Resolution Remedies: Sleep Better, Longer
|By Petra Trudell, Managing Editor on Friday, December 27, 2013|
|Don't spend another year tossing and turning all night long. Better
sleep is possible without a potentially addictive and dangerous
prescription. Read on to discover the alternative treatments available
to combat insomnia and its causes.||
Sleep doesn't have to elude you in 2014. If you suffer from insomnia or you just don't make sure to get enough sleep, there are ways to make sure every second of ZZZZ's you do manage to get really counts for rejuvenating the body.
These five products can help you fall asleep more easily and sleep more deeply so you wake rejuvenated and stress free with a strong immune system:
1. Alvita Organic Valerian Root Tea – 24 Bags for $6.21
A cup of warm tea can be the perfect way to calm yourself after a long day of work, school or taking care of the kids. If tea is already a part of your routine, picking the right tea can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) has been used since the time of Hippocrates to promote relaxation and deep sleep. This calming herb will help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep throughout the night without side effects the next morning. This tea is USDA certified organic and should be enjoyed one hour before going to bed. Just brew one cup, add some raw honey or stevia if you like and sip your worries and cares away.
2. Herb Pharm California Poppy – 1 fl oz for $7.74
Another common reason for sleep issues is pain. Migraines, back pain and arthritis can all keep you up at night, making it impossible to get comfortable. However, pain medications can be addictive and have side effects. Produced from the leaves, flowers and roots of the organic California poppy plant (Eschscholzia californica), this liquid herbal extract doesn't carry the risk of dependency of prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications and can help relieve pain and promote relaxation to gently lull you to sleep. Just mix it with water and sip before bedtime to fall asleep quickly and wake in the morning feeling energized instead of groggy and tired.
3. Esteem Sweet Dreams – 60 Caps for $18.50
Herbs contain all-natural compounds that can help you unwind and sleep deeply while avoiding the consumption of chemicals. This blend contains a unique and potent combination of herbal extracts to do just that. Each serving provides valerian root, skullcap, lemon balm, passionflower and more to calm the nerves and encourage sleep. This supplement also contains 2.5 mg of melatonin per serving, which is a naturally produced hormone that is activated by the dark to keep your REM sleep cycle on track. Just take this supplement about 20 minutes before you plan to hit the sheets and you'll be on your way to sweet dreams in no time.
4. Natrol Sleep 'N Restore – 20 Tabs for $5.12
While you're asleep, your body is still at work, repairing damage and recharging for the day ahead. This formula contains some added ingredients to help with this restorative process. First of all, you get 3 mg of melatonin and 100 mg of valerian root extract to help you fall asleep and rest through the night undisturbed. The other key ingredients within this supplement are 30 IU of vitamin E and 25 mg of grape seed extract. These ingredients act as powerful antioxidants within the body to prevent the damage free radicals can cause. Just take it before bedtime and you'll awake not only feeling alert but refreshed and rejuvenated as well.
5. Now 5-HTP 200 mg – 60 VCaps for $18.03
Are you plagued by stress and anxiety that keep you tossing and turning all night? Thinking about your to-do list and everyday stresses can prevent you from "turning your brain off" and going to sleep to get the rest you need. One of the most powerful natural supplements for controlling this stress is 5-HTP, which stands for 5-hydroxytryptophan, a supplement produced from Griffonia simplicifolia. This chemical byproduct of the amino acid tryptophan supports serotonin production, the "happy hormone," to reduce stress and keep your mood stable all day long. This supplement also contains B vitamins that support nerve health and should be taken right before bed.
These supplements should be discussed first with your doctor before use, especially if you're being treated for a medical condition, like a sleep disorder or chronic pain, or if you're pregnant or nursing. Some herbal ingredients may interfere with prescription or OTC medications.
If you're in need of more sleep, pick up these products and more at eVitamins. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the fifth installment of the Resolution Remedies series!
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