About 70 million Americans suffer from insomnia and if you are one of them, you know what a toll it can take on your health. Did you know that aside from disease, nothing will affect your good health as quickly as the lack of sleep? That’s because your body requires that period of rest in order to replenish and rejuvenate itself.
While there are many over-the-counter natural sleep aids for insomnia, if you are looking for an all natural alternative, you may want to consider valerian root to help you get a good night’s zzz’s.
Valerian root, also known as valeriana officinalis, is a perennial plant with flowering blooms of pink or white flowers and is native to regions of Europe and Asia. The root of the plant is often found as a dietary supplement in capsules, tablets, and liquid extract form in order to help in natural calming and sedation techniques.
Valerian root has long been used for medicinal purposes and as a natural sleep aid. The Greek physician Galen recommended valerian for insomnia in the second century A.D., and after falling out of common use for some time it became popular again from the sixteenth century on as a sedative, with wide usage in Europe and the United States.
It is not exactly clear how valerian root works to treat insomnia or other conditions. There are a variety of different active compounds in it, and researchers are not sure which ones are responsible for the sedative-like properties of valerian root that work as a natural sleep aid. Some of the compounds seem to increase gamma aminobutyric acid(GABA)), a chemical in the brain that produces a naturally calming effect.
Valerian root has an unpleasant smell; so many people prefer to take it in capsule form.
If you need a little extra help falling asleep, we suggest trying our Healthy Choice Naturals SleepWell. Our all natural, highly effective all natural sleep aid can help you fall asleep naturally and awaken rested and refreshed. It contains valerian root, along with 11 highly effective, natural sleep enhancing ingredients including chamomile, melatonin and vitamin B6 to help you get a good night’s sleep. Guaranteed.