We all lose sleep every now and then. It could be due to excitement, anxiety, drinking too much coffee and so on. But if you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping deeply every night, you need to do something about it.
Now, over-the-counter sleep medication is always the first solution for most people, but these drugs have side effects. So you may want to try herbs before you buy artificial meds. Herbs can help you sleep deeply without side effects.
But realize that some herbs can be harmful when combined with alcohol or prescription drugs. See a doctor and do your research before using these herbs.
Lemon balm has a calming effect. It was traditionally used to increase relaxation and calming. You can take it as a supplement, add it in tea or rub it on your pillow.
According to this study, lemon balm can help you sleep deeply since it increases mental calmness. But it’s worth noting that high intake can cause anxiety.
Stress is one of the main causes of sleeplessness. And as you may know, high cortisol levels increase stress. Research shows that Ashwagandha helps control cortisol production and consequently reduces stress levels.
I may also note that this herb helps regulate blood sugar levels.
This herb may not have a pleasant taste but it will improve the quality of your sleep. You can take it in capsule form or add it to tea.
Valerian will help you sleep deeply when it’s combined with other herbs. This study found that a combination of valerian and hops can eliminate sleeplessness.
Chamomile is popularly known for relieving anxiety. But research shows that it may not benefit people with chronic insomnia. If you struggle with occasional insomnia it’ll definitely help you sleep better.
Note that there are different types of chamomile—German chamomile is the best. You can buy chamomile tea bags or chamomile tea.
Taking this herb before bed can prevent you from losing sleep. You should also take it several times a day if you struggle with anxiety, researchers say. Passion flower is safe for children and people with health issues.
Magnolia bark will regulate your cortisol levels and keep you relaxed. Research shows that magnolia is more potent when combined with magnesium. It can treat anxiety, depression and improve quality of sleep.