Supplements and Herbal Sleep Aids
Removing things vs. Adding them
The place to start when it comes to resetting sleep is by removing things first than impede good sleep, from the caffeine and alcohol to blue light and then adding relaxation in (your breathing practice from this week). However, for those who suffer from more stubborn sleep issues like many of my patients, ‘taking something’ for sleep is often needed.
Whey supplements dont always ‘do anything’
Supplements are the icing on the cake and it’s really important to do all other things we have just learned first. However, they can be a huge helper. One of the issues with over the counter sleep supplements though is that most of them just dont work. This is due to the dose being wrong, the formula being cut with cheap fillers, the wrong part of the plant or subspecies is used, or they are single herb supplements only–which tend not to work as well as specific combos. This is one of the tenets of botanical medicine that herbs work together quite well, especially certain ones and generally you would choose a main herb and then add ‘helper herbs’ onto that. Luckily for most of us who are not expert hebalists, there are many examples of these products that are pre-made.
How to Start-Herbals
You may want to start with very gentle herbs and supplements used in synergy (meaning they help each other work better) combination. My favorite ones tend to be professional grade supplements via a practitioner that offer higher doses of each herbal in the right combination, but for ones you can buy yourself, these are some of the herbs to look for, in some combination together (at least 3 ideally):
How to Start-Supplements
In addition to the botanicals, the following supplements including amino acids and minerals can also be added, alongside the herbals for a better effect:
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