Drug Company Informative - Which Sleep Aid Do You Want?
Which sleep aid do you want?
In this fast paced world we all have trouble sleeping from time to time and the first thing we do is reach for a pill. After all isn’t that what the big drug companies tell us to do?
Your sleepless nights may be eased by correcting habits in your daily routine, such as exercising too late in the day or too much caffeine. But insomnia may also be caused by underlying medical problems that may be masked by just medicating your symptoms.
Why not try some effective nutrients instead of drugs that can help most people get much needed sleep?
Before retiring for the night, take the following:
· Buffered Vitamin C (magnesium or calcium ascorbate)
This helps induce sleep. Magnesium citrate. It is a natural relaxant and calmative. Melatonin. It will induce dreaming.
Other natural sleep aids:
· Calmative Teas
Chamomile, valerian root, passionflower and catnip all calm and sooth the nerves. Traditional Medicinals makes a tea called Nighty Night® containing a mixture of these herbs. And Celestial Seasonings makes a tea called Sleepytime®. For those who have to get up in the night to urinate, I suggest avoiding the teas.
Many of the flavonoids are anxiolytic, meaning they calm anxiety. The most useful are hesperidin and quercetin, which also reduce inflammation.
Take your fish oils one hour before bedtime. The omega-3 fatty acids suppress the cytokines that disturb sleep.
This is a product that contains a blend of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense — has been shown to reduce stress, promote a positive mood and induce restful sleep. It also slashes excess cortisol secretion, which can cause insomniacs to wake up during the night. You should not mix Relora with prescription medications or take it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Also known as Golden root or Artic root, it reduces stress and suppresses excess catecholamine excretion from the adrenal glands. Catecholamine is a hormone that can cause us to feel jittery and anxious.
While we usually associate this product with healthy joints, recent research has shown that it can also reduce immune damage.
· Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
This herb contains some powerful anti-inflammatory flavonoids that have been shown to protect the brain and calm anxiety. It has a long safety record and is backed up by extensive research.
These are but a few natural ways to get some sleep.
Good luck and Good Sleep!