Natural Supplements for Better Sleep
The potential health issues associated with insufficient sleep are well-documented, but many people who suffer from poor quality sleep aren’t willing to take pharmaceutical drugs to correct the problem. Many prescription and non-prescription sleep aids have unfavourable side effects, so people look for natural supplements, instead. Here are a few that may help you drift off quicker and stay asleep longer.
My personal favourite. In its natural form is a tall, flowering plant that is often used as a dietary supplement. It has also been used as a natural sleep aid, although the Mayo Clinic and other health organizations claim that more intensive studies are required for this purpose.
Some people experience side effects with valerian, such as dizziness, headache, and gastrointestinal issues. It is wise to do your own research and look beyond the company’s marketing jargon before you make a purchase. The most widely studied species is called Valeriana officinalis.
Magnesium is a mineral that every one of us has in our bodies. It helps to calm nerves and relax muscles and some statistics claim that up to 90% of the general population is highly deficient. This is likely why it is added to many sleep supplements, and why it’s often effective when taken on its own.
Most people have probably heard of the connection between sleep and melatonin, which is a hormone produced by the brain’s pineal gland. Melatonin may help to calm circadian rhythm disorders, which will lead to more restful sleep. There hasn’t been a large number of in-depth studies on the effectiveness of melatonin as a sleep aid, but many people claim it works and health stores continue to sell it.
Chamomile is widely recognized as a calming herbal tea and is often recommended for people with sleep issues. Chamomile tea before bed or during the evening may help you to relax and it may help you fall asleep, but if it doesn’t it won’t cause any harm if taken as directed.
Remember to check with your health care practitioner anytime you decide to start taking a new supplement or herb, even if it’s sold over the counter. In all likelihood, there won’t be a negative reaction but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Check Your Pillow
Even if you’re able to find a natural supplement that helps ease your sleep woes, take a look at your pillow to see if it is up to par. Using the wrong pillow can cut your sleep short, hurt your neck, your back, your shoulders…you get the idea. Truth is tossing and turning is not natural! Take a minute to learn about the enVy pillow so you have all your sleep bases covered. And the bonus is there is zero “unfavorable side effects”.
We had a Chiropractor tell us that he always notices how his clients, when first lying on the enVy pillow in his office, take a deep cleansing breath. He felt this was a true indication of optimal alignment and a “surrendering” to the uncompromising support of their neck and spine.
We all need that kind of support once in a while….