Natural Sleep Remedies

If you require a little help getting to sleep, consider trying natural sleeping tablets, herbs, vitamins and remedies that actually work to aid sleep and to raise melatonin levels naturally.

Melatonin is the hormone that is produced by the pineal gland and is the hormone of sleep. It is triggered by darkness and normally its levels remain elevated throughout the night and suppressed by the light of the morning. However, there are many factors which lower melatonin levels in the body, the most common ones being ageing and stress, with the result being insomnia, lack of sleep & an inability to sleep.

There are many natural sleep supplements; the most research-based herbs and supplements include Valerian, Chamomile, Magnolia, 5-HTP, Magnesium & Cherry extracts.

Valerian naturally displays sedative properties and has a long history of use for treating sleep disorders. It is believed that it raises the calming chemical GABA in the brain.

Magnolia extracts work to physically relax muscles and nerves and reduce levels of stress hormones that diminish melatonin levels in the brain.

Many people drink Chamomile tea because of its gentle sedative properties.

5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytrytophan, is a nutrient that raises levels of l-trytophan, a basic amino acid required to manufacture serotonin. Increasing serotonin levels raises natural melatonin levels in the brain.

Magnesium is often used for sleep. Magnesium may improve your sleep by activating the mechanisms that relax the body. Additionally, people with low magnesium levels often experience restless sleep and poor sleep.

Cherries and cherry extracts contain natural melatonin. Used over a period of time, tart cherry extracts and juices may help restore poor sleep pattern.

Natural sleep remedies are generally non-habit forming and recognised as safe.