Do Natural Sleep Aids Work?

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We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is very important to your overall health. It supports your brain and body function, and can improve your everyday decision making. If you find yourself in need of a bit of extra assistance when falling asleep at night, there are some natural sleep remedies that we have found to be successful in helping you to fall asleep.

Lavender

We know almost all of you have heard of lavender as being a natural remedy that can help you fall asleep. While it not only looks pretty, lavender does have a soothing fragrance that has show to enhance sleep. Studies have shown that by simply smelling lavender oil 30 minutes prior to falling asleep can be enough to improve the quality of sleep and allow you to fall asleep at a quicker pace. Try using lavender before you go to bed a few night’s a week to see if the scent works for your nighttime issues.

 

Melatonin

Another popular natural remedy: Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally by your body, signaling to your brain that it is time to fall asleep. Melatonin levels will naturally spike in the evening when it is closer to bed time and decline in the morning. There are several supplements containing melatonin that are extremely popular, especially for those who may do shift work or are jet lagged. Taking a melatonin supplement can help to improve your overall sleep quality, and also can help to reduce the time it takes for you to fall asleep at night.

 

Chamomile

Chamomile can be found in a few different forms, but the most popular for those who are trying to aid in their sleepiness is drinking chamomile tea. Chamomile tea has been known as a natural sleep remedy that also reduces anxiety and inflammation.  An important antioxidant to take note of that is found in chamomile tea is called apigenin. This antioxidant points to the calming effect that chamomile tea has, because it binds to certain receptors in your brain that help to decrease anxiety, as well as induce sleep.

 

While all these natural sleep aids are great options and can aid in your ability to fall asleep faster, consult with a doctor to see if taking a natural sleep aid is right for you. While we do consider ourselves sleep experts, it is always smart to do your research.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/teas-that-help-you-sleep#section1

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

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