According to CDC 35% of adults in America aren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep-deprivation can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other detrimental conditions.
Insomnia has a variety of causes, such as stress, anxiety, allergies, anger, chronic pain, stimulants, medications such as corticosteroids, pain relievers containing caffeine, diuretics, diet pills, and so on.
Prescription drugs, especially Benzodiazepines, aside from being addictive, also have side effects like hallucinations, memory loss, and black outs.
Antihistamines, which are commonly used, can cause dryness, constipation and grogginess.
Natural Remedies for Sleep
- Magnesium: Magnesium is vital for good sleep. It relaxes muscles, blood vessels, and calms the body. Magnesium deficiency is extremely common. A banana before bed promotes sleep as it contains about 32mg of magnesium.
- Herbs: Herbs such as Chamomile, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm.
- Adaptogens: Ashwagandha, Licorice Root, Holy Basil and Rhodiola reduce stress and promote good sleep.
- Dietary Changes: Cereal and milk, tart cherry juice, banana, are all sleep aiding foods. Caffeine, alcohol, excessive protein, and wine interfere with the REM phase of sleep.