These Natural Sleep Supplements Pretty Much Guarantee Eight Hours
Anyone who's had trouble drifting off to the Land of Nod knows how vicious the cycle of sleeplessness can be. You get into bed at 9:30p.m. mentally high-fiving yourself for resisting the lure of Netflix and hoping to finally get those elusive eight hours. Only you're suddenly not sleepy anymore, so you toss and turn, intermittently checking your phone for the time. Next thing you know, it's 2a.m. and you're groggily calculating the ever-diminishing amount of hours you have left before the alarm goes off. Cue: Freak out. Not exactly a great environment for sleep—and it's one that can repeat itself night after night, if left unchecked.
There are myriad ways to help your body off to sleep, including this genius breathing trick, sleep apps and stretching, as well as the obvious ones—avoiding caffeine and your phone/T.V before bed. If you've tried all these (and more) and still haven't found your personal recipe for a good night's sleep, you might be skeptical of herbal supplements...but you shouldn't be. Not only can they really, truly help prepare your body for rest by calming your nerves, they also boast additional benefits like soothing your digestive system. Interested? Keeping scrolling for 3 natural sleep supplements that really work.
Valerian is a mild sedative that’s believed to help reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, as well as improving sleep quality. Most studies focus on the root so make sure you read labels to ensure you’re getting the right part of the plant.
Pictured: Australian Naturalcare Valerian 1000 Herbal Relaxer ($10)
Best known for its use in beer making, hops is a herbal sedative traditionally used to calm the nerves. (It is also a bitter herb and can be used to aid digestion.) It appears to have a sleep-promoting quality that can be helpful if restlessness and anxiety are what's keeping you awake.
Pictured: Swanson Hops Capsules ($13)
You may have previously tried sipping chamomile tea in your quest for quality rest but what you may not know is that supermarket herbal teas are unlikely to contain a therapeutic dose. (Read: They won’t do much.) A quality naturopathic tea like the one from Ovvio above delivers analgesic effects which calm your nervous system. Feel free to add a dash of honey—it’s thought to support melatonin production.
Pictured: Ovvio Chamomile Nights Organic Tea ($16)
As always, we recommend seeing your doctor before starting on any new supplements, especially if you are pregnant.
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