Here’s something really ironic that you need to know about: the more badly you want to get some sleep, the harder it’s going to be for you to fall asleep.

Worry not because popping a sleeping pill in your mouth before bedtime is not the only solution available. On the internet, there are tons of articles on all-natural remedies for insomnia. Some of the most common ones include drinking chamomile tea, having a glass of warm milk, snacking on a banana, meditating and taking a whiff of lavender essential oil.

Been there, done that and still it seems like you cannot get 7 to 9 hours of restorative, uninterrupted sleep at night? Maybe it’s time for you to give some unusual solutions for sleep deprivation a try.

Just because they are unusual doesn’t mean that they leave you feeling excite and thus keep you from getting some much-needed Z’s — many insomnia sufferers from across the globe can attest to the effectiveness of the following truly strange ways to lull you to sleep without much trouble:

Go Barefoot

It is said that the invisible energy being given off by the planet can be utilized to deal with inflammation, reduce pain, control anxiety and increase energy. It’s also said to help put an end to insomnia.

Such is what’s referred to as earthing or grounding, and you can do it by being barefoot in your garden or on the lawn. These days, there are earthing or grounding mats available online and offline so that you may take advantage of the earth’s energy without stepping foot outside your abode.

Put Some Plants in Your Room

You may also consider placing some potted plants in your room if you are having a difficult time getting some shut-eye. Plants help purify and even humidify the air that you breathe, thus making it so much easier for you to relax not only your body but also mind.

But don’t just place any plant right next to your bed — opt for something that actually has sleep-inducing properties. Some examples of those that are beneficial for people who are suffering from insomnia include lavender, chrysanthemum, chamomile, valerian, peace lily, aloe vera, snake plant, California poppy and Philippine evergreens.

Have a Cold Shower

Everyone knows that a warm shower is an effective way to unwind at the end of a tiring day, thus allowing for a good night’s sleep. Did you know that some experts say that you should take a cold shower instead of a warm one if you want to get to dreamland right away?

That’s because your body’s core temperature naturally drops at night in order to encourage sleep, and thus enjoying a cold rather than warm shower can facilitate that body clock-regulating step.

Sip a Cup of Banana Peel Tea

It’s no secret that having a cup of chamomile tea and eating a piece of banana are two of the most well-known home remedies for insomnia. Well, there’s a solution that combines the two that you should definitely try: brewing yourself a cup of banana peel tea.

All you have to do is boil a medium-sized banana in water for about 10 minutes. Feel free to add a little honey or freshly-squeezed lemon juice before slowly drinking it about an hour before hopping into bed.

Smell Some Onion Cubes

Here’s a really strange way for you to fall asleep: take a whiff of some onion cubes in a glass jar. It’s true that the pungent smell of onions can make your nose crinkle, but the fact is that it can also leave you feeling sleepy because of its tryptophan, an amino acid that can help beat insomnia.

Place onion cubes in a small glass jar with an air-tight lid. Take a whiff of them for about 5 minutes upon hopping into bed. Put the jar right next to your bed so that you may be able to easily reach for it in case you get roused from your sleep in the middle of the night.

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