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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN TAKE TO HELP US SLEEP…

What do you take to help you sleep?

I have probably covered most things on Sleep Sunday so it’s quite difficult to find something genuine to write about that might help your sleepless night become a good one so I decided to write today on herbal/natural sleep aids and also gummies which I truly found helped me get through some tough nights.

Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key part in regulating your natural body clock. You can take a manmade version of melatonin for short-term sleep problems (insomnia). It makes you fall asleep quicker and less likely to wake up during the night. It can also help with symptoms of jetlag. Studies have shown that melatonin improves sleep quality, particularly in the elderly. Melatonin is used to treat sleep problems in people aged 55 and over. It can sometimes be prescribed to help with sleep problems in children and to prevent headaches in adults. Melatonin is available on prescription only. It comes as slow-release tablets and a liquid that you drink.

Take Valerian as it is thought to have a sedative effect. Studies have shown that the root of the valerian makes getting to sleep easier and increases a deeper sleep. For thousands of years, the herb valerian has been used as a sedative in Europe and Asia. Many people throughout the world use it to treat insomnia and anxiety. It seems to give people better-quality sleep. It may also help them fall asleep faster.

Eat more leeks and onions or garlic and artichokes as they contain prebiotic fibres that fuel the healthy bacteria in our gut and can have a profound effect on our health and sleep.

Try a herbal remedy with hops, passionflower and Valerian.

A handful of other studies looking at clinical models also suggest that chamomile tea may help people relax. Sleep Tea – by Niche Tea has a chamomile and lavender blend that naturally eases tension, while the lemon blam creates a mile tranquilising effect. Sweet Dreams Tea – by Infinitea which has soft camomile and sweet apple notes, tempered with light mint. A luxury medley of flavours which include Apple, Lavender, Camomile, St. John’s wort, Lemon balm, Licorice, Fennel, Peppermint, Valerian, Natural flavours (organic compliant).

Lavender which has been around for years and years but of course is not something you can digest but again is available in tea form or you can use drops on your pillow, lavender eye masks, sprays for your pillow and even diffusers.

And The Mail recently wrote that “There is some evidence from good quality clinical trials that some herbal remedies can improve sleep. Saffron extract, passionflower and ashwagandha root have all been studied. ‘The effects weren’t huge, but there were no increased adverse reactions,’ says Dr Selsick. ‘So they’re worth trying.’ Also available in pharmacies and health-food shops are supplements such as valerian (aka ‘nature’s Valium’) and magnesium, which is an essential mineral for health. A magnesium deficiency is thought to cause restless sleep.”

I have recently found SureSleep from the company DNA to really help me sleep better. I would normally wake up several times with pain and then find it difficult to get back to sleep but these have really helped me settle down and go back to sleep again. Each capsule contains 400mg SureSleep (Prunus Cerasus, Rhodiola Rosea, Valerian Root).

Source: Niche, Infinitea NHS Web MD DNA

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