We all know that sleep is important so here’s how to get a better night’s rest
Do you often lay awake at night, tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep? Are a million thoughts running through your mind? Do you struggle to turn off your brain at night? If so, you inevitably lay awake restless, irritated and wide awake. Trouble sleeping strikes most people at one time or another, usually due to excess stress. In today’s busy world, it’s no surprise that many of us suffer from sleep problems.
Can you relate to any of these symptoms?
- difficulty falling asleep
- waking up during the night
- not feeling refreshed in the morning
- difficulty concentrating
- daytime drowsiness
If you can relate to some or all of these signs of insomnia, you aren’t alone. In fact, 35% of Canadians have difficulty going to or staying asleep. Considering how important sleep is to overall health, this is an alarming statistic.
When you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, your health suffers. Research indicates that a lack of sleep can lead to a multitude of health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, weight gain and obesity.
Sleep also helps your brain function properly so you can concentrate, make decisions, and other basic functions on a daily basis. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting 7 – 9 hours a night. And if you aren’t, your brain and body suffer and your immune system loses its ability to help fight disease. You may find that you are more prone to illness.
Traditional herbs can help you sleep better
There are many herbs that been traditionally used to calm, relax, and induce sleep. Some of these soothing herbs include chamomile flower, lemon balm, linden flower, passionflower, skullcap, and lavender.
Each of these herbs is known for its calming, sleep-inducing properties and can help ease sleeplessness and insomnia, especially when combined in a synergistic formulation. These herbs are non-habit-forming, making them perfectly safe to take whenever you need help getting a better night’s rest.
When looking for a sleep aid, be sure to choose an all-natural, liquid herbal blend that combines some, or all, of the herbs mentioned. A liquid format ensures that the product is quickly absorbed and can immediately begin calming and relaxing you in preparation for a restful sleep. If getting a good night’s sleep sounds like a dream, try a liquid herbal sleep aid tonight for a better tomorrow.
If you’re looking for a better night’s rest and are struggling due to jet lag, see my article on How to Avoid Jet Lag by using melatonin.
Article updated May 2017.
A version of this article was originally published in French in Le monde au naturel magazine April 2014 issue on page 38.