Let’s face it, we all struggle with getting a “good night sleep” at some point in our life. There are endless reasons why… insomnia, stress, depression, pets, anxiety, kids, and on and on. However, one thing is for certain, WE ALL NEED SLEEP! I am here to help! In this article you will find natural sleep supplements that will help you fall asleep fast.
Sounds too good to be true?
Research shows that poor sleep has negative effects on your body. It can lead to weight gain, increase disease risk, and has immediate effects on your hormones, performance and brain function.
There is hope yet!
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You are what you eat
What you are eating and drinking is affecting your sleep. Try having your last meal 2-3 hours before bed.
Foods that are high in sugar and/or carbohydrates interferes with the bodies natural process of “winding down” and preparing for sleep.
This is the same for caffeine. You should not consume coffee or any caffeinated beverage at least 6 hours before your bedtime. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system and causes your body to have a hard time relaxing.
Consistency… we all need a schedule. Try getting in the habit of waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday. As yes, even on the weekends.
Your body naturally wants to schedule around the sun. Wake up, open the curtains, sit outside on your porch and have a cup of coffee.
The same goes for nighttime. Too much light in the evening will tell your body to stay awake. One hour prior to bedtime, dim lights, avoid your devises and grab a good book to read and allow your body time to relax and unwind from your hectic day.
Naps are not out of the question…
Studies show taking a short power nap is beneficial to our day. Taking a nap 30 min or less can enhance our brain function and performance.
However, naps more than 20 min can effect sleep quality at night and will make you more sleepy during the day.
Supplements to the rescue
When it comes to getting that much needed full night’s rest, the most dreaded part is actually being able to fall fast asleep without feeling groggy the next morning.
Taking certain “sleep aid pills” can cause morning fog. Natural sleep supplements don’t leave you feeling groggy nor do you have to worry about any possibilities of addiction like other sleep aids.
Here are a few I have found to allow you to fall asleep fast without the unwanted side effects.
I always like to make when talking about supplements is that our bodies do not naturally produce vitamins and minerals. We rely on what we eat to give us the proper amount of nutrients we need to stay healthy and productive.
I would love to talk more about this, however, we are talking about how to improve your sleep right now. For more information on supplements deficiencies, please read our article “Nutritional Supplements We Should All Be Taking”
This is one vitamin most people are deficient in. Not only is magnesium super beneficial for your health, it also doubles as an amazing natural sleep supplement.
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. If you frequently wake during the night, you more than likely have a magnisium deficiency.
Magnesium also helps reduce stress and can stabilize your mood. This is also beneficial for getting a good night of much needed sleep. Which brings me to my next natural sleep supplement.
GABA and magnesium work together. Magnesium increases GABA which also encourages relaxation and sleep. Low GABA levels also makes it hard for your body to relax. The main role of GABA is to reduce the brains activity resulting in a relaxed and peaceful body and mind. This is why the proper amount of GABA is necessary.
Your brain naturally produces this amino acid. Maybe you recognize the words Melatonin and Saratonin. 5-HTP is responsible for the production of these chemicals. They are the reason we wake up and go to sleep.
Taking 5-HTP will allow you to fall asleep fast and the next thing you know, your in deep sleep mode.
If you take 5-HTP along with GABA, lights out and fast! This combo works well together and will allow you to improve your quality of sleep drastically.
This is the #1 natural sleep supplement (and my personal favorite) since it is a hormone naturally found in our body. Melatonin is a very common supplement if you are having trouble falling asleep fast. It helps your body know when to wake up and fall asleep. Your body should produce more melatonin at night and less in the morning. Melatonin helps your body do what it should naturally do.
The bottom line
Many people have trouble falling asleep. Eating well, exercising and a good night of sleep all go hand and hand. To do one, you have to do the others.
If you have insomnia or have a hard time falling asleep, I hope one or more of these natural sleep supplements or tips will help. Your sleep is important to live a quality life. Take the time needed to focus on what you should do in order to get that peaceful nights rest you deserve.
Now it’s your turn
I hope you enjoyed this post intended for optimal health.
Now, I would love to hear from you:
Which supplement from this post are you excited to try?
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In general, vitamins are safe for people to use, though you should always check with your doctor before beginning a new supplement. Some vitamins can be dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, which can occur due to long-term use of corticosteroids, an HIV/AIDS infection or organ transplants.
You may also need to avoid some supplements if you have an artificial heart valve; in rare cases, these bacteria can infect your heart muscle, and patients with artificial valves have an increased risk of this complication.