Mother Nature has a Plan
Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways to make up for what you lack in swift-drifting-to-sleep ability. (Of course, it’s best to ask your doctor first.)
The root of the Valerian plant has been used as a sleep aid since ancient times. While the jury is out among modern scientists, Valerian Root’s lack of side effects and long-documented sedative properties make it a popular alternative to conventional prescription insomnia drugs. You can use it as a tea, an infusion, or a capsule. Just don’t take it too long, as prolonged use has been linked to causing insomnia.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that plays a role in our sleep-wake cycles. By supplementing your body’s natural Melatonin, you can get back to sleep when your sleep cycle has been disrupted. It’s inexpensive, available over the counter, and when taken for a short time can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep.
We all know what it’s like to feel “Thanksgiving Full”, and that’s usually followed by something of a turkey-induced coma. Tryptophan — a natural amino acid found in protein-based foods — is usually the culprit. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try snacking on Tryptophan-rich foods like milk, cheese, meats, or nuts.
Did you know that lavender belongs to the mint family? Don’t worry – it won’t exhilarate you before bed. The scent of lavender is naturally calming and can help you slow down after a stressful or high-energy day. If you prefer not to ingest your sleep aid, seek the aromatherapy benefits of this flowery fragrance.
Chamomile has a gentle flavor reminiscent of a lazy day, and its effects will relax you when you’re restless. This flower, most commonly consumed as a tea, isn’t a sedative, so you can enjoy it anytime. As good for your tummy as it is for tossing and turning, Chamomile is one of nature’s ways of bidding you goodnight.
A Soft Place to Lay Your Head
Whatever helps ease your mind at the end of the day, your sleep won’t be as good as it gets unless your body gets comfy, too. The handpicked mattresses at A Goodnight Sleepstore are chosen because they do a body good. Since everyone has different sleep needs and preferences, it’s good to spend time with a sleep specialist before you run off to the discount mattress store.