REM­EDY 4

Get a bet­ter night’s sleep with­out OTC or pre­scrip­tion drugs

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Emily Kane, ND, LAc

In­som­nia So­lu­tions Drug-free strate­gies for a bet­ter night’s sleep.

Thein­abil­ity to fall asleep read­ily and dif­fi­culty stay­ing asleep are some­what dif­fer­ent is­sues, but most in­som­nia is a type of anx­i­ety, mit­i­gated by the ight-or- ght chem­i­cal adren­a­line.

Many her­bal ton­ics sup­port adrenal health and help bal­ance energy lev­els, which al­low us to work, ex­er­cise, and di­gest dur­ing the day, then drop into an alpha state dur­ing the night. My fa­vorite herb for in­som­nia is ash­wa­gandha, which helps to re­lax the body. Try 500–1,000 mg at bed­time for 6–12 months un­til you re-es­tab­lish a healthy sleep pat­tern. Other ef­fec­tive bed­time herbs in­clude va­le­rian (es­pe­cially if pain is part of your dis­turbed sleep qual­ity), pas­sion ower, lemon balm, and Cal­i­for­nia poppy.

e min­eral magnesium works won­ders (es­pe­cially if mus­cle ten­sion is an is­sue). It is avail­able as a sin­gle sup­ple- ment or in sleep for­mu­las. Fol­low la­bel in­struc­tions for use.

For trou­ble with sleep on­set, mela­tonin (a hor­mone nat­u­rally pro­duced by the pineal gland be­fore sleep) is bril­liant. Low doses (1–3 mg) are gen­er­ally enough.

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