Sleeping is crucial to overall well-being. It allows our bodies and our minds to recover, There is evidence that going even two nights without proper sleep may weaken the immune system considerably. Lack of sleep slows reaction time and affects alertness, mood, hand-eye\ coordination, and short term memory. It may also cause weight gain because the body craves extra calories to create more energy without enough sleep.
Healthy Sleep aids and tips
Resist the temptation to take over-the-counter sleeping pills. Research shows that about half of the people who habitually use sleeping pills experience worsening insomnia. Moreover, these medications can cause a wide range of side effects,
Instead of a sleeping pill, consider Valerian root, California poppy, hops, kava kava, passionflower, and skullcap in capsule or extract form. A recent study found that the combination of Valerian and hops extract improved sleep for insomnia sufferers, In the evening each subject took two tablets, each of which contained 250 mg valerian extract and 60 mgs hops extract.
Also consider taking nutritional supplements, such as brewer’s yeast, calcium, and magnesium. Deficiencies of B vitamins are associated with insomnia: Take 1 tsp (or 1500 mg) of brewers yeast- a good source of the B family–one hour before you go to bed. Recent studies have shown that melatonin, a hormone normally produced in the body at night, may help to stabilize the body’s sleep cycle.
To set the stage for sleep, try aromatherapy: lavender oil, neroli, and ylang-ylang help promote sleep. Add a few drops of pure essential oil to a hot bath or massage oil. You can also light a lavender-scented candle, or add oil to a diffuser in your bedroom.