Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep at night? Well, you are not alone. Most people suffer from sleep disturbances at some point in life, which explains the many sleep cure-alls on the market today. Is it really necessary to consume a synthetic or prescription sleep remedy to conquer your sleep troubles? Fortunately, it is not. There are a number of nature-made solutions for getting that all-important restful sleep. Here are some amazing natural sleep remedies you should try:
Melatonin. This natural sleep aid is actually a hormone, produced by the body to regulate the sleep pattern (or, “circadian rhythm”). Melatonin levels are highest around your natural bed time, and are thought to be associated with daylight (or, rather, a lack thereof). Taking melatonin around your normal bedtime is a great way to induce your body’s natural propensity to fall asleep at sundown, but is not considered to be a great long-term solution.
Valerian. Extracted from a plant root, valerian is one of the most popular natural sleep remedies on the market, both for its safety and efficacy. Valerian is also touted as an anti-anxiety herb, and is thought to be most effective when taken over an extended period of time (four weeks or more).
Chamomile. Generally ingested as a tea, chamomile is one of the safest and most time-tested natural sleep remedies available. Also look for chamomile bath salts, lotions, and essential oils, if you are not a big fan of tea time.
Tryptophan. This sleep aid naturally occurs as a biochemical substance in the brain, but is also found in some very common foods. Have you ever had a turkey hangover? Well, the substance in turkey that makes you nod off almost uncontrollably is tryptophan. In addition to turkey, tryptophan is found in milk, cheese, beans, nuts, and eggs.
Passion flower. As its name suggests, this supplement is derived from the passion flower. It is considered the natural equivalent to the benzodiazepine drug family of anxiety relievers.
Remember that these natural sleep remedies have fewer side effects and come with fewer risks than their prescription or OTC counterparts. It is definitely worth it to you to try these sleep solutions first, before heading to your doctor for a script. However, it is also important to keep in mind the value of good sleep . . . and the importance of getting it, no matter what. As always, it is a good idea to talk to a physician before taking any remedy – natural or not.
About the Author: Kia Laramee loves all things health and wellness and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. She is also a regular content collaborator at Yeastinfection.org by Eric Bakker and recommends the site to anyone curious about overall health and candida.
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