Insomnia is a disorder that can affect every aspect of your life. If you can’t sleep well or at all, you and those around you are going to suffer. Insomnia affects work performance, relationship stability, and basic human functions that we need to survive. There are many pharmacological drugs on the market that are designed to help you get to sleep, but those tend to have a flurry of unknown side effects. If you’re looking for a way to get some rest, then you may want to use herbal insomnia remedies.
There are many herbs that can provide a soothing, somnolent feeling that will help you fall asleep and stay that way. We’ll talk about a few them below.
This is one of the most well-known herbal remedies for a wide variety of different ailments. It can help treat anxiety and an overactive mind—two culprits for the fomentation of insomnia. You can use it in a warm tea to get the best effects. It works in similar ways to the drug Valium, but is, of course, all-natural.
You can purchase Valerian in capsules, but, rest assured, this remedy is herbal and all-natural. Valerian tinctures and Valerian root tea can also provide similar effects, but be aware that Valerian in its natural state has a somewhat unpleasant odor and taste. Still, it’s a great way to quiet an anxious mind that is keeping you up all night. It works as a low-grade sedative and you will feel the effects right away.
This herb is effective for treating stress and anxiety. The ideal time to use Ashwagandha is if you often find yourself waking up too early. Sometimes, we will wake up and our bodies will produce a natural spike in cortisol which increases anxiety (and keeps us awake). If this happens to you, just take about 500mg of Ashwagandha and get back to bed.
- Passion Flower
Passion flower is safe for everyone (including children) and can be taken in high doses with no ill effects. Like Ashwagandha, it can be used if you find yourself waking up periodically throughout the night. It is highly effective at calming your nerves and putting you back to sleep right away. Of course, if you find that your dosage is too small, just increase it. There are no harmful side effects to taking passion flower.
- Magnolia Bark
Magnolia bark is one of the most effective herbal insomnia remedies. It promotes drowsiness very quickly after you take it, and most herbalists recommend taking it only at night or when you wake up in the middle of the night. If you take it during the day, then try to avoid operating heavy machinery or driving as these activities could be dangerous. But, if you’re just getting ready for bed, pop a magnolia bark capsule and have sweet dreams!