By: Numaira N.
Nearly 70 million adults suffer from some form of sleep disorder in the United States alone.
I am sure we all understand quality sleep is essential for our mental and physical health. But that is easier said than done for many of us.
In order to be in our best mental and physical state, we regularly need a good night’s sleep.
Deep sleep can help rejuvenate the body and mind, helping improve learning, creativity, memory, and decision-making.
Not getting sufficient sleep, on the other hand, can lead to health risks including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes to name but a few.
Now, you could always choose to just pop a sleeping pill and knock yourself out! However, that isn’t healthy. Not at all! Such prescription drugs are downright dangerous and have many unhealthy side effects.
So what do us insomniacs have to do to get some shut-eye? Well, luckily there are plenty of natural remedies and supplements available that can help induce deep refreshing sleep!
5 Natural Remedies For Deep Sleep
Our pick of the five best natural remedies for natural sleep promotion includes; melatonin, lavender, valerian root, passionflower, and of course, yoga and exercise! So let’s take a closer look at the benefits of using these natural remedies.
The use of melatonin to help regulate sleep cycles is a fairly recent discovery that has already shown tremendous results.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that our body produces which is responsible for triggering sleep.
Taking melatonin supplements can therefore directly signal to the brain that it is time to sleep, helping people with sleep disorders fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
The use of melatonin aids in the improvement of daytime sleep quality and duration. This is why its use has become increasingly popular amongst individuals who do shift work or suffer from jet lag as a result of constant traveling.
These purple flowers found almost everywhere in the world, hold many medicinal properties that have been used to heal various ails throughout humanity’s history.
However, did you know that the fragrance produced by lavender can help enhance sleep quality, especially, for those that suffer from mild insomnia?
Yes, this beautiful flower still holds many secrets. Simply taking in the scent of lavender from a bottle of lavender oil is enough to make you fall asleep and keep you dreaming.
The form of lavender aromatherapy is a popular way to destress and relax. That in itself can lead to better quality sleep.
Not to be confused with ‘Valyrian Steel’ from Game of Thrones, this natural remedy is, however, in many ways, just as magical when it comes to promoting deep sleep as well as combating anxiety, depression, and even menopause symptoms.
Valerian root is widely used in North America and Europe as a sleep-promoting herbal supplement. However, its effectiveness is still disputed in the scientific community.
For some, it works, and they swear by it. For others, it doesn’t seem to be as effective. The only way to know is to try it yourself and see if it helps.
Long-term use can result in side effects such as diarrhea, headache, nausea, and heart palpitations. Being natural, however, it is perfectly safe to consume in small quantities.
No flower is more precious for those that suffer from insomnia. Passionflower, native to North America, has long been thought to be the secret local cure for inducing sleep.
Typically brewed into a tea, and consumed one hour before bedtime, this natural flower is said to help increase sleep time and sleep efficiency.
Although there is no definitive research that proves either of these claims, many love this all-natural remedy to help them sleep. For them, it is almost a ritual!
Yoga & Exercise
With its origins stemming from Indian philosophy, yoga is a form of relaxation, breathing, spiritual healing, and exercise. It is a union of mind, body, and spirit and has proven to be an effective way of improving sleep and relieving insomnia symptoms.
If yoga is not your thing. General exercise is equally as effective. Go for walks, or spend an hour at the gym. Maybe, even a morning run? Whatever works for you to help keep your body active. This will in turn lead to better sleep and general overall health.
Other Honorable Mentions
Sleeping conditions, light exposure, and what you eat and drink can also impact sleep quality. Make sure you have comfortable bedding, minimum light exposure, and refrain from consuming caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine well before sleeping. Cutting back on sugar and eating foods rich in magnesium can also help with insomnia and sleep disorders.
We hope these natural remedies help get you the good night’s rest you deserve! Let us know if you have any other natural remedies for deep sleep that have worked for you. We would love to know!
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