Are you tired? Chances are you answered an enthusiastic YES to that question, and you’re not alone! More than 60% of Canadians report feeling tired most of the time, and nearly 30% of us get less than six of the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. And, though these days not having time to sleep is often seen as something of a “badge of honor” in our society, the realities of sleep deprivation are less than desirable.
Yes, sleep is as important as eating and hydrating; it’s an integral time when our bodies recover, repair, refuel and get us ready for another day. Lack of sleep can mean everything from mental fogginess to forgetfulness; depression and erectile dysfunction; increased risk for heart disease, premature aging and, yes, weight gain. With stakes that high, it’s a wonder why you’re still reading this article and not getting some spontaneous shut-eye! Here are some natural remedies for problematic sleeping.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates our sleep/wake cycles. Supplementing with melatonin at night is one of the most popular and effective natural sleep aids, helping you to fall asleep without waking up feeling drowsy.
While melatonin helps by altering the body’s sleep wake cycles, valerian root works to help lower anxiety levels and promote relaxation. It can be especially helpful for those who suffer from racing thoughts by helping to calm the nervous system.
Another natural remedy for sleeplessness is Holy Basil, which, similar to valerian root, helps to ease anxiety. Holy Basil helps reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone released when the body or mind is under pressure. It reduces the stress response and helps to calm the body allowing for sleep ease.
Another traditional herb effective in reducing stress and restlessness is Kava Kava. Its use can be traced back to the 1700’s. It helps calm the nervous system and allow for better, more restful slumber.