Are you tired of feeling tired? You’re not alone. An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by a sleep disorder according to the American Sleep Association.
And it’s no surprise why. Today, most people are facing higher levels of stress than ever before. The more we stress, the harder it is for us to rest and relax at the end of the day – both mentally and physically.
Thankfully, getting good sleep in our modern age isn’t impossible. With the help of herbal remedies and supplements, we can help ease our bodies into a natural state of rest that makes getting quality sleep easy and reliable, night after night.
7 Herbs for Better Sleep Naturally
If you struggle with sleep issues like insomnia, you may think that over-the-counter sleep medications are the only way to guarantee a good night’s sleep. But maybe you’re concerned about becoming dependent on them or hate waking up with groggy brain fog?
You don’t have to rely on habit-forming sleep medications to get the rest your body needs and deserves. Mother Earth provides us with many different natural resources to nudge our brains and bodies into relaxation mode without the harmful side effects of sleep aids. In fact, you may even experience other health benefits along with better sleep just by using these sleep-enhancing herbs.
Dried lavender flowers and their essential oil are popular herbal remedies to promote healthy sleep. Studies show that compounds in lavender help stabilize moods, gently sedate the mind and body, and protect the nervous system against the harmful effects of stress.
#2 - Chamomile
Chamomile tea is a go-to sleep remedy for many – and for good reason. This herb not only helps regulate sleep patterns and lull the mind into a restful state, but it also has other health benefits (like stress relief, digestive support, and anti-inflammatory properties).
#3 - Reishi
Reishi is a medicinal mushroom used by traditional healing systems (like Eastern medicine) for thousands of years. This mushroom boasts a range of wellness benefits including immune support, digestive support, anxiety relief, and improved sleep. You can experience the benefits of reishi mushrooms in Dr. Danielle’s Mushroom Complex.
#4 - Valerian Root
While it was popularized in the 18th century, valerian root has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times as both a beauty product and sleep aid. Today, research shows this root does help improve sleep and quiet racing thoughts.
#5 - Passionflower
Passionflower is commonly used to calm the mind to reduce anxiety, insomnia, and even seizures. Today, it is best known as a natural herbal sleep aid – you might even find it as an ingredient in popular sleepy teas.
#6 - Mint
Having a cup of mint tea before bed isn’t just a nice way to unwind. It could help you sleep better. Studies show that mint is a natural muscle relaxant that could help release tension and promote deeper sleep. The smell of mint itself also has a powerful relaxing effect on the mind, which makes mint essential oil a great addition to an evening pillow spray for better sleep.
#7 - Sour Jujube Seed
Sour jujube seed, also called Suan Zao Ren, is one of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese medicinal formulas for sleep. This herb is believed to have properties that calm the mind to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night. It may be particularly helpful in cases where insomnia is related to anxiety, irritability, or ruminating thoughts keeping you up at night.
The Best Supplements for a Good Night’s Sleep – Every Night
While herbal teas or aromatherapy are great additions to your evening routine, they aren’t always powerful enough to make a real difference in your sleep – especially if you regularly suffer from late nights, racing thoughts, or sleep disturbances.
To truly improve your sleep, you need a strategic supplement that blends the best natural sleep remedies into a daily self-care practice that restores your sleep from the root. Dr. Danielle formulated two effective formulas to do just that, in one delicious, sippable dose.
Wish you could enjoy the relaxation you get from a glass of wine without the harmful effects of alcohol? ZenBliss is what you’ve been looking for. This synergistic blend of all-natural ingredients is designed to help you wind down gently, feel more mellow, and prepare your mind for rest.
ZenBliss contains many of the chill-inducing herbs above, such as chamomile, lavender, valerian root, and passionflower to take the edge off naturally. The beauty of ZenBliss is that while it does help prepare you for sleep when you sip it in the evening, you can also enjoy it any time of day. A glass of ZenBliss in the morning helps you quell any anxieties about the day ahead and puts your mind in a calm and focused state.
When you want the calming benefits of ZenBliss plus extra help falling asleep, Dr. Danielle’s SleepBliss is the perfect solution. SleepBliss contains the same relaxing herbal ingredients as ZenBliss, along with two key compounds to make falling asleep – and staying asleep – easy.
Melatonin is a hormone your body produces naturally to manage your circadian rhythm. Your melatonin levels should rise at night based on external cues, such as reduced light and cooler temperatures. Those who struggle to fall asleep at night often show signs of melatonin imbalance. SleepBliss contains just the right amount of melatonin to remind your brain it’s time to sleep.
L-theanine is another key player in SleepBliss. It is best known as a compound found in green tea that helps moderate the jittery effects of caffeine. How does it work for sleep? L-theanine is shaped similarly to the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, and can therefore fit into the same glutamate receptors in the brain. This blocks glutamate from creating an excitatory response and promotes relaxation and rest. Studies also show that L-theanine enhances GABA levels, which in turn increases dopamine and serotonin in the brain to stop anxiety and make you feel at peace.
Better Sleep Starts Here
Whether you’re looking for natural solutions to insomnia or simply want to enhance the quality of your sleep, the right herbal supplement can help. Both of Dr. Danielle’s relaxation formulas, ZenBliss and SleepBliss, support your body’s natural sleep patterns so you can get the rest you need to live well.