Natural Sleep Aids and their Potency

Difficulty falling asleep is a common occurrence.  Insomnia is the inability to sleep or excessive wakening in the night that impairs daily functioning. Of natural remedies, three have been shown to be useful, and others have some preliminary but inconclusive evidence.

Nonprescription sleep aids are typically considered natural. They encourage relaxation, ease anxiety, and promote sleep. Many natural sleep aids are also linked to other health-promoting behaviours like improved digestion and pain relief.

Benefits of Natural Sleep Aids

Natural sleep aids are generally considered safer than OTC and prescription medications, because they tend to have fewer side effects than their prescription counterparts. Using them for a short time typically doesn’t lead to dependence and have a low risk of side effects or complications when used for a short time.

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  1. Chamomile: It is a gentle herb that has a calming effect. It promotes relaxation and sleep. It also aids in digestion, soothes and heals skin, relaxes muscle, relieves headaches.
  2. Valerian: It is a herbal medicine made from the root of the plant noted to act as a sedative. Valerian may also help to ease menstrual and stomach cramps, muscle and joint pain, depression, headaches.
  3. Hops: The female flowers of the hop plant which are used to flavour beverages, like beer, and as an herbal medicine. They help improve sleep and lower cholesterol, relieve irritability, aid in digestive issues, have antibacterial properties.
  4. Melatonin: It is a hormone made in the pineal gland. It controls your circadian rhythms. Melatonin may also help relieve symptoms of jet lag, boost immunity, fight inflammation.
  5. Passion Flower: It is a plant containing chemicals that produce a calming effect. It brings about feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
  6. Lavender: It is a fragrant plant used to make medicine, perfume, and oil.  Its calming effect can help induce sleep.
  7. Ginseng: It is a herb that helps promote sleep and improve immunity.

Remember that side effects and risks are possible, even with natural products. Natural sleep aids should only be used as a short-term solution. If your sleep problems continue, they may be a sign of an underlying medical concern.


Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/natural-sleep-aids

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.