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7 Herbs That Could Help You With Insomnia

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Having trouble sleeping at night? Are you feeling tired all day as though you have not slept a wink all night? You might have insomnia. People who lack sleep have trouble concentrating.

Herbs have been known to cure various illnesses including insomnia. If you are looking for ways to help induce sleep, consider these herbs as natural remedies.

These natural substances are known for improving your quality of sleep.

1. Valerian

Valerian root is used as a sedative and anti-anxiety treatment, and is a common ingredient in products promoted as mild sedatives and sleep aids for nervous tension and insomnia. It improves the quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

Dried roots are prepared as teas or tinctures, and dried plant materials and extracts are put into capsules or incorporated into tablets.

2. Oats

Oats contain melatonin which is a natural hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, and complex carbohydrates that can help more tryptophan get into the brain to help you sleep.

3. Kava Kava

This plant has been shown to help relieve anxiety, stress and related nervous disorders and produce a feeling of relaxation. The roots are chewed or ground into a pulp and added to cold water, resulting in a thick brew.

4. Lemon Balm

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety and promote sleep. Several studies show that lemon balm combined with other calming herbs (such as valerian, hops, and chamomile) helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep.

5. Lavender

Although there are no studies that could conclusively verify that lavender is an effective treatment for insomnia, there are major published studies that have found that the effects are beneficial enough to be tried as an alternative therapy. Lavender is most often used as a form of aromatherapy.

6. Hops

Hops are used in the brewing of beer and have been known for centuries to make you sleep deeper and relax you too. This is because they release a chemical which is known to have a sedative and relaxing effect.

7. Peppermint

A personal favorite that has helped me sleep better. Not sure if it is because I enjoy the aroma and it creates a relaxation effect but it has worked for me in helping whenever I have trouble sleeping. Peppermint is mostly known to help with gas and bloating and heartburn, but I find it very enjoyable, relaxing and soothing before bed.

I drink it as many other herbal teas by cutting a few leaves from my backyard where I grow it in medium-sized containers, rinse and boil in a pot and let it sit for a few minutes. You may want to give it a try.

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