Very few things can be as frustrating as having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This is where sleep aids come in handy. However, many sleep aids are addicting and can cause problems with your body. That is why you want to look for natural sleeping aids. The sleeping aids in this article are all natural and when used properly can help you get to sleep quicker!
Melatonin is actually a hormone that your body naturally produces and is one of the best known and most widely used natural sleeping aids. Your body uses melatonin in order to control your sleep/wake cycle. As it starts to get later in the day your body starts to produce more melatonin which signals your brain that it is getting closer to the time to sleep. Throughout the night your body will maintain a high level of melatonin to help keep you asleep. As morning creeps nearer the level of melatonin in your body starts to drop so you can wake up.
While melatonin is naturally produced in the body, there are many reasons why someone might want to or need to take melatonin. One of the most common reasons is that a person works at night. Melatonin production is tied to light. If there is no light melatonin gets produced and vice versa. Therefore people who try to sleep during the day will face troubles producing melatonin naturally and will have to take a natural supplement.
It can also be used to treat disorders like seasonal affective disorder where people have trouble sleeping because of a lack of sunlight. It can also be used to prevent any kind of problems sleeping after surgery or a major life event.
- Lower Than Normal Body Temperature
- Vivid and/or Detailed Dreams
- Grogginess or Moodiness After Waking Up
- Minor Alterations in Blood Pressure
5 HTP has a long name, 5-Hydroxytryptophan, it is one of the many protein building blocks found naturally around the world. For a while now 5 HTP has been used as a natural treatment for many major sleep disorders, including insomnia and anxiety disorders like depression that can make it hard to sleep.
By promoting the production of serotonin 5 HTP helps to promote sleep. Serotonin is a chemical naturally produced by the body that, among other things, helps to regulate sleep. When you produce more serotonin your body has a better time sleeping.
Because serotonin is also used to control other thoughts and desires it is important that you find the right dose. Your doctor and you can work out the right dose. Another option is that you can see a naturopath who can help you find the right amount to help you sleep properly.
- Increased Sexual Desire
- Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome (EMS
- Ear Buzzing
L-Tryptophan is another protein building block, more specifically an Amino Acid. The difference is that L-Tryptophan is an essential Amino Acid, meaning the body can’t produce it by itself and it needs to be taken. It is used to make 5 HTP that was mentioned in the article above which then makes serotonin. It works in much the same way that 5 HTP does.
- Increased Sexual Desire
- Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome (EMS)
- Abdominal Pain
- Ear Buzzing
- Agitation, Aggression, and Other Altered Mood States
Valerian is unique on this list because it is a root that is harvested to help with sleeping disorders of all kinds. Valerian root can be used in a variety of ways, from a salve to a drink. Valerian works by helping the mind relax. It cuts down on anxiety and stress.
Studies have concluded that valerian root works by acting like many sedatives that can be found around the world. All it does is help to calm the mind. Most people who use Valerian root as a sleep aid use it in combination with another natural sleeping aid, such as melatonin or 5 HTP.
- Problems Thinking Clearly
- Odd Dreams
- Dry Mouth
These natural sleeping aids can help you once again have a good night’s sleep, all night. For the most part, they work a little differently and before using two together you should do your research to make sure they are safe. Never combine sleeping aids, even natural ones, with surgery-grade anesthesia, this can cause serious issues. Good luck, and have a good sleep.