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April 05, 2017
WHETHER YOU STRUGGLE with ongoing insomnia or just don’t like to toss and turn at night, finding a sleep remedy that works for you can be a bit of a crap shoot.
There are just so many options out there, from prescription sleep medications to meditation apps, and it’s hard to know what’s safe and effective.
If you’re worried about taking sleeping pills, you may have good reason. They are often linked to dependency and other health problems, so choosing to use them is a decision best made with your doctor after you’ve tried other courses of action. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural sleep aids available that can help your body relax and allow you to nod off gently, without the concerns that come with pharmaceuticals.
If you’re interested in trying herbal sleep remedies, these plants are a good place to start:
One of the easiest ways to get started using sleep-friendly herbs is to brew a cup of warm, relaxing tea. The warmth spreads throughout your body to relax tired muscles, and choosing an herbal brew instead of caffeinated black tea will keep you from accidentally inducing a sleep-killing buzz.
Pure chamomile tea is a good choice, though there are also “sleepy time” herbal blends on the market that use a combination of herbs to help you relax. Some of these may include valerian, lavender and more. If you start a ritual of having a cup of tea an hour before bed, the combination of the herbs’ effects, their scent and your routine will all trigger your brain to realize that it’s time for bed.
If you’re not much of a tea drinker, there are several herbs that can still help you sleep by virtue of their scent alone. Lavender and chamomile are good floral choices used by aromatherapists to induce calm. You can try adding drops of essential oil into a warm bath before bed for a deeply relaxing soak, or you can use an essential oil diffuser to lightly push the scent into your bedroom to help you drift off.
Herbal teas and aromatherapy are easy ways to reap the benefits of herbs without worrying about them interacting with any of your current medications. If you’re interested in trying tinctures and capsules, it’s a good idea to clear it with your doctor first. These plants are powerful, and they may provide your best rest yet.