On an average, an adult human needs 7-9 hours of sleep. Although it is common to have occasional sleepless night, if the condition persists, then medical help should be sought or various herbal remedies could be used.
Due to the stress, sleep deprivation is a common problem. Sometimes, you are so tired that you want to sleep. But, when you try, you sleep lightly or unable to sleep at all. In such cases, exhaustion takes over and you end up taking sleeping pills.
The pills have side effects and are not desirable. The other action is taking natural or herbal medication that do not have any side effects. Consuming certain herbs will not only calm you down but also help you sleep peacefully.
Valerian is a herb that induces restful sleep without any side effects. It has been clinically proven that valerian improves sleep quality, and helps people who are affected by insomnia.
People with minor sleeping problems may find it extremely helpful. This herb also relieves spasms and helps in proper digestion. Herbal tea made from valerian root is useful for people affected by insomnia.
Soak teaspoon of valerian roots in a cup of warm water for a day. Now, strain and heat it, and consume before dinner or just before going to sleep. However, note that this herb acts as a central nervous system depressant, and should not be taken regularly.
Chamomile is used to treat insomnia and a wide range of other health disorders. A cup of chamomile tea in the night may help you get a good night's sleep.
This herb also helps to ease tension and anxiety. Cover the tea to retain the medicinal effects and take it with honey. This is not only one of the best natural herbs for anxiety, but is also the best natural herb for sleeping.
Also known as one of the calming herbs, lemon balm is used to reduce stress and induce restful sleep.
It is used with herbs like valerian, to induce sleep. If you are affected by minor sleep disorders or not able to sleep once in a while, make lemon balm tea by pouring a cup of hot water on fresh leaves. Allow it to steep and sip slowly before going to bed.
This herb has sedating and tranquilizing properties, but it doesn't give you a dazed feeling in the morning. This herb can be consumed in the form of tea or a capsule.
Passionflower tea is made by pouring a cup of hot water on a few leaves and allowing the mixture to steep before drinking it. This tea can be consumed before dinner. It is also known as a good herb for depression.
Wild lettuce has a relaxing and calming effect, and it is useful for people who are affected by insomnia. It also helps in relieving muscular pain and is used to treat whooping cough in children. This herb can be infused to make tea.
Another way to use this herb is by taking a bath by mixing some leaves in a bathtub full of hot water.
Hops, a flowering herb is used to treat many health issues. It is effective in sleep disorders and reduces anxiety, treats insomnia and restlessness. A popular remedy is to fill a pillow with hops and use it to get sound sleep.
Kava is used to treat depression and anxiety. It is also good for insomnia. It can be taken as powder or capsule. Large doses of this herb are used for deep sleep. However, as it can cause addictions, large doses are not recommended.
Tea made of jasmine flowers has a calming effect on nerves. Apart from this, jasmine is used to treat menstrual problems, sensitive skin, and weak stomach. Jasmine is used in many herbal remedies as it helps in relieving many illnesses.
Do not exceed the consumption of these herbs and don't make it a habit of using these natural herbs everyday. As too much of any of these herbs may lead to side effects. Ask for expert help in order to derive maximum benefits from these herbs.
Disclaimer:This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
May 28, 2021
ORNELLA BINNI, Brian Patrick Tagalog, Jef Wright, Nik Owens, Giorgi Iremadze