Natural Sleep Remedies for Any Time of YearDirect Health Shop Admin
This is an official sleep check: How well did you sleep last night? Just OK? Horribly? Not at all? Regardless, there’s sure to be some insight in this post that will help you be aware of your own sleep habits during or beyond Sleep Awareness Week (usually March 14–20). Furthermore, we’ll provide you with some natural sleep remedies you can use any time of year that may include supplements and more.
What are herbal remedies?
Before we dive into what specific herbal remedies can help you with sleep, let’s discuss what herbal remedies are exactly. Herbal remedies, unlike supplements, are physical plants used as medicine. To get technical, herbal remedies are closer to vitamins than they are supplements in most cases, as many vitamins can also come from a plant origin. Furthermore, vitamins derived from a healthy diet are great for boosting your immune system and protecting against the flu.
Again, this post will focus on herbal remedies for sleep. If you’re already curious about what other symptoms and ailments can be helped with common herbal remedies, we have another post for you! Be sure to check out herbal remedies that are great for fall (but really any time).
If you haven’t tried melatonin for sleep yet or even heard of it, we’re not going to say you’re late to the game, but you’re kind of late to the game. Melatonin is one of the most common and effective sleep supplements. You can even check out melatonin right here on Direct Health Shop.
Valerian root is a common ingredient in natural sleep aids and may appear alongside others like melatonin, passionflower, and chamomile. A good thing about valerian root is that it has been studied quite a bit and seems to not result in any side effects unless you take an excessive quantity.
Chamomile as a sleep aid likely isn’t news to you. You’ve probably heard of chamomile tea or even supplements infused with chamomile. That’s because it can really work for some people in that an antioxidant found in it can reduce anxiety.
Lavender is soothing for many reasons. Not only does its scent calm many people, but it also has natural anxiety- and stress-reducing properties. Not to mention, it’s also a natural anti-depressant.
You may find lavender helps put you to bed with supplements, teas, or other forms, such as aromatherapy — like a lotion, salve, or a lavender bath.
While there are magnesium supplements on the market, this doesn’t mean you should reach for them right away. Instead, consider adding some magnesium-rich foods to your diet. This includes greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
And, no, you don’t necessarily have to have these foods right before bed. That being said, higher levels of magnesium achieved through supplements (if your doctor OKs them) may also help your body absorb other sleep-promoting substances, like melatonin, per several studies like this one.
What else you can do to help your body
Unfortunately, the above remedies aren’t foolproof. You can easily be your own best friend (or worse enemy) when it comes to how well you sleep. Unsure where to start to get yourself back on track? You can help your body out a great deal by following some healthy sleep habits.
If tackling this whole list at once sounds impossible, just focus on one thing, or whatever seems to be what you struggle with most. Shoot for gradual improvements, and you should be snoozing soundly in no time. You can also read more about healthy sleep habits from the National Sleep Foundation.
- Before bed: Unwind by limiting distractions, noises, lights, and electronics prior to bedtime.
- How much you should sleep: Shoot for 7–9 hours each night, if possible.
- Create a schedule: Try to have the same schedule every day for bedtime and waketime.
- Keep your cool: Sleeping in a cool, dark room is also best.
- Practice gratitude or breathing: Or both! Thinking of what you’re grateful for before bed is a great way to fall asleep without those racing thoughts. Deep breathing also works (just don’t start hyperventilating).
We hope you enjoyed these natural remedies for sleep. Or, if you found them boring, perhaps you fell asleep before you got to this point in the post. Regardless, our work here is done! Be sure to read more of our blogs if you’re feeling up for it.