Tired of being tired? Here’s what to look for before buying another over-the-counter sleep aid.
The sun’s going down, and you’re exhausted. Then a few hours later, you’re fully awake unable to go back to sleep. Your mind is spinning with all the things you need to do. You watch the minutes tick by on the clock, knowing you’re depriving yourself of your much-needed rest. But you just can’t force yourself to get those crucial zzz’s.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Each night, millions of American’s struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. In fact, 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.
Sleep is one of the most important ways to heal your body. Aside from the obvious restorative benefits, our bodies purge waste products from our cells while we sleep. And when we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies (and brains) stop functioning at their optimum best.
Of course, you could try using the standard range of over-the-counter drugs to help you sleep . . . but what do those artificial chemicals do to your body over the long haul?
The safest options for achieving quality sleep are organic alternatives. These are sleep aids made with natural and plant-based ingredients.
So what are the perfect ingredients to seek out when you’re looking for a natural sleep alternative? Here’s a rundown of the essentials to look for.
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)
GABA is an effective substance that limits and blocks neurotransmissions or brain signals. This amino acid helps to shut the brain down after a busy and hectic day. It has the ability to increase relaxation, reduce stress, alleviate pain, calm and balance your mood. And most importantly boost your sleep. In addition to all that, it can also stimulate your body’s natural growth hormone.
GABA is produced naturally in the brain, but can also be found organically in tea varieties such as green, black and oolong tea. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, and tempeh also have GABA.
Basically, GABA is like an all-natural wonder drug.
Melatonin is a hormone that your body produces naturally in your pineal gland when you’re asleep late at night. It plays a major role in the regulation of your body’s circadian rhythm and your day-to-day sleep-wake cycle. The time of day influences the amount of melatonin the body produces.
Because our body clock can sometimes be off-kilter from either a late night, an unscheduled nap or even jet lag, it is helpful to use supplements to maintain the right melatonin level for restful sleep. This is also essential for nightshift workers who need to sleep during the daytime.
Melatonin has also been proven to aid people who suffer from sleeping disorders by reducing the amount of time needed to fall asleep. And it improves the quality of sleep and extends your overall sleep time.
Often referred to as “Natures Valium,” Valerian Root is a powerful herb that has been used since ancient times to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and increase tranquility.
Valerian contains a number of compounds that help promote calmness by reducing GABA breakdown including valerenic acid, isovaleric acid, and an assortment of antioxidants.
While some aren’t a fan of its strong “earthy” smell, Valerian is backed by science for its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties, making it one of the best go-to natural ingredients for a restful night’s sleep.
Like GABA, vanilla extract is chockfull of super-calming qualities. It has the ability to help you relax and achieve a better night’s sleep. Studies have even shown that people who are exposed to vanilla (either by ingestion or smelling vanilla fragrance) have a drastically lower level of anxiety and even reduced claustrophobia.
Vanilla extract’s sedative benefits can even assist in lowering high blood pressure.
In a nutshell, Vanilla is another essential ingredient to help you reach a drowsy state of relaxation.
So there you go! Now you know the best all-natural ingredients to look for when searching for a sleep-aid to help you get those much needed zzz’s. Even better? Try to find a product that combines all four!
With a little help from mother nature and the right ingredients, you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time![row] [col span=”6″ span__sm=”12″]
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