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Best Natural Sleep Aids

By on September 1, 2015

Best Natural Sleep Aids

There are so many reasons why it could be hard to get to sleep at night. If you work odd hours, this can interrupt your body’s sleeping patterns.

Things like stress, anxiety, worry, and depression can also interfere with sleep. Illness can even be a contributing factor. No matter the case, there are times when virtually every one of us has trouble catching z’s. However, you don’t have to turn to medications, which could also come along with worrisome side effects.

Instead, there are natural sleep aids that will help you drift off no matter the situation so that you don’t have to revert to something you would rather not take. Let’s look at some of these natural options you could choose.


Your body already creates some amount of melatonin. It is a hormone created by a gland in your brain. Its sole job is to regulate the circadian rhythms (your sleep patterns). Melatonin levels increase in your blood when it is bedtime. However, for some people, their brains are just not producing enough. Others who have to sleep during the day due to their jobs may not have enough of it due to the circadian rhythm in their body.

It is possible to take melatonin as a natural supplement for its sleep aid capabilities. Studies have found that just .3 milligrams of melatonin can be very helpful. If you have trouble getting to sleep, then choose a fast release variety. If you have trouble staying asleep, then choose a slow release variety.


This is a supplement regularly used for both insomnia and anxiety. A few studies have found that valerian can actually help a person fall asleep and can even help improve sleep quality. One benefit of valerian is that it doesn’t cause morning grogginess like many medications will.


For many years, people have been drinking chamomile tea as a way to relax and get to sleep, and this herb can be a successful sleep aid. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so these are added benefits. Usually, the herb is taken in a tea, but it could be used in juices too.


Do you know how you get really sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal? That’s because turkey contains tryptophan, which helps to create serotonin. Tryptophan has been studied extensively over the years and is successful at relaxation and sleep. It is found in certain foods including milk. If you take tryptophan, it is important that you not take it in high doses because it has occasionally caused unnecessary side effects for some people.

You don’t have to turn to drugs in order to get some sleep. In fact, there are plenty of natural products that will help you relax. Some of these can be taken in supplement form. Others can be used in foods or can even be mixed in with juices. That way, when you get ready to hit the sack, you will find it so much easier to relax and drift off to dream. You’ll find that getting enough sleep will positively affect your whole day.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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