Sleep deprivation is, frankly, a bitch. When you can’t get to sleep at night, it can ruin your day, impact upon your work and family life, and generally cause you to stagger through life as a haggard, irritable zombie. Good sleep is essential for good health, but isn’t always easy to achieve. Happily, there are a few natural products that can help address your slumber issues – depending on what it is keeping you from a restful night. Here are some of the best:
Lavender for Anxiety
According to a study in Nursing Critical Care, inhaling lavender essential oil can ease anxiety and result in better sleep – the scent apparently alters brainwave activity to a calming effect.
Nuts for a Racing Mind
Almonds – and some other nuts – contain magnesium, which in turn enhances GABA. What is GABA? It’s a neurotransmitter that slows brain activity in preparation for sleep. If you find your brain can’t stop running away with itself, thinking about what you’ve got planned for tomorrow instead of switching off for the night, grabbing a few nuts could help give your GABA a boost and slow that mind down.
Melatonin for Jet Lag
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle, and rises naturally at night to let the body know it’s sleep time. Taking a melatonin supplement can be helpful for shift workers and travellers who struggle to sleep due to jet lag.
Chamomile for Excess Energy
Chamomile, taken as a supplement or in tea, can have a soothing effect, for those who find it difficult to achieve sufficient calm for a good night’s sleep.