People ask me if all natural sleep aids are helpful and safe for anxiety sufferers. I have used all natural sleep aids to help with occasional bouts of insomnia or restless sleep- and with good results.
Over the years I have used several natural remedies for sleep. I thought it would be helpful to share what has worked for me. The four methods I outline below are considered safe, but if you have any doubts or questions, please consult with your doctor first.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone found in animals and humans that helps regulate the circadian rhythm- or body clock. The theory is that natural levels of melatonin are higher at night. Hence, taking a melatonin supplement at night can help you fall asleep.
The dosage of melatonin for sleep is 3mg taken 1 to 2 hours before bedtime.
I find melatonin to be helpful to take for sleeplessness once in awhile. Like once every few weeks. If taken even a few days in a row, it loses it’s effectiveness. That has been my experience.
Melatonin is also very helpful for treating jet lag, seasonal affective disorder, helping shift workers sleep, and establishing sleep cycles in blind people.
Valerian root is part of the Valerian plant that our ancestors used to chew on for its soothing properties. It goes all the way back to Ancient Greece! It has sedative and anti-anxiety effects and is an effective natural sleep aid.
People use Valerian root for anxiety, restlessness, and for sleep. I use it for sleep. 2- 3 pills before bed does the trick.
It is said that Valerian is known for its distinctive odor. That is putting it lightly. It smells like poop! I have to hold my breath when I open the bottle, it is that bad. But it really does work and what a great sleep!
The dosage of Valerian is 400-900 mg up to 2 hours before bedtime.
Triple Complex Sleep Tonic
Triple Complex Sleep Tonic is made by the Native Remedies company. It is a safe, non–addictive, natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients especially selected to reduce sleeplessness associated with insomnia.
Sleep Tonic is a combination of three biochemic cellular–supporting tissue salts to balance the hormones involved in sleep patterns for effective help. This remedy also relaxes tension and increases drowsiness for better sleep. It restores rejuvenation through restful sleep.
Due to its unique homeopathic formula, Triple Complex Sleep Tonic is safe for all ages, as well as during pregnancy and nursing. It has no artificial colors or preservatives.
Dosage: 2–4 tablets 3 times daily. The last dose should be about 15 minutes before bedtime.
Native Remedies products are great and they offer discounts and combo packs to save you money too.
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine with a strong sedative effect. This is the active ingredient in Benedryl and most over the counter sleep aids. The usual dosage is 50 mg, but you may find 25 to be more than enough. The goal is restful sleep and not to wake up feeling groggy.
Benadryl is primarily used for allergy relief, but people have been using diphenhydramine for sleeplessness forever.
Bendaryl dosage is 1 -2 capsules one half hour before bedtime.
All natural sleep aids lose their effectiveness if you use them too frequently. The trick is to use them only when you really need them and not to rely on one method alone.
I have all of the above products on hand for insomnia and sleeplessness and I rotate them. You should know I have tried both prescription Ambien and Lunesta and they were both weird. I didn’t like them at all. It felt like drug induced sleep and not natural. I much prefer taking an occasional natural aid to a prescription controlled substance any day.
You may have to do a bit of experimenting to find what products work best for you. You may also use these tips for anxiety and sleep in conjunction with natural sleep aids for a good night’s sleep.
Anxiety saps your nerves and can make sleeping really difficult at times. Having all natural sleep aids on hand is a healthy way to ensure that you are getting the rest your body needs.
I wish you peace,
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