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Natural Remedies that Work to Help You Relax and Sleep

The modern world is full of distractions and stimuli that wreak havoc on your body’s natural sleep cycles. We’re looking at artificial electronic light and screens all day, and we exist on unnatural schedules, especially for students, parents and shift workers who often can’t get a regular routine going. It’s no surprise that up to 25% of adults report feeling some degree of insomnia – the question is, what can we do about it?

Natural sleeping aids in the form of herbal extracts can help by supporting your body’s natural sleep mechanisms. Here are the details on some of the most popular kinds – what they can help with, and how they work.

Boost melatonin, the natural sleep regulator

Your body controls sleep through neurotransmitter molecules. You might be familiar with serotonin, which is important for all kinds of “positive feeling” pathways. As your retina detects falling light levels, your body starts converting serotonin to melatonin, which signals to your body that it’s time for sleep. These days, with all the artificial light around, your body’s mechanisms can get all mixed up. Avoiding screens after dark helps, but you can also give your body a little extra boost with 5-HTP, the natural precursor to serotonin and melatonin in the body. Magnesium also helps by regulating your body’s levels of melatonin throughout the day.

Calm the central nervous system

Our bodies evolved in a completely different environment to the modern world. The demands of city life are constantly stimulating our nervous system far more than what it is used to. As a result, people often feel wound up and find it difficult to switch off – and have trouble sleeping as a result. For centuries, people have used plants containing GABA, the primary “calming” neurotransmitter in the nervous system, to help relax and sleep. O2B’s Sleep-Easy contains a mix of these plants, like Valerian and Skullcap. It’s a natural sleeping aid that works by supporting your body’s natural cycles.

Support your depleted brain chemicals

Serotonin is one of a type of neurotransmitters called monoamines, a group which also includes dopamine, which is important for positive moods and feelings. In modern life, monoamines can become depleted by all of the stimulation we experience on a daily basis – and from a lack of sleep to recharge them. Several plants contain natural compounds which can help preserve your levels of these neurotransmitters, and our Mind and Body Soother contains a combination of these, such as St. John’s Wort. It also includes extracts from Globe Artichoke which help your gut bacteria, impacting overall levels of wellbeing and stress.

Ease up on the stress

While your body’s “feel-good” chemicals might become depleted throughout the day, your stress hormones, like cortisol, are often skyrocketing. That impacts your body physically, too, through inflammation and muscle tension. Perfect Sleep contains a mix of herbal extracts that help reduce stress’ impacts on the body in different ways. Vervain is a muscle relaxant, while Borage contains omega-6 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation. Meanwhile, compounds from Valerian, Chamomile and other plants reduce your levels of cortisol and calm your nervous system, treating the root causes of these physical problems — stress.

Are you fed up with being tired all the time?

When you’re well rested, you are happier, more positive and more effective in your work and personal lives. As one of the premier suppliers of natural supplements in New Zealand, O2B Healthy offers a natural sleep supplement that suits your needs. You can buy supplements online, and we even offer free delivery nationwide. Check us out – you’ll be sleeping better in no time.

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