6 Natural Sleep Aids To Help You Catch More Z’s
Sleep is a massive staple of a healthy lifestyle. You need it for many reasons like maintaining concentration for studying, staying awake during lecture and, especially, for not getting sick.
It’s pretty useful to get sick just before an exam and make your excuses to retake it later. But it’s not nearly as much fun as getting that dang thing over with and going about your other responsibilities. So get some sleep the cheap, quick, easy way with these lesser-known natural sleep aids.
1. Chamomile Tea
A hot cup of chamomile tea raises the overall body temperature upon ingestion. Warming the body helps towards making it rest. But any hot liquid can do that. Chamomile works because it has no caffeine like other teas tend to. Combine that with the heat and your eyes should start fluttering mid-cup.
Catnip makes cats flip out and act all cute and weird, but it has the opposite effect on humans. Catnip chills us the hell out. Puts us to sleep. Makes us go beddy-bye. Funny how you’ve been around catnip so much all your life and never knew you could use it too, right? Oh, and it also cures your mildly upset stomachs. Catnip. Go figure.
3. Passionflower (aka Maypop)
Passionflower, also known as Maypop, is an herbal supplement that they’ve loosely linked to treating anxiety, siezures and hysteria. Why? Because it chills you out. A little bit of passionflower will have a calming effect that will make your body ripe for a night of rest. You can get passionflower in many forms from teas to liquids and it’s cheap.
4. Working out
Working out is good for your body, cheap to do and it tires you out. Funny thing about sleep, it tends to come on hardest when your body is wiped out. So break it down a little with a good, hearty workout. Cool down with a warm cup of chamomile or passionflower tea and you may not make it out of your workout clothes before you’re face down in your bed.
5. Turkey sandwich, preferably on an empty stomach
Turkey has long been believed to have an excessive amount of tryptophan. As it turns out, turkey has just as much tryptophan as other meats. But if you combine it with other sleep inducing agents like dairy and carbohydrates it will make your body work to break down the food and release all that sleepy-bringing tryptophan into your system. So make yourself that turkey, cheese and cracker on bread sandwich and gobble it down.The more empty your stomach is when you eat it, the better to ensure that you’re out cold, quickly.
6. Montmorency Cherries
Science! The University of Texas recently discovered that a whole lot of melatonin, that other magical sleeping brain sauce, can be found in the Montmorency cherry. Your brain usually creates melatonin at night to make you sleep. Grab yourself some Montmorency cherries (also known as tart cherries) and chow down just before bedtime to ensure a good night’s rest whether you’re ready or not.
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