5 Herbs for Better Sleep

 

Sleep is a time when our body heals and rejuvenates itself. Better sleep makes us happier, healthier and more relaxed in every way. Most of us spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep or trying to get that needed sleep. That is why it is very concerning to know that an estimated 30% of the American population suffers from regular insomnia. Here are 5 simple herbs that may be useful in helping you achieve a better night’s sleep.Lemon Balm Tea-iStockphoto

1. Lemon Balm.

Also known as melissa, this top notch anti-anxiety herb is both a stomach soother and a sedative. It has been used as a relaxant since the Middle Ages in European folk medicine. Not only does this herb help you sleep, it improves mood and gently calms the mind.

2. California Poppy.

Studies have shown this herb to improve both sleep latency and quality. It is also a gentle analgesic and muscle relaxant and so it is also used to relieve pain that keep you awake at night.

3. Passion Flower.

This is best used when your mind has “circular thinking” and it just won’t quit. Herbalists consider this herb for insomnia that is a result of mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion.

4. Chamomile.

The herb of choice for those who can’t relax. Chamomile is a traditional sedative herb that is safe for children and adults alike. The tea is commonly used for insomnia and restlessness that is combined with irritability, particularly in children.

5. Hops.

With a long history as a sleep herb, this mildly estrogenic plant is wonderful for promoting deep sleep. A number of research studies have shown that a combination of Hops and Valerian is often an effective sleep remedy.