Sleep is something that we all need regularly and sound and undisturbed sleep is essential for proper functioning of the body and the mind. However, for many of us, attaining good sleep is a myth and entirely not possible in most cases. We are troubled by the vagaries of life and these indirectly affect our sleep patterns as well.
If you are a person who is entirely stressed out and cannot sleep, here are some wonderful herbal remedies that can help you slip into a slumber so deep that you emerge wonderfully rejuvenated and energized for the day. However, if the problem persists even after the sue of these potent remedies, it is best to consult a doctor for further advice.
Effective Herbal Remedies for Sleep
Kava is extensively used in Fiji and is their national drink as well. Kava promotes deep sleep and is a soothing remedy for frayed and taut nerves due to stress. It is also used as a moos enhancing herb as it takes you to a state of well being and euphoria and also enhances the quality of your dreams. Kava is however contraindicated in patients with liver problems and is also not recommended with alcoholic drinks.
Sometimes, lack of sleep can be due to tensions and accompanying stress and headaches. In such cases catnip is a great herb for treatment. Catnip too is mildly sedative and not a habit forming herb as well. It relaxes the body and mind. A tea can be brewed form the herb by adding a tablespoon of tea bag to a cup of boiling water and steeping for five minutes before taking it.
Valeria has mild sedative properties and the fact that valerian in not addictive in nature makes it an excellent remedy for attaining natural sleep. Valerian is also good in that it does not leave any feelings of hangover in the person who takes it for getting sleep. Valerian capsules are generally preferred as the herb has an offensive aroma and flavor and many not suit the taste buds and your olfactory sense.
It can also be combined with other herbs to form decoctions rather than take it alone. However, as valerian has sedative properties, remember not to take the herb if you are planning to drive or remain alert in the course of the day.
Chamomile is a soothing and calming herb that helps in attaining sleep. Chamomile helps in reducing anxiety and helps in calming the stomach and relaxing the muscles; all of which are necessary for sound sleep. Take chamomile tea bag and brew a hot tea, which can be taken one or two hours before you head off to sleep. This is known to be a sleep inducing herb and will prevent disturbed sleep at night.
Lemon balm is a medicinal herb, which has a lemony and refreshing aroma and is used for treating a host of diseases of the body. Lemon balm can be topically applied on the temples for attaining sleep and also for nerve related disorders. Crush the leaves and apply on the temples.
It has also been found that a combination of valerian as well as lemon balm is a better remedy for sleep related disorders. It also does not cause hangovers unlike conventional drugs. Taken for two weeks, it can tremendously improve the quality of your sleep.
Passion flower is a herbal remedy that is suggested by doctors for treating nerve exhaustion and also sleeplessness. It acts as a mild sedative and reduces anxiety when taken in the right dosage. Passionflower too can be combined with valerian for treating sleeplessness. It is also a pain relieving herb and can aid in good sleep when you have headaches and related disorders that can tamper with you sleep.
A climber by nature, it is generally used as a flavouring substance for beer. Hops is a great remedy for anxiety and acts as a nerve tonic, soothing a relaxing the nerves and aiding in the acquisition of good sleep. It is a mild sedative herb and is an approved herbal remedy in Germany for treating sleep disorders.
Hops can be used along with other sleep enhancing herbs like chamomile, valerian, passionflower, lemon balm etc. It is particularly effective when used with lemon balm for enhancing the quality of your sleep.
This sleep inducing herb belongs to the mint family and is widely used in America for treating sleep problems, anxiety and pain. Skullcap was used as a sedative for treating nervous excitement and epilepsy. For sleeplessness, it is generally combined with valerian for improving the efficiency of both the herbs. It also has few side effects and toxic history and is safely recommended by doctors for treating insomnia.
A Chinese herb that is used for treating several disorders like dysmenorrhea, cardiac arrhythmia, pain, insomnia etc, the rhizome of the plant is the most medicinal part of it. Corydalis is known to have some ingredients that promote relaxation to the nervous system and also relieve pain. 100 to 200 mg of the herb is known to aid in sound sleep for most patients.
The herb also does not cause any hangovers and side effects like vertigo and dizziness, which are common when treated for sleeplessness with certain herbs.
Bitter orange is a herbal remedy that is use for treating obesity, indigestion and insomnia. It is used as a sedative and laxative and also as a tonic for the nerves. The outer peel along with the white skin inside the fruit are the most medicinal part bitter orange.
A tincture can be prepared from the peel and 2 to 3 ml before bedtime is taken for attaining undisturbed sleep. The tincture is known to calm the nerves and act against insomnia due to stress and anxiety. It is also a great remedy for palpitations, indigestion, spasms, constipation, diarrhea etc.
Lavender is very calming and is widely used for aromatherapy for treating insomnia. A few drops of lavender oil can be added to you tub of warm water for soaking for half an hour before sleep. This will induce sound sleep. Lavender oil can also be used for inhaling or a tea prepared from the same for treating sleeplessness.