If you’re having trouble getting enough shut-eye, rest assured you are not alone. Around 1 in 3 people experience trouble sleeping.
There are a variety of potential causes of sleeping problems, and some could be more serious than others. Be sure to connect with your health professional if you are having trouble sleeping, as they will be able to provide tailored advice that will work best for you.
Here we have compiled some of our favourite ingredients to support sleep health. These ingredients may help support restful sleep, and together with consulting a health professional, may help you increase your sleeping hours, so you feel more rested and ready to tackle your day.
Valeriana officinalis (valerian)
The effects of valerian for sleep have been recognised for over 2000 years. In traditional western herbal medicine, valerian has been shown to:
- help reduce the time to fall asleep
- help support a refreshing sleep
- reduce restless sleep
- help with mind relaxation
Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)
Lemon balm is an ancient herb that is commonly used to induce a sense of calm, which may help promote a restful sleep.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that can be found in foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, legumes and wholegrains, to name a few.
When taken as a supplement, Magnesium has a range of potential benefits, one of which is related to sleep health. Magnesium plays a role in sleep regulation in the body.
Some research shows that magnesium may help support restless sleep and may support calming the mind to help support sleep health.
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)
Lavender...who doesn’t love the smell! Lavender is an aromatic plant that people often use as a mist on their pillow before bed, or even as an essential oil to fill the house with a beautiful scent.
You might be surprised to discover that lavender extract can be found in sleep supplements as it has been researched for several therapeutic actions.
Lavender has a long history of traditional use as a sleeping aid, and may help to have a calming and soothing effect on the body.
Ziziphus jujuba var spinosa (ziziphus)
Ziziphus (Ziziphus jujuba var spinosa) seeds have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a sleeping aid.
Passiflora incarnata (passionflower)
Passionflower is a traditional herbal product that is commonly used as a sleep aid. Limited research shows that this herb may assist with sleep in people who are experiencing mild sleeping problems. In traditional western herbal medicine passion flower is used to induce sleep and reduces sleeplessness and the time it takes to fall asleep.
Prunus cerasus (sour cherry)
There has been some research to assess the effectiveness of sour cherry juice to help with sleep quality. It has also been used in traditional western herbal medicine as a sleep aid.
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Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.