Millions of people worldwide have sleeping problems. Some may experience a chronic recurring insomnia; for others, it can be the sporadic night or two. Regardless of your sleep problems, you have a overabundance of options in in terms of sleep aids. If you prefer not to depend on prescription sleep medications, there are natural sleep aids available to help you.
Use of herbs as a natural sleep aids have been around a long time. The Chinese have been advocating herbal remedies for centuries. Only in the past decade or two have herbs have been looked at more closely in the West for their beneficial properties.
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If you choose to try one or more herbal remedies note that you should first discuss them with your doctor. Other medications you are taking might have adverse interaction with the herbal remedies. You should also know that these herbs will not always work the first time you take them and are not sleep cures, but rather, a subtle means of supporting your body naturally.
One of the oldest ways of helping to fall asleep is a cup of herbal tea before bedtime. Chamomile is used typically. Catnip and Ginseng are two other herbs that make a nice, soothing cup of tea with light sedative effects. Teas made from passion flower, red clover, peppermint or lemon balms are also sometimes drunk before bedtime.
Valerian is also another herb that is popular as a sleep aid, and is offered in numerous forms, including tea. If you are not the tea drinking type, valerian is also available in the form of a liquid extract supplement. For the most part studies on valerian show it doesnt have any side effects for the general population. Valerian is one of the herbs that might take a few weeks for it to really take full effect in your body, so be patient.
Another help is Melatonin supplements. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced in the brain at night to help you feel drowsy enough to sleep. You can get melatonin naturally by consuming foods loaded with tryptophan, which is an amino acid found in such foods as turkey, soy and milk products.
That is why you always hear about taking a glass of warm milk before bedtime. Tryptophan initiates the production of melatonin, which helps you sleep. If you dont eat enough of the foods that have tryptophan, then you would need can boost your intake in the form of melatonin supplements.
Other herbal remedies are recommended by herbalists for sleep enhancing properties; supplements such St. Johns Wort, kava kava and hops. But a natural sleep aid does not necessarily refer to herbal remedies. They could also include non-traditional health practices like acupuncture, self-hypnosis, acupressure and meditation.