Supplements For Insomnia
Legend says, when you can sleep at night, it is because you are awake in someone else’s dream. Sounds romantic, isn’t? But it doesn’t feel too romantic when it becomes a daily condition. Lack of sleep can make you grumpy and can lead to serious health problems and mental disorders.
There are a ton of supplements and herbal remedies that claim to help you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly.
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, Valerian is a perennial flowering plant with aromatic feathery leaves and clusters of sweetly scented, small pink or white flowers. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since time immemorial. Evidences can be found at least at the time of ancient Greece and Rome. The Greek physician, Hippocrates described its properties and included them in is theories. Galen of Pergamon, the prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman Empire, prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. Valerian has a sedative effect so it can help you relax after a stressful, hectic day and also help you sleep peacefully. Valerian is most often used as an alternative medicine for insomnia in place of hypnotic drugs. Look for an extract standardized to contain 0.4 to 0.6 percent of valerenic acid. Take 400 to 900 milligrams per day, two hours before bedtime. Pregnant women should never use Velerian.
Made by the pineal gland, melatonin is a hormone that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. This is used to ease insomnia, combat jet lag, boost the immune system and extend life. Melatonin used as medicine is usually made synthetically in a laboratory and is most commonly available in pill form. People suffering from insmonia have lower levels of melatonin and thus the pill is advised to balance it out.
It is an amino acid found naturally in green tea and offers a number of health benefits. It proofs to be beneficial in curing insomnia. It lessens the impact of stress on the body and that this promotes healthy sleep. Dr. Sundaram says, “This is the paradox in treating insomnia that we do it by lowering the amount of stress in the body and the activation of the brain, rather than by knocking you out at night the way sleep drugs do.”
It is a is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan, an essential amino acid that you get from food. 5-HTP is sold over the counter in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid. It is a little hard to get in India, but not impossible. Continuous intake of 5-HTP can cause heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, sexual problems, and muscle problems.
Whether taken in form of tea or pills or used as essential oil, chamomile at bedtime soothes and calms, acting as a natural sedative. I personally love chamomile oil. It helps me unwind and get a good night’s rest. Relaxing and rubbing a bit on my neck before bed I find is a great way to help really unwind and wake up refreshed in the morning. It is available in form of pills over the counter.
Remember to consult a doctor before taking these supplements.