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Problems with sleep are all too common among adults, causing a wide array of issues during both daytime and nighttime. Sleeplessness can leave you groggy, distracted, unmotivated, and frustrated during the day, and it can make you feel frustrated and defeated at night.
It’s no fun to toss and turn, and R3SET is here to help you get the sleep you need through the use of natural active and botanical ingredients.
Your body and mind need plenty of sleep to function as optimally as possible. When you don’t get the ideal amount of sleep each night, you’ll be left more vulnerable to stress. Likewise, higher levels of stress can make it tougher to sleep.
In this post, we’ll explore how stress and sleep problems can go hand in hand, as well as how natural herbal remedies can help you sleep better and stress less.
There are several factors that have a tendency to make it harder to sleep. Below are some of the most common causes of sleep problems.
Stress. Stressful situations during the day can leave you with a racing, overactive mind at night. Stress can disrupt your efforts to calm down and relax at night, making it harder to sleep – even if you’re exhausted. In addition, sleeplessness can cause additional stress, with lack of sleep being one of the primary causes of health-related worries for many people. You can become stressed because of lack of sleep, and stress can cause sleeplessness.
Bad Bedtime Habits. If you tend to spend too much time on your phone, tablet, or laptop before bed, the blue light emanating from your devices may disrupt your circadian rhythm and make it harder to fall asleep. Likewise, other poor nighttime habits, including late-night or even late-day caffeine consumption, can make sleep elusive when you need it most.
An Uncomfortable Bed. Plain and simple – a good bed is worth the investment. If you don’t feel relaxed and comfortable on your mattress, it’s worth it to invest in a better one. Other factors, such as the temperature of your bedroom, the softness or hardness of your pillow, and noise can also make it harder to sleep.
Anyone who has experienced their fair share of sleepless nights has made a few mistakes in an effort to wind down and get some shut-eye. Many people try to deal with sleeplessness by drinking alcohol, watching TV, or taking “drowsy” medications.
However, these habits may end up causing problems of their own – and they might not get you the sleep that you need.
Instead of turning to downers like alcohol, distractions like TV, or drowsy medications like antihistamines, using natural remedies to calm your mind and help you get the sleep that you need is a much better option.
So, let’s explore some of the best herbal remedies that you can use to combat sleeplessness and get the rest that you need to take on the day like a champ.
For centuries, valerian root has been a widely-used herbal remedy in the parts of the world where it grows. Valerian is a plant that is primarily native to parts of Europe and Asia, where native societies have often used it as a sleep aid.
Valerian root’s sleep-inducing properties are thought to be due to its positive support of healthy GABA levels in the brain.* GABA, also known as gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a neurotransmitter that signals to your brain to stay calm when your nervous system is reacting defensively to stressful situations. GABA plays an important role in the regulation of your nervous system’s “fight or flight response,” its natural defense mechanism in times of high stress.
You can take valerian root as a supplement, or enjoy it as a calming cup of tea. Speaking of tea, our next herbal sleep aid is widely enjoyed as a soothing bedtime beverage.
Chamomile is an herb that you likely recognize thanks to its prominent place on tea shelves at the grocery store. However, in addition to making a delicious drink, chamomile can also be taken as a supplement to provide soothing relief from nighttime restlessness.
Like valerian root, chamomile is thought to support healthy GABA activity in the brain.* This makes the herbal remedy an excellent supplement to take before bed, when healthy GABA activity can promote feelings of calm and sleepiness.
You can either enjoy chamomile as a supplement or sip on a steaming cup of chamomile tea before bed. This calming tea is completely caffeine-free, which makes it an ideal option for the later half of the day.
L-Theanine is a popular supplement thanks to its purported impact on focus and mental energy. However, this amino acid, which is found in green and black tea, can also help to calm your mind before bed.
Because it is primarily found in caffeinated tea, L-Theanine is often associated with the daytime. However, while caffeine is always best saved for daytime consumption, L-Theanine can be taken both in the morning and the evening.
The amino acid is another natural compound that is thought to support healthy GABA levels in the brain, which makes it a highly beneficial supplement to take at any time.
If you choose to use L-Theanine as a calming nighttime supplement, it’s best to get the compound from a capsule or pill rather than from caffeinated tea. However, if you want a small boost of caffeine during the day but want to avoid the jitters, tea that contains L-Theanine may be a better option than coffee.
Natural sleep aids tend to need between 30 minutes and an hour to show effects. Thus, it’s best to take these supplements at least half an hour before you plan on going to bed.
You can pair your use of natural herbal sleep aids with other calming bedtime practices, including meditation or journaling. These habits can help to calm and soothe your mind, getting you ready for a good night’s sleep.
Herbal remedies like L-Theanine, valerian root, and chamomile are generally considered very safe and are unlikely to cause side effects.
However, it’s still always recommended to consult with your primary care physician about starting a new supplement, including ours, to make sure it won’t interact with any other supplements or medications you may be taking.
If you are looking for an ideal line of defense against sleeplessness and stress, R3SET’s Unwind capsules are for you.
The R3SET formula includes a powerful blend of carefully chosen stress support ingredients, including L-Theanine, chamomile, and valerian root. In addition, the formula includes a wide array of other natural calming ingredients, including ashwagandha, lemon balm, passion flower, and several others.
To learn more about stress management, calming habits, and natural remedies for sleeplessness, make sure to visit the R3SET blog here.
Herbal Insomnia Medications that Target GABAergic Systems: A Review of the Psychopharmacological Evidence
Long-Term Chamomile Therapy of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Study Protocol for a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo- Controlled Trial
GABA and l-theanine mixture decreases sleep latency and improves NREM sleep