I know how important a good night’s sleep is to overall health and wellness.
Unfortunately, for the last few years I’ve struggled with it.
Since entering menopause, insomnia has become a regular part of my life. I struggle to fall asleep and then wake up continually throughout the night. I am unwilling to risk the side-effects of medication. Just recently I started trying out different types of organic teas that are recommended as natural sleep remedies. I started with chamomile tea because it was the first recommendation I found after a Google search. Chamomile tea is considered effective at reducing inflammation and anxiety and has proved successful at treating insomnia. It is sometimes referred to as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Chamomile tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin that binds to certain receptors in the brain and initiates sleep. There isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to support the benefits of chamomile and I didn’t have much luck with it. While drinking a hot cup of tea before bed was enjoyable and helped me to relax, I still couldn’t fall asleep for several hours after I crawled into bed. I did some more research and came up with valerian root. This herb has been used for centuries to combat insomnia, nervousness and headaches. Although researchers aren’t sure how valerian work works to improve sleep, there’s a lot of people claiming it’s a miracle cure. There’s also no side effects to it, such as morning drowsiness. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make myself drink the valerian root tea after purchasing it. The tea had an extremely strong and unpleasant aroma. I could only imagine how bad it would taste.