Getting Your Sleep Part 2

Getting Your Sleep Part 2

Sleeping Naturally

For centuries, people have turned to natural remedies in their efforts to end sleeplessness.

Warm milk before bedtime is one popular option. We now know that it contains protein-like molecules called peptides, which have been found to ease stress and promote sleep.

Herbs are also commonly used to induce slumber. Chamomile is the best-known herbal sleep aid; others include hops, a mild sedative; lemon balm, which helps settle the stomach; passionflower, a muscle relaxant; and valerian, which eases anxiety.

The most popular herb on the planet right now is hemp and especially CBD, its most notable extract. In addition to helping reduce stress and pain—two key contributors to insomnia—hemp/CBD has also been linked to improvements in REM sleep (the stage in which vivid dreaming occurs).

Tea is another herb; while it has caffeine, it also supplies theanine, which induces calming alpha brain waves.

Theanine acts by affecting levels of neurotransmitters, which carry messages between nerve cells. One messenger in particular, GABA, promotes relaxation and helps soothe anxiety. Neurotransmitter function is also affected by the hormone melatonin, which controls the wake/sleep cycle; the amino acid tryptophan is a key melatonin building block.

All of these substances are available in supplemental form in various combinations. Always look for well-formulated products free of common allergens and GMOs.

Poor sleep is frustrating. Fortuately, there are natural ways to get the rest you need.

Please visit our website for more information on this and other great health topics. Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.

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