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Herbs for Sleep: Best Natural Sleep Aids

WTHN/06.10.20

Herbs for Sleep: Best Natural Sleep Aids

When it comes to sleep, the power of plants is a real thing! Through the use of all-natural herbal remedies, you can actually help your body relax and rejuvenate itself. WTHN offers a wide variety of organic herbal supplements, which can be taken both on their own and in tried-and-true combinations to support your sleep health.

 

We’ve all heard of using all-natural herbs to make delicious treats in the kitchen, but did you know that herbs can also be used for medicinal purposes? For thousands of years, herbalists have blended and used  herbal remedies to help people fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

Herbs and Sleep 

Many people use herbal treatments as natural sleep aids to restore their sleep cycle balance and harmonize the forces within their bodies to achieve balance and relaxation. Herbs can actually be extracted from all different parts of plants; the roots, flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds, and many more to help improve your overall sleep quality. Each unique “sleep herb” has its own unique properties that contribute to supporting the parts of our body that often interrupt our healthy sleep cycles and bedtime routines, and result in those “tossing and turning” nights we all dread.

 

Traditionally, many herbs are mixed together, boiled, and served in the form of tea, especially before bed. However, many refer to this practice as “bitter medicine,” and it couldn’t be truer. Herbal tea can definitely leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth, so nowadays, many people prefer capsulized supplements or external lotions to get their herbs but skip the generally unpleasant taste that usually comes with it.

 

We obviously don’t have to tell you how important sleep is; undoubtedly, you’ve experienced more than one night of a racing mind that just won’t turn off and let you rest. But it’s so crucial to your health and wellbeing to get a good amount of sleep each night. It helps your brain and body function properly. It improves learning, cognition, memory, decision-making, and creativity.

 

Let’s be honest - when you don’t get enough sleep, it becomes difficult to think and function throughout the day. In the long term, a chronic lack of sleep can lead to a higher risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It’s hard enough to get sleep normally, but during these uncertain times, the stress and anxiety of the unknown can make it even more difficult. But not to worry! We’re here to give you some helpful herbal ideas about what might help get you to Dreamland a little faster, and extend your stay while you’re there!

 

What to Try

Who doesn’t love their sleep? Luckily, WTHN offers a couple of options at reasonable prices to help you get a better night’s sleep. 

 

The first and most popular option is our Dream On herbal blend, which includes organic valerian root and organic ashwagandha root. Valerian is a widely known and accepted remedy not only for its sedative effects, but also for its ability to promote healthy sleep, ease tension, and sooth restlessness -- all important aspects of being able to get you snoozing! Ashwagandha on the other hand, while not directly known for supporting sleep, is an adaptogenic herb that can help soothe stress and make it easier to calm your mind and get to bed. 

 

Another natural sleep aid is an essential oil spray for you to spritz your pillow with to lull you into the sweet abyss of dreamland. This amazing essential oil spray is called  Stardust Pillow Mist, and it was made to offer calming properties to help you sleep. Its main ingredient is lavender, which has a very soothing aroma that has long been believed to relax people and help them fall asleep. It contains many other helpful ingredients as well, including:

  •   Witch hazel
  •   Ylang ylang
  •   Cedarwood
  •   Frankincense
  •   Himalayan pink salt

WTHN also offers Karma Rub, a liquid magnesium balm paired with other pain relieving ingredients like zinc, iron, and copper, to help with pain management so you can relax in a sweet slumber after a long day. 

 

Aside from WTHN’s herbal remedies, you can also naturally help your body get better sleep by adding the following nutrients and supplements to your daily regimen, most preferably through whole food sources. 

 

Melatonin is another naturally produced hormone in the body that we use to tell our brain it is time to go to bed. Your body produces it based on the time of day, meaning that levels rise in the evening and decrease in the morning. People have long been using melatonin supplements to help them get over jet lag and to get back on a good sleep schedule. It has also been found to be useful for people who work night shifts and need to sleep during the daytime.

 

Glycine is another amino acid within your body that tells it when it’s time to sleep. Some people have reported feeling less drowsiness the morning after taking this amino acid to help them fall asleep. This particular amino acid, when taken in the appropriate dosage prescribed by your doctor, helps in reducing daytime sleepiness.

 

Tryptophan, another essential amino acid, is often found in turkey meat, which is why so many people feel sleepy after a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Even a small amount can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

 

Ginkgo biloba, when taken 30-60 minutes before bedtime, may also help reduce stress, enable relaxation, and promote better sleep. L-theanine is a daily supplement of another amino acid which can help you relax and sleep, especially when combined with GABA. You can find each of these in various nutritional supplements.

 

Poor sleep quality paired with the stress of the world don’t need to take over your life. It’s important, now more than ever, to have your “me time” and stay rested. Talk to your physician about the right herbal remedies to try and, before you know it, you’ll be sleeping soundly, just like a baby!

 

Sources

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sleep-aids

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6057895/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2006.00193.x

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