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6 Natural Remedies For Insomnia (#1 and #6 are my favorite)

For many of us, it’s hard to sleep. It shouldn’t be, should it?

You’d think that your body would want to recharge and regenerate at night. You’d think it would be effortless but often it seems so hard to find a sleep aid that works.

Pharmaceutical sleep meds are very powerful and can have nasty side effects (even long term effects). And every now and then you’ll hes of people sleepwalking and even driving.    

Luckily there are many natural remedies for sleep. Some work better than others and have some research to back up their effectiveness.

Let’s look at a few natural remedies that can actually make a difference in putting you to sleep.  

Natural Remedies For Insomnia

1. L-Theanine

This is a powerful amino acid that is found naturally in green tea. It has tremendous effects on the brain. L-theanine puts the brain into a relaxed state, as evidenced by the alpha waves it elicits [1].

Alpha waves indicate that the brain is in a relaxed state, similar to a state achieved after meditation. So you’re practically a Buddhist monk after you take L-theanine.

L-theanine can lessen the time it takes to fall asleep in those who have hyperactive minds, like those who have ADHD [2]. Other research promotes l-theanine as “safe natural sleep aid” that has been shown to lower heart rate and decrease stress hormones [3][4].

2. 5-HTP3

You need serotonin to calm you down at night and put you to sleep. If everything is working perfectly in your body, you’ll have plenty of serotonin, which converts into the pro-sleep hormone melatonin. But many people’s bodies aren’t completing this process efficiently.

Aging and stress lessen your ability to produce enough of these calming hormones and sometimes it’s very helpful to give your serotonin a boost at night - that’s what 5-HTP does!

5-HTP is an even more direct precursor of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. Fortunately, you can supplement with this serotonin booster, and it will surely increase your pre-bedtime levels of serotonin [5]. That serotonin will help ease you into sleep, and some of it also converts into the sleep hormone melatonin. After all, research has shown that 5-HTP is well absorbed into the bloodstream and “easily” crosses into your brain where it works its magic [5]!

3. Magnesium

If you’re deficient in magnesium, you’re more likely to feel stressed and anxious, and researchers have found that the body’s stress response system can be inefficient due to magnesium deficiency [6].

Researchers have measured magnesium supplementation effects on sleep and the results look good. When you take magnesium, the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin increases and the sleep-stealing stress hormone cortisol decreases  [7]. It also took much less time for people to fall asleep, and the “severity” of their insomnia markedly decreased [7].

People who have enough magnesium in their bodies tend to have better sleep quality [8].

    4. Phellodendron

      This is an herb native to northern Asia that research has demonstrated curbs anxiety and stress. Stress and worry are major disruptors of sleep, so anything that eases your mind and body will surely help with sleep.

      Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of phellodendron in combating anxiety [9][10].

      5. Mucuna Pruriens (Velvet Bean)

      Velvet beans are legumes that are known to induce sleepiness, and they have been traditionally used in ayurvedic medicine to reduce nervousness [13].

      Researchers have tested a slew of sleep characteristics in response to a supplement containing velvet bean. Sleep quality, time it took to get to sleep, and amount of sleep disturbance all improved [11].

      Researchers also note that velvet bean increases growth hormone production, and this may improve sleep quality [11]. With aging, sleep quality and growth hormone levels decrease [12].

      6. Melatonin

      Melatonin is the hormone your body produces when daylight starts to fade. It’s been called the “hormone of darkness” and kicks in big-time at night in order to sooth you into sleep.

      It’s pretty cool that we can supplement directly with this hormone. So if you’re not producing enough of it, taking a bit an hour or more before sleep should help reset your clock and put you on the path toward sleep.

      A review of 19 studies involving over 1000 people concluded that melatonin decreases the time it takes to get to sleep, “increases total sleep time and improves overall sleep quality, “increases total sleep time and improves overall sleep quality” [16].

      Wake up throughout the night and struggle to fall into a deep, restful sleep?

      Feel groggy and low on energy throughout the day?

      If you have trouble sleeping, but don’t want to risk addiction to prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids that leave you feeling drowsy, there’s a natural solution to help you fall asleep soundly and stay in a deep, restful sleep without lingering grogginess.

      It’s called ProDoze.

       

      ProDoze is an all-natural, non-habit-forming sleep aid designed to use the best that nature has to offer, to gently lull you into a deep, comfortable and restful sleep.  With scientifically researched ingredients like melatonin, 5-HTP, Melatonin, Theanine and Chamomile it works with your brain to calm overactive neurotransmitters in the brain that cause you to toss and turn all night.

      And ProDoze won’t leave you feeling groggy or drowsy the next morning. With a deeper, more

      restful sleep, you’ll wake up energized and ready to take on your day with confidence.

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      Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements. He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being. Learn more about Evan here.

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