How Natural Sleeping Aids Work

How Natural Sleeping Aids Work

Sleepless nights can drive you crazy but nature has a few ways to help you out.

It’s the umpteenth night in a row and you can’t get to sleep. You’ve tried sleeping pills but don’t like the physical after effects or the possible addictions that can come with them.

Thinking of going the natural route? It might be a good bet.

Melatonin is a natural sleeping aid that many people swear by. You can get it in the vitamin aisle and it works by increasing the level of this sleep hormone in your body. Humans naturally produce melatonin, which is the brains way of telling the body that it’s time to get some shuteye. It makes us feel drowsy and like we want to hit the hay.


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Word of warning: while studies have shown it to be relatively effective for some users at lowering the time taken to fall asleep and providing higher quality sleep, little has been studied on the long term effects of taking it. Some suggest that taking synthetically produced melatonin could reduce the amount the body produces, over time. It you take it for only a few weeks, experts say that it should be OK- and possibly quite helpful.

Valerian Root is another common natural sleep and it remains a bit more of a mystery, compared with melatonin. Some scientists believe this sleep aid works by increasing gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a chemical that acts to calm us down.


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Chamomile tea is taken by many just before bed. It doesn’t have much science to back it up, but try it for a week to see for yourself. I find it gives me vivid dreams (or something else I’m not eating does) but they’re pleasant so no complaints on this end.

Chamomile is thought to reduce anxiety and maybe this is how it allows for a sleepier night.

For a further list of sleeping aids, check out this list put together by

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