Nutrients for a Better Sleep Valerian
is used to ease insomnia, anxiety and nervous restlessness. Valerian is a mild sedative believed to increase GABA and GABA induces relaxation. Hops - A sedative and calming agent, hops is another favorite in herbal medicine for relieving nervousness and improving sleep. Passionflower
is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Several studies have found passionflower to be effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.Chamomile -
Studies support chamomile’s main use as a calming agent and sleep aid.Melatonin
is well known for its ability to control our sleep-wake cycle since it is secreted in darkness and suppressed by light. TIPS FOR A RESTFUL SLEEP
- Do not drink coffee, pop or tea after 3 pm. Do not exercise at night.
- Ensure that your room is free of light. Light inhibits melatonin production.
- Take a hot bath at bedtime. Add 2 cups (500 mL) of Epsom salts and 1 cup (250 ml) of baking soda along with essential oils of lavender or chamomile.