Most of us, at some period in our lives, will experience disturbed sleep. Full blown insomnia is a serious condition but, even in milder forms, lack of quality sleep can have far reaching health implications.
Poor sleep can occur for a variety of reasons; it may have its causes in health conditions, depression, bad diet, over-work, menopause or anxiety, among others. Herbal and home remedies for helping us through these times are plentiful and easily obtainable.
Passionflower is particularly effective where sleep is affected by anxiety or nervous exhaustion. All of the Passionflower plant is used, excepting the root, in order to prepare herbal sleep remedies that can be turned into teas and tinctures.
A study done by Monach University indicated that participants who drank herbal tea made from Passionflower extract experienced significantly better quality of sleep.
Passionflower is also a muscle relaxant and is a common herb for sleep inducement.
Hops grows as a vine and is best known for its use in the brewing of beer. The fruit of this plant contains highly effective sedatives which work well for those suffering sleep disturbances and restless nights.
Hops has been used in folk-medicine in the UK for many centuries where hop pillows were used to help cure insomnia.
Hops can be drunk as a tea or taken as a tincture and has no known side-effects.
3.) California Poppy
California Poppy contains sedative agents which will promote restful sleep and relieve anxieties.
It also acts as a pain reliever and is completely safe for children to use. There is quite a large amount of scientific proof that backs up the Californian Poppy’s claim for its sleep inducing abilities. It can be made into a tea but is not as effective in this form as others.
4.) Valerian Root
Valerian’s ability to act as a sedative and tranquilizer has been known for a long while and has been used in that form since the 1500s.
Its other medicinal properties have been in use far further back than that. The roots from the Valerian plant are used to make preparations for relieving stress, depression and anxiety as well as for pain relief and as an anti-spasmodic. Its best known use is for its ability to promote restful sleep.
One of the major benefits of Valerian as a sleeping aid is the fact that it leaves no morning after sluggishness. Here’s a simple recipe to prepare tea using dried Valerian root. Valerian can also be used in tincture form to get added benefits.
5.) St John’s Wort
This small shrub contains the power to alleviate depression even in quite severe cases. It is another plant whose medicinal properties has been known for centuries, in this case dating back to Ancient Greek civilisation. It is used extensively to treat those suffering with disturbed sleep and seems especially effective where sleep has been disrupted through over-anxiety or stress.
St John’s Wort can be bought as a tea preparation, in tincture form, as a powder or capsules.
6.) Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is commonly sold as therapy for poor sleep. It contains mild sedative properties and can also help with pain relief and to ease digestive problems.
Chamomile can also be bought as an essential oil which can be added to your bath water.
Good quality sleep is incredibly important for allowing us to operate at our optimum, physically, mentally and emotionally. Poor sleep will result in general health deterioration and will affect every aspect of our lives – our work, social life and relationships and can be a cause of depression.
Prolonged periods of poor or disturbed sleep may be due to some underlying health issue so it may be advisable to seek a medical opinion initially to eliminate this possibility.
Home remedies for better sleep are easily obtainable from health food stores, pharmacies, Internet stores and sometimes supermarkets.