A few weeks ago I was watching the Katie Couric show (something I don’t typically do). I was at work on a Friday, bored to tears and decided to watch the show as it streamed live from the ABC app on my cell phone. An informative show, it was.
Katie had a naturopathic doctor sharing some natural products that you can consume to help you fall asleep faster or sleep better. Some of these were natural food and drinks. Check ‘em out:
There’s so much about tea that’s good for your health. When it comes to Valerian tea, it’s been found to increase an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your body which helps to induce sleep.
Passion Flower Tea
Passion flower tea is a pleasant tea that silences the brain by relaxing the nervous system. The result is a more restful night’s sleep.
Tart cherry juice
I’m not a huge fan of very tart drinks and cherries aren’t exactly a fave of mine. Actually, I’m allergic to all but maraschino cherries LOL.
If you’re not allergic, try a cup if you need help getting to sleep. Cherry juice is very melatonin concentrated. If you’ve never heard of it, melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates your body’s sleep/wake cycle.
Dandelion greens are often used in salads but many will cook it because while they are very nutritious, they are also somewhat bitter. Regardless to how you consume dandelion greens, they can help clean out your liver which in turn helps with the metabolizing of your hormones. The result is better sleep.
I don’t like pumpkin anything but salted pumpkin seeds (I think it’s more the salt I like :-)). Pumpkin seeds have been found to help stabilize blood sugar and they contain Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body doesn’t naturally produce. The Tryptophan helps your body generate the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin – sleep hormones baby!
Natural supplements were also shared on the show but I won’t go into those. Supplements can be quite costly and sometimes hard to find. Food and tea is not only easier to find, it’s usually more cost effective
Have you ever tried any of these natural substances to help you fall asleep?