5 Herbs to Help You Sleep
There are many reasons why sleep is so important, least of all trying to feel awake when making your morning coffee. There are quite a few symptoms, apart from simply feeling tired, that could be telling you that you need to catch up on some vital Z’s.
1. Feeling foggy
Brain fog – feeling as though you can’t focus on anything and your day passes by in a haze – is a sign you’re not getting enough sleep. We’re all prone to it, after a late night or an early morning, but if it’s happening more regularly, then see it as a sign that you should be getting more hours in bed than you currently are
If you’re feeling achy all over after a night’s sleep, it can be a sign that you haven’t produced enough growth hormone, which your body needs to repair tissue. So, if you’re achy for no particular reason, try a few more hours in bed and see how you feel.
3. Weight Gain
If you notice you’re putting on more weight than usual, without necessarily eating more, it could be down to not sleeping, too. This is also down to the lack of growth hormone, which helps burn fat. It even helps your skin repair itself, so getting more sleep can fight premature aging.
4. Weak immune system
This one is slightly harder to track, but if you have a habit of catching colds that never go away, it could be a sign that your immune system isn’t as strong as it should be. A few more hours’ rest can see you feeling better and less prone to catch everyone’s illness straight away.
So if you feel like you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, here’s a few herbal remedies that can get you sleeping earlier, and for longer, so you can start feeling like yourself again.
Melatonin is found naturally found in the body, and its main job is to regulate night and day cycles. When the sun sets, the body releases more melatonin which signals the body it’s time for sleep. It’s used for a variety of reasons, including jet lag, so you can shift between two time zones quicker.
This all-natural remedy can help fight insomnia by stimulating the brain’s GABA receptor, which releases sleep-inducing chemicals. There isn’t a wide amount of research on valerian and its effect on sleep, but it’s been used for centuries as both a sleep aid and an anti-anxiety remedy.
3. Lemon balm
Lemon balm has also been used for centuries to promote better sleep. You can make your own sleeping remedy with it, by socking the leaves in boiling water for around 10 minutes and drinking it as a herbal tea.
Passionflower is usually combined with other natural sleep remedies as it’s known for its calming qualities. You can also enjoy this one as a herbal tea, by infusing it in boiling water and straining it after around 10 minutes. Or they’re also available in capsules from most chemists.
5. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)
5-HTP works by increasing the production of serotonin, which can affect sleep as well as anxiety. It’s produced from the seeds of an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia L-theanine.
So by recognizing the importance of sleep, and trying some of the herbal remedies, you can be back to your normal self, and fight the brain fog.
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