Natural Sleep Aids

There are certain sleep aids that provide natural assistance to people who encounter difficulties in falling asleep at nighttime and unlike chemically produced sleeping pills, they are available naturally and function in a completely natural manner to relieve people from the claws of insomnia and other sleep disorders. These are natural sleep aids and some of the extensively used natural sleep aids are namely,

  • Chamomile
  • Tryptophan
  • Valerian
  • The Passion Flower
  • Melatonin
  • 5-HTP

Chamomile, the natural sleep aid listed at the top here is extensively available in tea or pill form to treat as well as cure insomnia. However, in certain places around the world; chamomile is also used in a sachet and when the sachet containing chamomile is placed under the pillow of a person suffering from sleeplessness, he is found to be sufficiently relieved from the grip of insomnia.

It is not necessary to use chamomile regularly to obtain relief from insomnia or sleeplessness as when used instantly, this common flowering plant provides adequate relief from insomnia

Tryptophan is a specific amino acid that functions effectively and relieves people from the clasp of insomnia. This amino acid is available in certain food items having too much protein such as turkey, soy, milk, chicken, beans etc. and therefore, to treat insomnia with Tryptophan, the person suffering from the sleep disorder should take food items containing protein in more quantity or can also opt for supplements having Tryptophan.

Valerian is specifically a perennial flowering plant and the root extract of this plant is extensively used as a sleep aid. However, to obtain maximum benefits from Valerian, the root extract of this plant is to be used regularly for a period of around one month as short term use of valerian root is not likely to yield results.

The Passion Flower
The Passion Flower is a flowering plant and is proven to be effective for treating insomnia that doesn’t seem to go away quickly. As a natural sleep aid, the passion flower doesn’t have any side-effects and as it doesn’t cause any addiction, it can be used by the elderly population as well as by the children.

The passion flower helps patients of insomnia to sleep peacefully without any side-effect and thus it is considered to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body and pineal gland, a pea-sized tiny organ located in the center of our brain secrets melatonin during nighttime for the purpose of controlling our sleep wake cycles.

However, it is known that melatonin is also produced in the laboratory and has been made available as a supplement in various food and health stores located in the US.

5-HTP is a specific compound that is naturally produced by the body from Tryptophan and clinical experiments have proved that this compound provides effective as well as consistent results in relieving people from the grip of insomnia.

In comparison to sleeping pills, 5-HTP is considered to be more effective for yielding results without side-effects and clinical trials have also made it apparent that this compound is efficient in curing sleep disorders other than insomnia also.

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is available in many foods and also extracted from the seeds of the Griffonia tree which is generally available in the West African nations.