Not Getting Enough Sleep? These All-Natural Drinks Can Help

Sleep hygiene, a newer term coming from the wellness industry, is about developing a proper and healthy routine for your sleep cycle. What your body requires to recharge varies from one person to the next. It’s a solid fact that getting quality sleep is essential.

"Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day -- Mother Nature's best effort yet at contra-death."― Matthew Walker,Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

"Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day -- Mother Nature's best effort yet at contra-death."― Matthew Walker,Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

A lot of things can hinder your sleep, and it can be a challenge to find an all-natural aid that’s effective. Still, you would be denying your body genuine health benefits and disrupting your natural circadian rhythm. When we go through experiences that challenge us, our bodies may be exhausted. Our mental and emotional states may keep us up in a state of worry. A medicated product is only a temporary fix, not the solution.

There are great ingredients derived from nature that can help you drift off without needing to hear a lullaby. Here are some sleep remedies in drink form you can experiment with. We include a few in our patch.

Lavender

Imagine yourself resting in a field of lavender, growing under the summer sun, the slight breeze in the air wafting their natural aroma to you, calming all of your senses. Now, since we don’t all live next to a lavender field, most of us do the next best thing; brewing a warm cup of lavender tea.

While most people are familiar with lavender as an herbal sleep inducer, few understand why. Lavender has proven to be effective in calming the nervous system, which, when out of balance due to mental or emotional issues that can cause inflammation in your body, can stop you from having a deep, restful sleep.

According toThe Sleep Doctor, lavender contains anxiolytic, which combats anxiety, and acts as a natural sedative. It also functions as a pain reliever and even has antibacterial properties. Try some lavender tea with a dab of honey for a double dose of health benefits next time you feel anxious or are under the weather, and see how it improves your sleep quality.

Valerian Root

Another widely known plant as an effective sleep remedy grows throughout North America and Europe. It's thought to increase a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), with chemicals responsible for promoting feelings of relaxation and calmness. The prescribed anxiety medications increase your GABA levels, which is what valerian root appears to do naturally.

Drinking a valerian root tea about 30 minutes to 2 hours before you go to bed might assist you in having a deeper sleep. It could also soothe any anxiety-related sensations coursing through your body and racing through your mind.

Chamomile

The sweet, delicate little flower is one of the best-known folk remedies for sleep and relaxation. The tea itself has a lovely gentle taste and is often blended with other herbs in tinctures and ingestible products. Scientists are researching its benefits further relating tocertain cancers and even diabetes.

Chamomile is a recognized anti-inflammatory. Depending on your reaction to the plant, it's a nice drink to have or even worth exploring its benefits as a post-workout supplement. Since inflammation in our body is the #1 culprit of most health issues (and a stealer of joy,) incorporating chamomile into your lifestyle could carry benefits well beyond helping your sleep hygiene improve.

Coconut Water

Beyond its buzzy behaviour as a diet trend a few years back, coconut water contains electrolytes and other vital minerals associated with relaxing muscles throughout the body. This drink gifted from the tropics, now conveniently found in your local grocery aisle, could be paired with Magnesium, the other powerhouse as both a muscle relaxer and healer.

The only important note here is to opt for unsweetened to reduce your sugar intake as a stimulant before bed. Coconut water also contains vitamin B, mainly responsible for lowering stress levels, and Potassium, which is vital to your brain function. Your brain needs Potassium as it helps your nerves fire properly. Potassium helps your nerves fire properly and communicate for better muscle movement.

Decaffeinated Green Tea

Usually associated with its stimulative effects, (decaf) green tea can promote drowsiness. Certain substances in green tea interact with GABA chemicals in the brain, similar to Valerian Root.

Dr. Dean Ornish's foundation research cites that decaf green tea also contains L-theanine. It’s an amino acid that boosts alpha brain wave activity and produces a state of relaxed concentration. When taken as part of your sleep hygiene practice, perhaps pairing your decaf green tea with a nightly meditation would prove valuable to the busy and creative mind.

Which All-Natural Drink will work for you?

There are several herbal and natural drinks available that act as sleep aids. Lavender and valerian root are active ingredients found in our Sleep Aid patch. Alongside the other patches in our line, Sleep Aid provides your system with the actual nutrition your body is craving. In addition, they support your mental and emotional wellbeing and work with and enhance the magic your system already creates. The Sleep Aid Patch features the key players as ingredients:

  • Melatonin (the sleep hormone)
  • Magnesium (the muscle relaxer)
  • L-Tryptophan (the mood regulator)

Try pairing a patch with one of these drink options to see how your sleep improves. Dependent on your current issues with rest, there is a solution, and Patch V3 is happy to be part of it.

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