Sleep, Herbal sleep aids, Herbal supplements
Herbal supplements, Herbal sleep aids, Sleep
With every coming day, we are noticing that sleep, no matter how important, is being compromised on. With common laments for another hour (or two, for that matter) to be added to the clock probably arises not because people wish to sleep, bug because people want to use the extra hours for work!
While arguing for and against working hours and conditions is a different discussion all together, the notion of sleep loss and insomnia needs to be addressed.
Insomnia affects around 30 million people in the US. Insomnia has been proven to be a disorder that seems to affect people regardless of their genes or genetic make up. These days, it's more to do with one's social life, office working hours, stress levels and dependence on sleep aids. More or less, doctors today attribute sleep loss to stress and anxiety.
Picking up on just the part about sleep aids, or sleeping pills, we can say a lot about how our sleeping habits are undergoing a change due to such aids that are facilitated through advancements in medical science.
But just because we attribute a lot to medical advancements, we don't mean to say that older, traditional and more conventional methods have lost impact. In fact, an increasing number of people suffering from sleep disorders or illnesses are open to try herbs or more natural forms of sleep aids. Considered a tradition in many countries, it is now slowly gaining popularity in the world over.
If one can't get any sleep, and the need for sleep is being helplessly realized and not fulfilled, sleeping pills or other sleep aiding supplements are usually what the doctor or even the local department store would recommend. However, the greatest ignorance while buying sleeping pills is relating to the side effects the pills can give you. Some are known to cause restless leg syndrome and others somehow become addictive and lead to loss of appetite.
These are potential risks to bad health and lead to imbalances in health and well being in other areas, and probably lead back to causing a lack of sleep. This makes the use of sleeping pills unhealthy and not to mention, futile.
Sleeping aids, however are not only limited to sleeping pills, but also mattresses and machines or exercises that help reduce snoring. While doctors definitely say that these 'other' sleeping aids perform secondary to sleeping pills or medicines when it comes to providing sleep, the marketing involved for these 'additional' sleeping aids seem to hail mattresses and the likes as essential for sleep!
As far as the helpful herbal supplements go, the most popularly accepted herbs that are said to aid sleep and reduce insomnia are Valerian, Passionflower and Hops. These herbs, it is said, are being slowly made available in the US in capsules and tea powder form. These innovative production methods and products are creating awareness about the relevance and effect of herbs as sleeping aids. Hopefully, with gradual acceptance of these herbs, there will be a reduced dependence on lab-manufactured sleeping pills by the population and a reliance on more natural, herbal methods of dealing with health problems, sleep loss and insomnia included, among numerous other sleep disorders that have arose over the last few years.
Patrick Brennan, Fitness Instructor
All opinions expressed and on supplements above are his own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only.