choice, but a little strong for me. I can tell a difference in my mood the next morning. I will take this in case of an emergency, but there are gentler remedies on the market that help me fall asleep.
~Chamomile tea: I will do this in the winter, harder for me to drink herbal teas in the hot florida heat.
~Arnica 30 C: great for jet lag from flying
~Valerian root: I use this on my kids sometimes, very gentle and calming
~Meditation/ Relaxation: I could definetly do more of this.
My present sleep aid: Skullcap
Here are a few benefits:
~greatly reduces your anxiety levels and helps you get a good nights sleep
~used for thousands of years because of it’s effectiveness for treating many ailments
~sleep aid and a mild sedative
~it has similar properties as valerian root
~widely used herb used for calming down people who are nervous
~it has the ability to relax the nervous system
~it’s a great remedy for stress and anxiety
~it eases muscle spasms, muscle twitching and may help in ailments that involve involuntary limb movement, such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy
~reduces tension and can be used to induce sleep
~improves the blood flow to the brain and may make it a useful treatment for ADHD
I love this sleeping remedy because I have no weird side affects the next day. No tiredness or moodiness, which can result from other sleeping medicines. It also helps relax my Type A personality. This herb is widely used all over Europe. If you have a child with mild sleep issues, that is willing to swallow capsules, this may be worth a try.
Happy Sleeping, Happy Momma.
~Green Boot Girl
Remember, these are suggestions not medical advice. Disclaimer.