Quick tip: Some herbs can help you sleep like a baby. Natural herbs like Lavender, Chamomile flower, Oats, Valerian, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Ashwagandha are particularly effective. You can also try our gentle herbal sleep aid, LUNA Melatonin-Free to help you drift into easy, restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
Wondering what can compensate for a good night’s sleep? Nothing!
This is why when insomnia kicks in and you find yourself counting sheep when you should be sleeping like a baby [without a care in the world] it can be frustrating, exhausting, and counter-productive at the same time.
When you think about it, quality sleep is as vital to your health and happiness as eating healthy and engaging in regular exercise.
So, why do I struggle to get a good night’s sleep?
Well, one culprit is cortisol, a stress hormone that can easily disrupt our sleep-wake cycle.
And while cortisol is super important for our daily function, too much or too little of it can cause an imbalance that leads to all kinds of sleep disorders, including insomnia.
Cortisol tends to be high in the morning, giving you that get-up-and-go energy you need to take charge of your day.
The challenge comes when cortisol is high in the evening, charging you up when you should be winding down. So, every time cortisol [the stress hormone] refuses to hand over the baton to melatonin [the sleep hormone] at bedtime, sleeplessness results.
Thankfully, there’s a way out!
If you’re having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep on your own, these 5 [well-researched] herbs will drag you to Zzz world in no time.
Lavender is high in essential oils which help relieve stress and improves sleep. This violet wonder’s ability to help you fall asleep is due to the essential oils present which paves the way for a good night’s sleep when inhaled or ingested.
#2: Chamomile flower
This flower also produces essential oils that help calm the body down during periods of stress, thereby improving sleep. Aside from essential oils, Chamomile flower also contains apigenin [an antioxidant known to calm you down when you’re feeling anxious]
Ashwagandha is a tonic root that helps the body calm down after prolonged stress. It achieves this by boosting energy and cognition. And since stress contributes significantly to high cortisol levels that keep your mind and body awake when it should be shutting down, this root is particularly effective
Cinnamon provides a soothing, sweet flavor that knocks you off to sleep. And because sleeplessness can lead to high cortisol levels which in turn can lead to insulin resistance and then Type 2 diabetes, cinnamon comes to the rescue by reducing insulin resistance as well as improving glucose tolerance
#5: Valerian root
Valerian dates back to 1000’s of years, gaining its reputation as a natural sleep aid. It has a remarkably calming effect that helps your mind and body relax and prepare for sleep. So, if you’re looking for a herb to help with insomnia, anxiety, or stress...go Valerian.
That’s it people -- but before you go…
Why not try our gentle herbal sleep aid, LUNA Melatonin-Free which combines some of the herbs mentioned above [and more] to help you drift into easy, restful sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed. Ready? Get it, right here.