We spend about a third of our lives fast asleep. Or at least we should be. Sleep has a restorative benefits that the body needs to be able to fight disease, repair and rebuild itself, eliminate wastes, fight invaders and heal itself.
When you can’t sleep a wink at night due to bouts of insomnia, herbal remedies can help you gently drift off.
The Valerian plant is a herbal remedy that quiets, calms, and has a healing effect on the nervous system. As insomnia is often caused by stress, anxiety, hyperactivity and depression, this potent plant is a safe method to tuck you in for a restful night’s sleep.
Clinical studies show that taking valerian supplements or drinking it as a tea can improve sleep quality and relieve insomnia. In a research study published in “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior,” valerian showed significant sleep-inducing effect with 44 percent of testers reporting perfect sleep and 89 percent reporting improved sleep.
And unlike some sleep aid medications, this herbal remedy doesn’t leave you feeling foggy in the morning. Valerian has been found to have no negative effect on alertness, coordination, or concentration the morning after using the herb.
Uses for Valerian Supplements:
Induces sleep and acts as a sedative.
Strengthens the heart and circulatory system and lowers blood pressure.
Stimulates digestion and prevents and heals gastrointestinal ulcers.
Calms nerves and reduces anxiety and mental stress.
Relaxes muscle tension and pain.