Travel tips: Natural remedies for insomnia

For a quality night’s rest, exclude foods or beverages that contain stimulants. These include caffeine, food additives, preservatives, colorings, pesticides, cigarettes and alcohol.

Taking the herb St. John’s Wort at least two hours before bed can help calm the nervous system, while calcium and magnesium will help to reduce muscular tension thereby relaxing the body. Herbs such as chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap and valerian root are believed to promote sleep by decreasing agitation and offering general calming effects.