February 10, 2021 3 min read
If you're struggling to get some shut eye then you may have thought about natural sleep aids. Indeed, it makes sense to take advantage of natural methods before making a trip to the doctors. After all, a doctor will often suggest natural sleep aids as a first port call. Whilst it might be tempting to ask for prescription sleeping tablets, the negatives can often outweigh the positives. For example they are highly addictive and can often leave you feel drowsy the next day. Here, at Beds on Legs , we've compiled a list of some natural sleep aids that you may want to try in your search for a good night's sleep.
Valerian is well know sleep aid that is extracted from the root of the plant. In fact Valerian is often described as 'nature's Valium'. This is because, numerous people have reported that it can help reduce anxiety and therefore promote sleep. Indeed, there are numerous studies that show valerian can reduce the amount of time it takes to get off to the land of nod. You can read one of the studies here. Valerian is available at a number of health food shops both on the high street and online.
If you have researched natural sleep aids in the past then you'll probably already know that Chamomile is a go to for many people. Indeed, Chamomile is a long standing sleep remedy. As with Valerian, this because it is believed to have calming properties that can help us unwind from the stresses of the day. It has been argued that it has this effect because it contains an antioxidant called apigenin. Whilst chamomile can be taken in a number of ways, most people enjoy it as a drink as part of their bedtime ritual.
Another well known sleep inducer is lavender. Again, people have been harvesting the relaxing properties of this plant for centuries. The reason lavender is believed to be so effective is because of it's soothing qualities on the nervous system. One of the most popular ways to use lavender is by using it as a mist and spraying it on your pillow at night.
CBD oil is the new kid on the block when it comes to natural sleep aids. However, over the last few years it has become increasingly popular with those searching for a restful night's sleep. Whilst research is still thin on the ground as to its effectiveness, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. If you're new to CBD oil then it is best to start at a lower dose and work your way up. This is because everyone has a different tolerance levels. Therefore it may take some playing around to get the correct dose.
Magnesium is a major player when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Therefore, if you're struggling to sleep then it makes sense to incorporate it as a supplement. There are a number of reason why magnesium is believed to aid sleep. Firstly, it helps to relax the muscles, brain and nervous system. And secondly it helps to convert protein into chemicals that make you feel sleepy. Besides helping you sleep, magnesium has a number of other benefits. For example it can help ease chronic pain and can help relieve depression.