Nature’s Best Kept Secret – Herbal Sleeping Tablets!
You’ve tried every natural sleep remedy that has been suggested to you. You bathe, you meditate, you listen to sleep stories, you avoid your phone. But, you still have issues falling to sleep and staying asleep. Sound familiar? Well, the truth is, you may need something a bit stronger like a sleeping tablet. Don’t panic! I am by no means suggesting you knock yourself out with a prescription sleeping pill! I, myself, avoid taking medication where I can, always opting for a natural or herbal alternative when possible. And, thankfully, there are now a number of great herbal sleeping tablets available to buy too.
These days we are paying more attention to what we are putting into our bodies and avoiding things that aren’t natural or that we can’t understand, recognise or say the name of! Further, we are realising that the plant world holds a number of natural remedies for a lot of our issues from pain to anxiety to sleep. As this post is focused on sleep, I wanted to go over some of the best ingredients to look for if you decide to try herbal sleeping tablets.
- Chamomile extract: do you have a chamomile tea before bed? This is because chamomile has stress-relieving properties and so is a great, soothing diffuser after a long day. This means it’s an effective way to power down and relax you ready for bed.
- Lavender extract: do you ever have a bath with lavender oils? This is because lavender interacts with our nervous system and relaxes us making it easier to fall asleep. Research also shows that lavender also improves the quality of our sleep in that it increases our slow-wave sleep so that we sleep more soundly and will feel more energetic in the morning.
- Magnesium: it is one of the most essential minerals for keeping us healthy – good magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize our mood, make us less stressed, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health. You can only get magnesium from external sources and many foods are naturally rich in magnesium, like spinach, avocado, nuts and seeds. Given how good it is for sleep, many people do also take a stand alone supplement to further increase levels
- Melatonin: often known as our sleep hormone, melatonin is produced naturally by our bodies and helps control your sleep patterns (in particular, your circadian rhythm). Some of us may have a deficiency in melatonin which is why we can be more restless, have a harder time getting to sleep or wake up too early. In the UK, melatonin is not allowed to be sold without a prescription so look for herbal sleeping tablets or supplements that contain the amino acid tryptophan or other extracts that are rich in 5HTP – this helps the body produce serotonin which, in turn, can be converted into melatonin.
What are some good herbal sleeping tablets in the UK?
As said, there are now many more options for herbal sleeping tablets to buy, but my go-to sleeping tablets in the UK are the Paso Sleep Capsules that use all of the above ingredients and a number of others to help you fall asleep and then get a deep, better quality sleep.