All of us have at one time or another (or rather one night or another) had trouble finding sleep. Whether it's because of a stressful situation in the past, present or future, because our sleep cycle is out of balance, or for no particular reason at all, there's nothing more frustrating than tossing and turning in bed instead of falling asleep! Prescription sleeping pills do exist, but many people prefer to turn to more natural ways of finding their way back into the arms of Morpheus (who never had any need for a prescription).
Several supplements to help you fall asleep exist on the market; you may even have some at home without even knowing it! Here are a few of these natural sleep products and what they do.
We have been hearing about it for several years, but what exactly is melatonin? Also known as the sleep hormone, melatonin is naturally secreted by the body to help you fall asleep, but from time to time, it might need a little boost. You can take melatonin tablets, available at your local pharmacy.
Herbal teas or infusions
Nature offers many natural ways to fall asleep, and you don't need to be an alchemist to prepare a good herbal potion! In fact, pharmacies and grocery stores usually carry an incredible variety of herbal teas, the properties of which differ from one another.
If you have trouble falling asleep, various plants can help you find sleep. These include chamomile and linden, which not only have relaxing properties, but are also sedative. Dried hop flowers, which are widely used in Chinese medicine, also have sedative properties (no, beer doesn't count).
Many plants also have soothing and stress-reducing properties, which can promote sleep. These include lemon balm, verbena, valerian, St. John's wort and of course, lavender. But beware: although these are so-called natural remedies, it’s always wise to consult your doctor or pharmacist to avoid interactions with your usual medications, or because of your state of health!
Various relaxation techniques can help promote sleep, whether it be breathing exercises, mental imagery or simply a hot bath, and can be beneficial.
Of course, binge watching thriller shows on Netflix isn’t recommended to fall asleep!
While some natural methods of falling asleep may work for your best friend, it doesn't necessarily mean they will work for you; with time—and maybe a cupboard full of herbal teas! —you'll find the method that works best for you!