Natural Sleep Aides
Get a Good Night Sleep Without Drugs!!
My sister is an Ob/Gyn nurser practitioner. One of the major complaints she get is inability to fall asleep during the postpartdum period! This can be very frustrating since the old rule is sleep when the baby sleeps. For me it was never that easy! My doctor prescribed me Ambian but the side effects were so weird! I was tripping! I woke up one night because I was swatting violently at an imaginary 3lb. spider dangling from my ceiling! Scary. Oh and the night eating!! I ate a box of pop tarts in one night! The goal is to lose the baby weight not put it back on!! A friend of mine that works at the local health food store recommended I try a more natural route and that is when I found 5-htp! What is 5-htp? 5-HTP (griffonia seed extract) is a natural extract. This supplement helps the body increase serotonin production. It is thought that a lack of serotonin can be a cause for poor sleep. It is also the chemical in your Thanksgiving Turkey that makes you sooo sleepy after you stuff your face! Another natural ingredient that helps with sleep is Valerian root. Valerian Root has been used as a medicinal herb since Ancient Greece existed. The great historian Hippocrates (the man the Hippocratic Oath was named after) described its properties as a natural sedative in his writings as early as the year 440 BC. Finally modern science is able to explain why Valerian works. It is an agonist for Adenosine receptors in the brain – meaning it actually binds and alters the way the receptor processes metabolic proteins at the molecular level. If it helps me fall asleep without swatting killer spiders I'm game!! There is actually a good product available that is a more holistic approach to a natural sleep aide called HerbSleep
Herb Sleep has natural herbs such as Passion flower, chamomile flower extract, wild jujube seed extract, hops (strobile), and lemon balm extract all well known for their calming effects! There are many products in drugstores today that promote sleep but I personally choose the more natural route first! Good Night Sleep Tight, don't let the giant spiders bite!!
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