If you are looking for ways to get a good nights sleep, but want to steer of sleeping pills, then this article will help you out. There are plenty of natural, healthy alternatives to sleeping pills.There are both herbs that you can take in pill, tea, or tincture, as well as fruits and vegetable juices that can help you get a good nights rest.
Before we get started and discuss the different herbs that you can use, you should also consider exercise. There have been lots of studies that show the beneficial correlation between sleep and moderate exercise throughout the week. You don’t have to be a gym rat, or run marathons, but it does help to get a decent amount of exercise. So, if you are rushed in the mornings, you might want to go jogging after work. Or swimming, if you have bad joints and have access to a swimming pool.
Valerian is a popular herb that is well known for helping you fall to sleep. Even places such as the Mayo Clinic have write ups on this. You can get Valerian tea (though it does have an unpleasant smell). So, what most people do is choose pills or liquid drops.
Passion flower is mostly used for treating anxiety, though it does have a calming effect. In places such as Germany, it’s often used as an alternative to anti-anxiety drugs because those drugs have side effects that the herb passion flower does not have. There has been a ton of research on the herb and its ability to calm down the mind. People who are looking to avoid Benzodiazepines yet still want a calming presence will find help with passion flower.
You can take extract pills or in a liquid.
Tart cherries are rich in melatonin. You can just these cherries, but it can be difficult. You need to get the pits out of the cherries, which takes time. An easier alternative is to just get some pure tart cherry juice. If you live near a health food store you can pick up a bottle of cherry juice. As an alternative, you can get tart cherry juice concentrate online.
The old, tried and true chamomile is a go to favorite for many people. This herb has a very pleasant taste. You will find it in most grocery stores in the popular :”sleepytime” mix. Some companies will sell straight chamomile, while others will sell
Fresh Green Juice
And of course, don’t forget fresh green juice. Besides being super healthy, green juice is full of calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are very calming and will help you relax. Most leafy greens are perfect for this because they don’t have the same amount of sugar that fruit juices have. You can make a leafy green drink ahead of time and have it before you go to bed. Something like a kale and spinach blend with lemons or a green apple. If you want to get really fancy and spice up the drinks “sleepy” quotient, then you should