8 Incredible Herbs To Help With Sleep
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Benefits Of Natural Herbs To Help With Sleep
When using plants to support a healthy and natural sleep you may notice less drowsiness and there is not addictive reliance that comes with some other interventions. This is why we wanted to outline some of the best herbs to help with sleep so you you can experiment with some natural alternatives and see what works best for you. You can also tailor the plant to suit you best; it might be a tea, a tincture or a glycetract. Whatever you prefer and find sustainable.
These are some of our favourite herbs to help with sleep:
- Valerian root
- Californian poppy
- Tart cherry
Vervain is another bitter plant and a wonderful herb to help with sleep! It has sedative, anti anxiety and neuroprotective properties and also holds some analgesic constituents that can help with pain relief. Vervain’s alkaloids help to support sleep and also promote relaxation and can be helpful for those that suffer tension headaches or migraines! It’s best to take as a tincture due to taste.
Effective calming and quick acting, passionflower is well known herb that helps with sleep and is also known to reduce anxious feelings and support calm. Passionflower works on a whole heap of brain signals, it helps with GABA enhancement, it is neuroprotective, it also works on our pain and memory signalling. A busy plant for all its calming actions!
Passionflower was shown to be as effective as a benzodiazepine (sleeping pill) in a controlled clinical trail in Tehran without the side effects! Passionflower can be taken as a tea, tincture or in capsules to help support sleep and a calmer nervous system.
As well as amazing herbs to help you sleep there are some other great ways you ensure you're getting enough shut eye.
- Reduce screen time an hour before bed
- Turn on your blue light filter on your phone, computer or tablet
- Try and not have a big heavy meal close to bed time
- Stop caffeine after 3pm ( it takes a while for the liver to process it out of your body)
- Try and reduce the amount of alcohol you are having in the evening. It does initially make you feel sleepy but it also does lead to broken sleep (either getting up to go to the toilet, changes in temperature when you sleep e.g. you get too hot, and also your liver may not like you so much and wake you at 3am when it starts processing all the alcohol)
- Have a hot bath to relax before bed
Good sleep can be hard, especially these days! We hope that you've found something that may help in this blog.
Skye MacFarlane- Naturopath/Medical Herbalist for Wild Dispensary