Practically every prepper is going to need these aids for falling asleep. That’s because, once you get into an SHTF event, it’s likely you’ll be enduring maximum stress levels. And with maximum stress often comes poor sleep. And, as most of us know, poor sleep often leads to anxiety, depression, emotional sensitivities, grogginess, and poor decision-making.
Sleep is vital even now, as we’re living our daily lives. However, when a crisis occurs, we’re going to need sleep even more to think clearly and survive.
The trouble is, the pharmacy shelves will likely be completely empty when SHTF. And that means you’ll have to depend on more than over-the-counter drugs for falling asleep.
Luckily, there are natural ways to help make sure you can fall asleep, even in the most dire of circumstances. These healthy remedies will help relax and calm you, even when it feels like the world is falling apart.
There’s no question about it – these sleep aids could easily save your life. By following this advice, preppers can sleep soundly, even when the world is crashing down around them. These natural remedies can also help them make better, smarter decisions, which can pay off big time in the long run.
It’s my job to help you stay safe and survive. That’s why I want to share with you these…
Genius Tips For Falling Asleep Fast (SHTF Approved)
St. John’s Wort
Depression is one of the biggest contributing factors to ongoing sleep deprivation. Luckily, eating this beautiful flower can help depression sufferers get some necessary rest.
This plant may have an odd name, but it can do wonders for your sleep. The primary reason for this is that it helps fight depression, and elevates mood. Known as a natural version of Prozac, these pretty flowers can help regulate your emotions and, thus, help you sleep.
Remember drinking that warm glass of milk before bedtime? Turns out this frothy beverage is proven by science to help you start falling asleep.
Your body needs the chemical melatonin to help you sleep. However, it requires the combination of magnesium and calcium in order to convert tryptophan into melatonin. Milk can provide this important combination in order to help you doze off to dreamland.
Stress is another common issue that stands in the way of falling asleep. Oftentimes, this stress causes the brain to not “turn off” as you lay awake at night.
Thankfully, lavender is an excellent stress-fighter and sleep aid. It’s also great for combatting anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Lavender can provide these benefits in a number of ways. For example, even the smell of lavender has calming effects on the mind. Place the flowers in a small bag and place them under your pillow for relaxing sleep.
Lavender flowers plus boiling water can also make a soothing tea. Lavender essential oil is also beneficial when rubbed onto the hands.
There are SO MANY more natural aids that can help you get a great night’s sleep! Here’s a few more from Survivopedia:
This one isn’t a myth or some new-age hooey, if that’s the way that you tend to view herbal treatments. It’s been extensively studied and has a ton of scientific research to back up the chemicals in it that make it effective as a sleep aid.
It’s also good for soothing aching muscles or calming muscle spasms, treating allergies, morning sickness, hay fever, and asthma, and easing indigestion.
If you’re allergic to ragweed, use cautiously until you determine whether or not chamomile will bother you, too.
Lemon Balm is often used in conjunction with the other herbs that I’ve listed here. It’s historically been used to increase mood, reduce stress, and improve appetite and digestion. When studied alone, which it very rarely has been, it did improve mood and significantly increased alertness and calmness. Since alertness is the opposite of what you’re going for, maybe that’s why it’s paired with the other herbs.
This bright, citrusy scent has been used for centuries as a calming agent and a mood elevator. It’s commonly used in perfumes and confectionary endeavors because of its sweetness, and when it’s diffused, it has powerful effects on clarity and mood stabilization so that you can relax. If you’re looking for something to help you turn off your brain and relax so that you can sleep, either diffuse bergamot or rub a drop or two in your hands and inhale.
This one’s been used for centuries and has many scientific studies to back it up, too.
Valerian root, specifically the valerenic acid and valerenol found in it, work together to act to promote healthy sleep.
It helps increase the level if GABAs, the chemical that soothes anxiety and regulates nerve cells, in your brain. This is the exact function that both alprazolam (Xanax), and diazepam (Valium) perform to reduce anxiety and induce sleep. So, we have a root that works just like two of the top anti-anxiety sleep aids on the market? Hmm.
Oh, and studies are now showing that it also may keep your brain from reabsorbing GABA, which means there will be more available, and valerian may also inhibit an enzyme that destroys GABA. Sounds like a root worth trying, right?
Passion flower was actually approved at one point for use as an OTC sleep aid but was pulled in the late 70s when they started cracking down and requiring that medicines be extensively studied before being approved. It acts in much the same way as the other supplements that we’ve discussed.
It’s also been used to help with asthma, high blood pressure, pain relief, ADHD, anxiety, and seizures.
Want to know how to stock up on these incredible natural remedies? Watch the SHTF-approved video below:
***BONUS: White Noise***
This may not be a natural herb, but it’s one of the most effective ways for falling asleep – fast. According to Marpac, white noise is super effective at transporting you to Snoozeville for six reasons:
Helps you build a bedtime ritual.Especially if you have trouble falling asleep, but even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to establish a routine before bed (both for children and adults). Make sleep hygiene a habit!
Keeps your bedroom QUIET.For optimal sleep, you need the optimal sleep environment. White noise buffers disturbing sounds and creates a quiet cocoon, regardless of your surroundings or sleep situation.
Shuts down your busy brain.Ever have trouble falling asleep because your To Do list won’t stop buzzing, or personal worries keep you awake? White noise can help. There’s a reason some people use it to meditate!
Once you’re asleep, you’ll stay asleep.By masking sounds that might interrupt your sleep, white noise protects your peaceful slumber. And if you DO wake up, it’s often easier to fall back asleep.
You’ll sleep more soundly.You may not realize how many times you wake up each night. But even if you don’t remember it in the morning, those little interruptions affect the quality of your sleep. So give white noise a try and see if you don’t wake up feeling more refreshed.
You can bring white noise anywhere.While you can’t count on your environment, you CAN manage the noise factor, if you’ve got a sound machine… (This one’s especially helpful when traveling. Hotel room doors slamming and noisy hallways, anyone?)
To take advantage of these benefits, you can simply download the WhiteNoise app onto your smartphone. This way, you can listen to it to begin dozing off to dreamland. Plus, simply invest in a solar phone charger and you can use this handy app even when there’s not an outlet in sight.
In an SHTF event you can bet you’ll be needing some extra shuteye. However, by taking the time to invest in these amazing sleep aids, you’ll be snoozing in no time. Prepare Now, Survive Later!