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Herbal Remedies For Sleep Disorder

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Sleeping at workWhen normal snooze patterns of an individual are affected it is because of an underlying sleep disorder that needs immediate attention. The use of herbs can help calm the nerves and aid in a restful night of sleep. The first step of treatment is the diagnosis of the condition as there are many types of sleep disorders that an individual can suffer from. Insomnia( difficulty in sleeping), hypersomnia( excessive sleep) and bruxism (clenching of teeth during sleep) are some common  examples. Drug abuse or mental trauma can also be an underlying factor that gives rise to disturbed sleep. Herbs that can be used along with medications to improve sleep as well as physical and mental health are listed below.


Natural Treatment Options For Sleep Disorders


  • Chamomile- This herb can soothe and relax the mind so that sleep is uninterrupted and peaceful. Chamomile tea during bedtime is an excellent sleep inducer and is safe to be consumed everyday. It is one of the most widely used herbal remedies for insomnia. 


  • Passionflower- It has many extracts that help one to sleep well and calm the nerves. Tablets and capsules can be purchased from the market or the dry herb can be used to make a herbal tea.


  • Valerian- It is a herb that is sold over the counter in many countries. It works similar to sleeping pills and helps to get a good night's sleep. It should be used an hour or two before bedtime as it can take up to 3 hours to work.


  • Spinach – These healthy greens are rich in magnesium, which if deficient in the body can lead to disturbed sleep. It also helps to relax and reduce anxiety which is important to overcome for good sleep.


  • Kava- This herb has been used to treat anxiety since time immemorial. At present capsules, tablets, liquid extracts and teas that contain kava are available. However talk to your doctor before you begins its use, as liver damage is one important side effect.


Herbal remedies are worth a try to treat sleep disorders which can otherwise impact the quality of life. Sufficient exercise and meditation should also be practiced.


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Herbal Remedies For Sleep Disorder