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Sleep health plays a crucial role in maintaining overall wellbeing and promoting optimal cognitive function. Adequate sleep is essential for physical and mental restoration, memory consolidation, immune function, and emotional regulation. Many individuals struggle with sleep-related issues, such as insomnia or poor sleep quality. While various strategies can be employed to improve sleep, including maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a conducive sleep environment, and practicing relaxation techniques, certain natural remedies like lavender essential oil and valerian supplements have gained popularity for their potential sleep-supporting properties.

Valerian supplements are a popular natural remedy to support sleep. Valerian root has been used for centuries as a traditional herbal remedy for the relief of sleep disturbances and mild anxiety. It is believed to work by increasing the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and anxiety [1]. Valerian has been shown to support sleep quality, reduce sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) [2], and decrease instances of nighttime awakenings. Click here to find out more about valerian and sleep.

Lavender essential Oil is derived from the flowers of the lavender plant and has also been used for centuries due to its calming effects. Research suggests that the inhalation of lavender essential oil can support sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation. With its soothing properties and versatility of use, lavender is our favourite aroma to prepare the body and mind for rest. It is believed that lavender acts on the central nervous system, increasing the production of calming neurotransmitters like serotonin, thereby promoting a sense of calmness and aiding in sleep initiation [3]. To find out more about lavender essential oil and sleep click here.

In addition to these natural remedies, it is essential to practice good sleep hygiene, such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and limiting exposure to electronic devices before bedtime. To find out more about sleep hygiene click here. If you are experiencing persistent sleep difficulties, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional to identify and address any underlying causes and develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 

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References:

  1. D., Barberis. A., Kopp. S., Altmann. K., Schubiger. M., Rudolph. K., Vogt. U. & Möhler. H. (2009). GABAA receptors as in vivo substrate for the anxiolytic action of valerenic acid, a major constituent of valerian root extracts. Neuropharmacology. 56(1), 174-181.
  2. S., Nazem ekbatani. N., Paladini. A. & Haghani. H. (2013). Valerian/lemon balm use for sleep disorders during menopause. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 19(4), 193-196. Taavoni. S., Ekbatani. N., Kashaniyan. M. & Haghani. H. (2011). Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 18(9), 951-955.
  3. S., Nazem ekbatani. N., Paladini. A. & Haghani. H. (2013). Valerian/lemon balm use for sleep disorders during menopause. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 19(4), 193-196. Taavoni. S., Ekbatani. N., Kashaniyan. M. & Haghani. H. (2011). Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 18(9), 951-955.
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