Between Sleeps : Herbal Sleep Remedy
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb
Valerian Root is being researched in Switzerland while "naturoceuticals" are gaining a following in the United States. The stressed out masses are looking for the magic bullet that can provide an herbal sleep remedy that really works.
Supplements are being purchased in mass quantities by health conscious consumers in search of something that will give them an edge over sleep deprivation.
Herbal Sleep Remedy List
Valerian Root: Non addictive and has been used as an herbal sleeping and insomnia aid like Serenite in folk remedies for several centuries. Commonly served in the form of tea as is other herbal sleep aids such as lemon balm and Chamomile. Since Valerian is a muscle relaxant, care needs to be taken to use this herb only when ready for sleep.
I personally tried just pure valerian, and wasn't too sure about it. It gave me some strange dreams, and I still felt a bit groggy in the morning. Maybe it's good when mixed with other herbs that work in unison though.
Lavender: In its essential oil packaging, this herbal remedy may be useful in calming individuals when placed either in a bath or used in massage therapy.
Passionflower: Used extensively in Europe, this herb is very helpful when sleeplessness is due to nervous tension.
Kava kava: Useful in addressing sleep issues that are exacerbated by pain. This product has a combined effect of muscle relaxant and anxiety reducer. 200-300 mg. at bedtime is often enough to realize effectiveness.
There are numerous herbal sleep remedies that may have some positive effect on sleeplessness although their primary usefulness is often embedded in dementia and psychological disorders.
Herbal sleep aids have been a part of world culture since time began. Perhaps it is due to mankind's propensity to worry over so many things. Since we will always have reasons to be concerned it makes sense to explore the remedies available that provide a natural remedy with little if any side effects.
According to the Better Sleep Council:
27% of women say sleep is the most important component to their overall well-being.
16% of women would try getting a good nights sleep to improve their overall wellness.
31% of suburban moms are likely to make sleep a priority.
50% of women with children agree that sleep is the best way to recharge.
45% of women agree they feel most refreshed after a good nights sleep.
65% of all respondents indicate they lose sleep because of stress.
Herbal sleep remedies are gaining an audience as the pace of life quickens. Rest is becoming a high priority among the world's populace, but we are plagued with the question of how to make rest effective and restful.
The answer may well lie in the common sense wisdom of past generations who would rather find solace in a remedy of proven herbal sleep aids than in pharmaceuticals that don't always have a track record of reliability and may well have highly undesirable side effects.