You probably already know that not getting enough sleep is not “good” for you…
But it’s actually way more serious than that.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “If not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death”.
And according to the National Sleep Foundation, “drowsy driving is responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually.”
So when you consider that 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, it’s apparent that sleep deprivation has become a national health epidemic.
This would be one reason why there are countless prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills available. In 2018, Americans spent $410 Million just on over-the-counter sleeping pills!
You’d think that would solve the problem, but if these pills worked, the numbers of those with sleep problems would be much lower…
Besides, these drugs often come with serious side effects. Aside from being very addictive, sleeping pills can cause dizziness, severe allergic reactions, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and even daytime drowsiness.
So, while they may help you fall asleep, the downsides (and possible long-term damage) of these medications may make you curious about alternatives.
Luckily, there are safe, effective, natural herbs and minerals that are a much better solution than anything Big Pharma has to offer...
And they are proven to work: All of the research studies referenced below are published on PubMed, the prestigious National Institutes of Health database.
Here are 5 Herbs & Minerals to Promote Better Sleep:
1. Valerian root
One of the best-studied supplements, valerian root inhibits the breakdown of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.
Several research studies have concluded it can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, as well as improve sleep quality and quantity.
According to Oprah’s top sleep expert, Dr. Micheal Breus, “Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA.”
Known for its calming effect, this herb has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and Aztecs, to treat insomnia and reduce anxiety.
A 2017 animal study found that passionflower helped animals fall asleep more quickly and significantly increased their deep sleep (which helps restore the brain).
A second 2017 animal study found that passionflower had a positive effect on the circadian rhythm (which regulates our sleep cycle), reduced the time it took to fall asleep and increased the duration of sleep.
Used since ancient Egypt as a natural sleeping aid, there are good reasons chamomile is the most popular nighttime tea.
A 2010 research study investigated how chamomile helps with sleep. The study noted: “Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid—apigenin—that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.”
5. Lemon Balm
A member of the mint family, lemon balm has been shown to increase GABA by inhibiting transaminase, an enzyme that breaks it down.
A 2013 study concluded that lemon balm combined with valerian root significantly improve sleep quality in 100 women with menopause when compared to a placebo.
The combination of these natural herbs and minerals—valerian root, magnesium, passionflower, chamomile, and lemon balm—helps promote even better sleep, which leads to improved overall health, energy, and longevity.
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