Up to 1 in 10 people suffer from insomnia on any given night. With this kind of prevalence, many people may be wondering about natural sleep remedies to help them with this problem. But which ones work? Which ones are safe? Here are a few helpful strategies if you decide to get a little help from natural sleep aids.
According to WebMD, this herbal extract is one of the leading natural supplements in the market for insomnia. It is often found in pill form as valerian root. There are some limited studies showing it may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, and could improve quality of sleep, without the side effect of grogginess. However, when compared to a placebo, valerian did no better than the placebo in helping with insomnia. There is also evidence valerian is more effective when taken by people who regularly have trouble sleeping who then take it over a period of time, versus people who normally sleep well, and need it for a one night sleep aid.
Chamomile is another popular natural supplement for sleep, and has been used for centuries. The great thing about this sleep aid is it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is often found in teas and lotions. This herb has a soothing and calming effect for most people, which can help them feel more relaxed and ready for bed.
Ther herbal remedy, also known as kava kava, has been used for stress and anxiety relief and insomnia. Although kava has been found to have mild sedative properties, it is now considered unsafe to use due to a few reports of people with cases of cirrhosis, hepatitis, and liver failure.
Remember how sleepy everyone feels after eating turkey on thanksgiving dinner? Why not put that into a natural supplement? Unfortunately research animals have shown that it can destroy parts of the brain containing serotonin, and could produce permanent insomnia. People who have taken this as a supplement have had symptoms of a disease called scleroderma, where they would get tightened skin, joint pain, muscle aches, anxiety and depression. Some people even died. Your safest bet? Keep tryptophan in foods like it is naturally found, and enjoy a nice glass of milk or piece of warm turkey as late night snacks before bed until more studies can be done.
Lavender has similar effects to chamomile, which gives you a calming, soothing effect. Lavender can be found in all sorts of properties. Many of which can help you sleep, such as bath salts, teas, oil, fragrances. Try a few of these and see what works best for you.
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