Many people have trouble sleeping as a result of anxiety, depression, or a routine that causes their internal clocks to keep them up at night while also making them tired during the day. Getting enough sleep is important for maintaining a healthy body and mind, however, because it is the time when your body completely relaxes and lets go so that it can focus upon healing itself. If you are not getting enough sleep, your whole body will suffer, including your immune system.
If you are experiencing one too many sleepless nights, there are plenty of over-the-counter sleep aids available. But if you do not want to use conventional medicines that can cause side effects, you can instead opt for herbal remedies that are completely natural and very effective.
Finally, you may want to consider lavender for improving the quality of your sleep. Lavender is well known for having a soothing and pleasant scent. Numerous studies have also shown that it can produce deeper and more satisfying sleep.
Lavender essential oil is usually used in a diffuser for aromatherapy. Like many of the other herbs and roots mentioned here, lavender appears to have a sedative effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and lowering the heartbeat. Lavender oil can also be beneficial when absorbed through the skin, and studies have shown that massages with lavender oil reduce anxiety and improve mood. For topical use, it is best to mix lavender essential oil with a base, like olive oil. Use or one or two drops per tablespoon.
If you are in the market for an easy to find and affordable sleep aid herbal remedy, try chamomile. It is readily available in health food stores, as well as your local grocery store, where you can find it in the form of a delicious tea. Not only does this herb help with digestive problems, it is also very relaxing and can help you get to sleep sooner.
Using barely hops extract can help induce deep, restful sleep that leaves you feeling rejuvenated in the morning. Some alternative health specialists recommend combining it with valerian root extract to treat insomnia. Valerian is a powerful remedy for insomnia in its own right. It has sedative properties and has been used for thousands of years to improve sleep, and it appears to work in a similar manner to passionflower — by increasing levels of GABA in the brain. Valerian also allows GABA to work more effectively, since it inhibits the production of an enzyme that attacks GABA.
If your sleeplessness is caused by anxiety, get some Kava but use it carefully to ensure that it does not adversely affect your liver. If you already have liver problems, do not take Kava. Take only the recommended amount and no more, and never combine Kava with alcohol. The herb is known for promoting deep sleep while releasing the anxiety that you feel. It also has the potential to enhance and help you remember your dreams.
Hops as an herbal remedy
One insomnia cure that most people would never suspect is hops. That’s right: Hops as in barley hops from beer! While everyone knows what drinking a lot of beer will eventually make you sleepy, that’s actually the alcohol causing that effect. Alcohol consumption, however, produces hangovers, and alcohol-induced sleep actually suppresses REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which leaves you feeling less rested than normal sleep does.