Insomnia has a great negative impact on one's overall health. That is why individuals plagued with this sleep disorder try different remedies to alleviate their condition. Although there are gadgets and over the counter drugs that are available to help induce sleep many insomniacs explore herbal remedies for they are safe, effective and with little or no side effects.
Of the many herbs found effective for the treatment of insomnia valerian, chamomile and St. John's Wort are the more popular ones. There is also kava kava which is the national drink of the Fijians and quite popular in islands in the South Seas. This herb which has a relaxing and calming effect is an effective treatment for sleeplessness and fatigue.
Some herbs have been found to work well synergistically to treat insomnia. California poppy is asleep promoting herb that is also used in combination with many different herbal cures for insomnia. This herb not just has a mild sedative effect it also has analgesic and anti-anxiety properties. Formulations with this herb help promote sleep, relaxation and ease anxiety. Clinical studies on the California poppy also indicated that it has the capability to improve that just sleep latency but sleep quality as well. Hops which gives beer is flavor is another herb with sedative properties and is usually combined with Valerian root for the treatment of insomnia, nervousness and restlessness.
Another effective herbal combination that has helped many insomniacs in their malady is made up of lemon balm which calms the digestive and nervous system, passion flower which relieves nervousness and anxiety, hops and lavender both known for their calming or sedative property.
Another calming blend which is a good bet for inducing sleep is a combination of 1 part Linden flowers, 1 part Hawthorn flowers and leaves, 2 parts chamomile, 1 part catnip, 1 part lemon balm, 1 part wintergreen and 1/8 part stevia to sweeten the relaxing blend. Another bedtime blend that has been found effective is made up of 305 valerian, 20% linden, 20% kava kava, 20% chamomile and 10% catnip. Both formulations can be prepared beforehand and stored for future use in a tightly seal jar place in a cool place and not exposed to direct sunlight. Just a teaspoon of either blends is what you will need to make a cup of warm tea which you can drink several times during the day or just before bedtime.
There are millions of testimonies that attest to the potency of these herbal treatments. Sleep experts however further suggest that insomniacs try to adopt some dietary and lifestyle changes as well so that they can free themselves from their sleep disorder. Avoiding caffeine and heavy meals at night and exercising regularly are some initial efforts that could go a long way.
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