Sleep difficulty is defined as trouble falling and/or staying asleep. If you’re experiencing sleep difficulty and would like to avoid prescription insomnia treatments, there are natural sleep aids available that will promote a healthy, restful night’s sleep without grogginess, fatigue, or drowsiness the next day. When used in conjunction with good sleep habits, certain sleep aids, like herbs and vitamins will help lessen the symptoms of sleep difficulty.
Melatonin is a naturally-occurring neurohormone that is produced within the body to regulate the sleep/wake cycle. When used as a dietary supplement, Melatonin reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increases the amount of time an individual stays asleep, supports better sleep quality, and promotes a regular sleep schedule.
Valerian Root (Valerina Officinalis)
The Valerenic Acid, Valepotriates, and Flavonoids in Valerian Root help relax the Central Nervous System and support a restful night’s sleep. Valerian Root is a sleep aid that has been shown to reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, help individuals stay asleep, and support better sleep quality.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus)
Flavonoids, Chalcones and Alpha Acids isolated from the flower of the Hops plant have been shown to promote relaxation, reduce sleep disturbance, and promote a positive mood to reduce anxiety and depression.
German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
German Chamomile, a sleep aid for adult and children, contains agents that calm the Central Nervous System, reduce nervous tension, and reduce he effects of stress.
Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata)
Phytochemicals present in Passion Flower have been shown to act as mild, natural sedatives, promoting relaxation, relieving nervous tension, and reducing occasional anxiety, irritability, and mood disturbances.
5-HTP is extracted from the seeds of Griffonia Simplicifolia. 5-HTP is used by the body in the production of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes healthy mood balance, regular sleep, and appetite.
B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Zinc, and Magnesium
These vitamins and minerals are vital to a wide array of healthy bodily functions including basic nervous system function and cell-to-cell communication. When the body is under increased stress, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium help to promote endurance and maintain healthy balance.
It is important to use sleep aids like herbs and vitamins in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and good sleep habits for the reduction of sleep difficulty. Consult with your healthcare provider if sleep difficulty continues to be a problem.