When it comes to health in general and weight loss in particular, there’s a lot of attention placed on nutrition and exercise – and rightfully so. But there are other essential components to living a healthy life at your optimal weight – and one of the crucial components that is often overlooked is sleep.
I’ve already written about sleep deprivation linked to weight gain. Put simply: improving your sleep should be on your radar. Chronic lack of sleep can make you fat, unmotivated and your journey towards health and wellness a seriously uphill battle. And it may not be a coincidence that 2/3’s of the American population are either overweight or obese and it’s estimated that 70% of Americans are sleep deprived.
With the unprecedented rise of stress in our culture, it can be challenging to stop the thought train full of worries before going to bed. In addition to meditation and the other natural ways you can improve the quality of your sleep, which I highly recommend, here are a few of my favorite all natural sleep aids to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
My Top 5 Favorite All Natural Sleep Aids
Valerian is an herb commonly used for sleep disorders and is usually made from the root of the plant. It’s a mild sedative as well as pain reliever and is also used for stress, anxiety, headaches as well as menstrual cramps. The effectiveness of this all natural sleep aid makes it a great alternative to pharmaceutical options. It’s known to help you fall asleep faster (which can be hard to do when incessant thinking takes over) and improve the quality of sleep. [Read more...]