We're big fans of natural insomnia treatments, but there are a lot of snake oil merchants out there hoping to take advantage of our sleep deprived desperation.
We've therefore decided to highlight a few natural insomnia remedies that scientific studies have shown to be effective at improving sleep.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown to lower cortisol levels and improve sleep quality significantly when practiced for at least eight weeks .
Lavender Oil Aromatherapy - one study found that three nights of aromatherapy for nine hours with lavender oil improved sleep quality in heart disease patients .
Tai Chi Exercise Sessions for those over the age of 65, three times per week for twelve weeks saw participants' Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index scores improve dramatically .
Acupuncture - three sessions within two weeks saw sleep quality improvements amongst postmenopausal breast cancer survivors .
Reflexology. One study found that participants who received therapeutic massage sessions twice a week enjoyed improved Insomnia Severity Index scores . Another study found that foot reflexology in particular may improve sleep .
Vitamin D as a supplement helped improve sleep in depressed teenagers .
L-theanine is an amino acid commonly found in tea. It has proved useful in improving sleep quality in children with ADHD .
Melissa officinalis L. leaf extract (lemon balm) was found to reduce insomnia severity and even cure insomnia completely in some study participants .
If treating your insomnia without medication is your ultimate aim, hopefully these studies give you a good starting point for your investigations.
 http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/16/4/348.pdf [PDF]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230760/
Last updated: June 11, 2012