We all have those nights where we just can’t fall asleep, or those nights where you lay in bed listing your to-do list for the next day. To avoid tossing and turning before falling asleep and training your body to relax before bed time you can use any of these 5 remedies to help get you to sleep faster and allow your body and mind to fully relax while reducing your stress levels. These are by far some of my favorite! Try them out and see which ones work for you!
Chamomile works wonders as a relaxant and as an added bonus it also helps with digestion! I love it in tea form because its warming right before bed and it tastes absolutely delicious. Add a little honey if you want to make it a bit sweeter.
Passionflower reduces anxiety, nervousness, stress, calms the mind and improves sleep quality. All of that from one herb! You can buy this in tea form or as an extract. The perfect remedy for when you have had a busy stimulating day and can’t seem to shut your mind off!
Valerian root is used as a sleep aid and helps the nervous system from being overwhelmed. This can be found in tea or extract form.
Skullcap leaf is actually a member of the mint family. It’s an amazing treatment for headaches and it’s also great for calming nerves. I love the brand Yogi Tea, they use skullcap in many of their ‘Rest & Relax’ teas.
Ashwagandha is what we call an “adaptogenic” herb which means it works through the adrenal glands to help adapt the needs of the body and to normalize stress levels. This magical herb helps with sleep function by relaxing the nervous system. You can find this in powder or tablet forms.
Most importantly create a daily ritual right before bed to help clear your mind. That can be writing your to-do list down on paper, doing some breath work or some meditation as a way to wind your body down for adequate rest.
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Stephanie Morrison is a certified holistic nutritionist, registered yoga and meditation instructor with a passion for guiding others along their healing path. She uses a combination food, supplementation, homeopathics and lifestyle recommendations to create balance in the body and address the root cause of her clients health symptoms. She works in private clinic setting specializing in hormonal, digestive and emotional health.