What with the recent news surrounding prescription sleeping pills leading to addiction and other worrying undesirable health side effects, more and more people are turning towards herbal sleeping aids, in an attempt to cure their insomnia. If you suffer from insomnia, you already know about the debilitating way it can affect your everyday life. It can stop you being productive both at home and at work, your general well-being is affected as you feel washed out and irritable and in some cases, not getting enough sleep can even prove fatal. Herbal sleep aids can be an effective way of ensuring you get adequate sleep at nights, but as with all drugs, prescriptive or not, you should always inform your doctor before embarking on a new course of herbal sleeping aids treatment. However, herbal sleep aids are generally safe as long as package directions are followed. Here are the best herbal sleep aids on the market today.
Valerian is probably the most well-known herbal sleep aids. It is used to treat insomnia and reduce anxiety. NiteHerb Valerian root extract is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety. Valerian is considered safe to use for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It can cause mild side effects, such as headache and tiredness the morning after use. Valerian is frequently combined with other herbs that aid in relaxation and sleep. Do not take if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or under 18 yrs of age.
Although St John’s Wort is best known for treating mood disorders and depression, it also works well as a herbal sleeping aid on helping you to get an adequate nights sleep. This is because it stimulates the serotonin and melatonin which both affect sleep. As it takes time to take effect it needs to be taken in the morning to promote a good night’s sleep. You should not take St John’s Wort if you are taking the contraceptive pill as it will make it ineffective. Each film coated tablet contains 425 mg of extract (as dry extract) from St John’s Wort aerial parts (Hypericum perforatum L.) (5-7:1) (equivalent to 2125 mg- 2975 mg of St John’s Wort).
Lavender-scented oil can be applied to the skin or you can inhale its flowery scent to help relax you before bedtime. Lavender is a popular essential oil used in aromatherapy for the purpose of relaxation. It is also added to lotions and carrier oils for use on the skin. This oil must not be taken orally, but lavender can be taken internally by drinking tea made from its dried flowers. It is also available in liquid tincture form. This Pampering Lavender Eye Mask is cushioned to feel comfortable on the eyes, it blocks out the light and gently fragrances the air around you to aid relaxation and sleep.
Take an herbal formulation that contains hops to help you fall asleep faster. Hops can be taken alone, but it is commonly used in combination with other herbal sleep aids, such as German chamomile and valerian root. Dormeasan is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances resulting from mild anxiety, based on traditional use only. To aid sleep: Take 30 drops in a little water half an hour before bedtime. Take 10-20 drops in a little water once or twice daily. Hops is a light sedative, which will help you drift to sleep quickly and will not leave you drowsy in the morning.
Ease your anxiety and relax into slumber with passion-flower. This herb works well as a sleep aid because it has a calming effect upon your anxiety and is also a light sedative. Passion flower is an herb that grows in the southeastern United States. Potters Nodoff Tablets are traditionally used as an aid to promote natural sleep. Based on traditional use only. Potters Nodoff Tablets contains concentrated Passiflora traditionally used to encourage restfulness and natural sleep.