If you’re one of those sleep-deprived saps that just can’t seem to get a break from your constantly working mind, you may have contemplated before of using a sleeping pill. However, as what numerous news reports tell us, an uninhibited usage of sleeping pills can just as easily lead to you sleeping… forever, and six feet under the ground. So on we look towards other healthier and “safer” alternatives. One of these just happens to be natural sleep aids.
There generally is a lot of confusion as to what constitutes as a “natural” sleep aid. Natural doesn’t only mean herbs, but other kinds of treatments that have sometimes nothing to do with any pharmacologic therapy of any kind. As you will soon read below, “natural” aids can mean as much as running the gamut from herbs to teas and exercises. So if you’re getting sleepy by now, then we won’t force you to keep your eyes open while reading this. But if you’re just like us who continue to roam the inter-webz looking for the best sleep treatment available, then there’s really no rest for the wicked, is there (although honestly speaking, we’re just as good as the next person). Now, please read on to find out!
You may be familiar with these other treatments. St. John’s wort, for example, is known for decades as a natural “sedative”, but has been later found to be rather effective for insomnia. It’s amazing that people still use this herb ever since the ‘50s, can you believe that?!
There are also several herbs that are thought and now have been proven to help insomniacs everywhere, including chamomile, valerian root, kava, and lemon balm, to name some. Chamomile, for example, is consumed in its tea “form”, and is recommended by some physicians for its mild and non-addictive sedative properties. Valerian root, on the other hand, is widely prescribed, though is regulated much more than chamomile or even kava.
“Natural” can also mean as much as just taking a naturally-occurring supplement to help trigger your sleep. Melatonin levels have been observed to reach its zenith during night time. Just how effective can it be? Well, you remember the sensation of you being sleepy by virtue of your room being dark? This “conduciveness” to sleep also causes melatonin to rise, and inversely, when the lights are on or if your body has sensed that it’s already getting “lighter” outside, then that’s the time that melatonin levels decrease. Melatonin has also been found to be beneficial to those who have been jet-lagged. Currently, it is one of the most used natural sleeping aids in the market.
Of course, if you don’t want “drugs” polluting your system, research has also shown that varying your bedtime environment and habits can make your body more aware in its need to sleep. Not only is it cost-effective, but experts recommend it as a long-way solution to solve your drought of sleep. The most recommended among these non-therapeutic remedies is the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Basically, what CBT does is it encourages you to “relax” during the hours prior to sleeping. It doesn’t allow you to “forget” your problems when you’re trying to sleep, but rather, it just redirects your thinking to somewhere else , and more preferably, in a positive light.
Now, you are free to try any of these methods which have been described above. However, if you want to make sure that you’re looking for that one “effective” treatment, then please consult your doctor first.