Did you know that people who cannot sleep well can experience a weakened immune system, lowered sex drive, and might also gain extra weight? Yes, the implications of not having a proper sleep cycle are numerous. To put it in simple words, you put your body at the risk of certain diabetes, cancers, and even car accidents.
One factor that we cannot stress enough is getting a good amount of sleep. Besides helping your body, sleep also improves your memory, learning, creativity, and even decision-making. Erratic lifestyles and demanding work schedules have brought sleep quality to an all time low.
But, did you know that you could improve your sleep quality by using certain herbs and supplements? Yes, it is that simple. In this article, we walk you through four natural sleep-promoting supplements and herbs that are guaranteed to enhance your sleep quality.
1) Valerian root
The valerian root is a native of the Asian and European continents. It is commonly used for treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and menopause, and several studies have concluded that valerian has a positive effect on sleep latency (or, the amount of time taken to fall asleep after turning the lights off).
Although there are objective measurements behind valerian, short term intake of the root is considered safe for adults. However, its safety remains uncertain for prolonged usage.
Did you know that insufficient levels of magnesium in your body may be associated with insomnia and a troubled sleep cycle? Magnesium has the ability to regulate the production of melatonin, so it relaxes muscles and induces sleep. It is also responsible for active brain functioning and heart health.
Studies report that increasing your intake of magnesium through supplements can help in optimizing the quantity and quality of your sleep. Although there isn’t any conclusive evidence yet, scientists attribute the success of magnesium in improving sleep to gamma aminobutyric acid, a brain messenger with calming effects.
Lavender plants need no introduction. Their soothing fragrance is known to elevate the mood and enhance your sleep. These plants are also one of the most popularly used ingredients in aromatherapy. Several studies have shown that smelling lavender oil before falling asleep improves sleep quality to a great extent. The plant has also proven to be particularly effective in people with mild insomnia, especially women and young individuals.
Moreover, lavender aromatherapy has also produced great results in older people suffering from dementia. However, the oral intake of lavender has not been deemed entirely safe. Some people have reported nausea and stomach aches. Thus, it is best to use essential oils in aromatherapy and not for oral ingestion.
Passionflower, scientifically popular as Passiflora incarnata, is one of the most popular and effective herbal remedies for insomnia. The species of passionflower, particularly effective against sleep disturbances, are native to North America.
However, they are also cultivated in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. Studies have also shown the people who take the extract of passionflower along with their tea have experienced significant improvements in their sleep.
Although more conclusive studies are needed, it is worth noting that the intake of passion-flower extracts is safe for adults. Whether it is consumed as a tea, extract or supplement, it does improve your sleep cycle effectively.
Article written by Canada Kratom Express.