Do you find it hard to dive into the world of dreams or do you constantly wake up at midnight? If this is the case, then you may be part of the 6% of people all over the world that suffers from insomnia. Lack of sleep may be a laughing matter for those who don’t suffer from it. But for you who experiences it? Lying in bed feels like torment every night.
We understand how hard it is for you and this is the reason why we’ve made this article! Chill with us because we will be talking about 6 plants that might make your condition better. That said, plants are not just for food but for sleep too!
1. German Chamomile
The medicinal benefits of chamomile may be referenced from texts dating back to the times of Hippocrates, Galen, and Asclepius. This herb soothes the senses and relaxes the mind when prepared as a tea. One study suggests that the flavonoid apigenin that this herb contains binds the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain thus acting as a sleep inducer.
Also, a clinical trial conducted on 10 cardiac patients showed that the recipients had a deep sleep for more than an hour after drinking chamomile tea.
2. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a close cousin of mint and traditionally grows in South-Central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia. In the middle ages, this herb is a popular remedy for sleeplessness (insomnia is not a popular term at that time) and anxiety. But why is this? it turns out that Lemon balm has the ability to improve cognitive performance and mental state, reduces stress, and has anxiolytic effects.
A study published online in 2010 showed that a specific medicine that used Lemon balm as an active ingredient has the capacity to lower insomnia by 42%. We’re not saying that you should take medicines made from lemon balms, what we want to say is that if lemon balm works as a medicine, then it might also work as a natural cure in the form of tea, juice, or as a late-night snack.
Not many people like valerian because it has a smell that’s pretty similar to an old goat or sweaty socks. However, people living in 200 AD used this herb for insomnia and nervousness. Researchers are considering valerian as an alternative to treating insomniac individuals since its really effective and it doesn’t have any side effects.
When used with rose as an odorant, valerian may prolong pentobarbital induced sleeping time. Twenty-nine clinical studies involving 5, 201 participants showed that this herb is much better than placebos in improving sleep for people with sleep disturbances.
4. California Poppy
California Poppy is a plant that grows widely in the United States and Mexico. It’s a close cousin of the opium poppy. However, don’t be afraid about using it to improve sleep since this one is non-addictive. Accordingly, California poppy is useful for pain-related insomniac conditions.
In 2012 a study was conducted using California poppy on patients experiencing moderate to severe back pains. The result of the research showed that patients had a 50% clinical benefit from pain relief or sleep. Furthermore lucid dreaming, indicating very deep sleep, is also associated with California poppy usage before sleeping.
Hop is an herbal plant that’s not new to you if like drinking beer. It is used as a bittering, flavoring, or stabilizing agent in the beverage that you love. The reason why beer makes some people sleepy might be because of hops. Hops have properties that are suspected to interact with melatonin receptors. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Hops might have the ability to fix disturbed sleep-wake cycles when ingested regularly.
6. Kava Kava
Kava Kava is a common crop in the Pacific islands where it has a well-settled reputation as a good plant for traditional medicine to indigenous peoples living therein. Similar to papaya, this plant contains a natural agent exclusive to it known as kavapyrones. Kavapyrones make kava-kava effective at prolonging sleeping time and shortening duration to fall asleep.
On a side note, check if Kava Kava is legal in your locality since it’s banned in some places because using it raises liver-related issues.