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Home Remedies: Sleep Issues

Lack of sleep can cause so many problems from puffy eyes, to headaches, from heart disease, to weight gain, not to mention plain old crankiness. Sometimes you can't help it if your cat was attacking your feet all night, but Prevention has come up with some home remedies for some common sleep issues. Here are its tips.

  • Revive tired, puffy eyes: Even if you were up all night no one will know. Since black tea contains tannins — astringents that help tighten undereye puffiness — Prevention recommends: "activate the tannins in a tea bag by dipping in a cup of hot water for several minutes. Cool in the fridge, then apply the damp bag as a compress to the closed eye for 10 minutes."
  • Stop snoring: All you back sleepers who snore, "put a tennis ball in a shirt pocket cut from an old t-shirt and sew it to the midback of your tight pajama top. The discomfort forces you to roll over and sleep on your side — without waking you up." Sounds medieval but it works.
  • Conquer insomnia: "Before bedtime, eat a handful of cherries, which scientists discovered are jam-packed with melatonin, the same hormone created by your body to regulate sleep patterns." To add to the tranquility, "steep yourself in a hot bath to relax your muscles and your mind." Then when you slide into bed, "rest your head on a lavender-filled pillow — the fragrance induces sleepiness."


Join The Conversation
Mdtycoon Mdtycoon 8 years
The cherries is a good one! But the whole tennis ball sewn in the back of the shirt?...Not so good. For those of you who snore, the Atlas-t Pillow is must have. You can read about it at I found it at It opens your airways while laying on your back! It also allows me to sleep on my side. The best sleep orthopedic available.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'll have to give the teabag trick a try. My eyes get puffy when I don't get enough sleep.
krae85 krae85 8 years
and if your husband snores put a tennis ball in an extra pillow case and wallop him with it when his snoring bothers you. lols
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
All these years I thought you were supposed to put the hot tea bags on your eyes LOL. Now it make more sense.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
oh great idea about the cherries I will have to try
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
If only cherries weren't so expensive I'd eat them every night! Though I do love my pb + banana bedtime snack oh so much and it's cheap lol I can read all day and not get sleepy but at night if I get into bed and just start to read a few pages I will become unbearably tired right away. Thankfully that's always worked like a charm for me.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I had no idea cherries contain melatonin. That's a yummy tip I will try!
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