If you experience trouble sleeping, consider using natural sleep aids to feel the difference from conventional sleep drugs.
Falling asleep quickly and easily is often taken for granted. Many people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. It’s sometimes not enough to eat well, exercise, and avoid stimulants (i.e. caffeine and alcohol) in order to get much-needed shut-eye. However, the alternative isn’t so appealing. While synthetic sleeping pills and sedatives offer short-term perks, they can leave you feeling groggy, and some are potentially addictive. The compromise is here: natural sleeping supplements that don’t carry the negative side effects.
3 Natural Sleep Aids that Work
Kava is a crop of the western Pacific and the plant’s roots have traditionally been known for their sedative and anesthetic properties. The plant’s active ingredients are called kavalactones. Studies have shown kava to be effective in the treatment of tension and anxiety. If you take to bed with you the stresses of the day, kava can act as a welcome addition to your pre-bed rituals.
Chamomile is popularly known for its calming effects, and I’m here to re-emphasize it’s chill-factor. Studies have continued show the herb’s effectiveness as a mild sedative to calm the nerves, reduce anxiety, treat hysteria, prevent nightmares, weaken insomnia, and battle other sleep disorders. It simply works.
From the Organic Authority Files
Prior to sleep, sip on pure organic chamomile tea, pop a chamomile pill, or dab a bit of chamomile essential oil under your nose.
Valerian is a perennial flowering plant with pink and white flowers that is indigenous to Europe and parts of Asia. Valerian root has long been used as a natural supplement for inducing sleep and improving sleep quality without negative side effects. It is also purported to ease menstrual cramps and decrease blood pressure.
You can take valerian root in capsule form or you can find it in a tea blend.
Always talk with your primary care physician before taking herbal supplements, particularly if you take any prescription medications.