A restless night of tossing and turning is enough to wear you down for the entire next day. This article from Herbal Academy of New England suggests 7 herbal remedies to help! Whether it’s anxious thoughts or physical ailments keeping you up, these herbs address a variety of reasons our bodies resist sleep.
For wired minds that can’t stop thinking, lemon balm might do the trick:
This one might be more appropriate for those with anxiety-related insomnia. Another wonder-herb, lemon balm is a mint used to treat everything from insomnia to heartburn and cold sores. It contains a wide class of chemicals called terpenes which are known to calm nerves and reduce anxiety. A study was conducted testing the effects of lemon balm and valerian on restlessness and dyssomnia (a class of disorders that make sleeping difficult) in children. The study found that 80.9% of children with sleeping disorders managed to get a better night’s sleep (Muller and Klement, 2006). That’s nothing to sneeze at!
Along with lemonbalm, the Herbal Academy recommends tryptophan-rich foods, such as beans, nuts, seed, fish, and poultry (especially turkey). Trypotophan is used in the process of melatonin production. L-Theanine can also be a help, an amino acid found in green tea!
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