Sleeping naturally, is everyone who has sleeping difficulties dream. No pun intended Studies show that more than 10% of Americans have sleep difficulty everyday. In essence, we are on a fast track to becoming a nation of the sleep deprived. Big Pharma has taken notice, and today, there are more over the counter sleep medications on the market, as their are energy drinks, all of which have potentially harmful side effects on our bodies. I mean really: reading the back of a most over the counter sleep remedies almost requires a PHD to discern all the chemicals. Have a look at the list we compiled of 5 natural sleep remedies, you can take when the ZZZzzzzz’s are hard to come by.
Cherries are naturally High in Melatonin. Melatonin is a natural agent that helps us all feel sleepy.
Certain fish and sea creatures contain sleep-inducing tryptophan, including shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut. But since not all seafood choices are healthy for us (some are high in contaminants) or for the planet (many are overfished, or methods for catching them kill other species), stick to catches like Pacific cod from Alaska or pole-caught Albacore tuna from the U.S. or British Columbia.
If keeping track of the latest safe seafood guidelines is too complicated, you can get your tryptophan fix from other things. You’ve probably heard that warm milk can help you sleep, since milk contains tryptophan. But the key is to combine carbs with a protein containing tryptophan to help your body better utilize the sleep inducer. Try pairing a cup of whole grain cereal with liquid LATTA KEFIR before bedtime.
This lemon-scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducing superstar for ages. Other benefits include better digestion and decreased agitation. Try making lemon balm tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. (If you take thyroid meds, talk to you doctor…drinking the tea could mean you’ll have to adjust your dosage.)
If lemon balm’s not your thing, another herb, sage, also works as a natural sleep aid. Just steep 4 tablespoons in a cup of hot water, steep for four hours, strain, and reheat to drink. Chamomile tea and valerian teas, other sleep inducers, are also more widely available pre-bagged in natural food stores, if you don’t want to fuss with the aforementioned straining herbs.