Did you know that the amount of sleep you get each night can have a major effect on your overall health and wellbeing? Research suggests that consistently having less than seven hours sleep a night can impact on your nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognitive function and even your lifespan. Ensuring that you are getting enough sleep and that the sleep you are getting is ‘good’ sleep is important. So, how can herbal medicine help?

Valerian Root

Valerian root is one of the most effective herbal medicines for sleep and is often used as a natural, non-addictive alternative to Valium. Used in ancient Greece and Rome as a remedy for insomnia, nervousness and stress, valerian root increases the levels of a neurochemical known as gamma aminobutyric acid (or GABA),which has a calming effect in the body.

Herbal Tea

A good quality herbal tea is a great way to calm the mind and wind down in the evening. Teas specifically formulated to help you sleep contain natural ingredients such as valerian, hops and lemon balm, all of which have a calming effect and promote a restful sleep. Passionflower tea is another wonderful remedy for sleeplessness as it mildly relaxes the nervous system, promoting relaxation.

Hypericum

Hypericum or ‘St John’s wort’ is one of the most widely-used used natural medicines for anxiety, stress-related symptoms and sleep disorders. Whilst it’s most commonly used as a natural anti-depressant, it’s calming effects can also help greatly with restlessness and sleep-related issues.

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