This time of year can leave us feeling frazzled and jittery, tired but unable to sleep. If you need some natural help this winter, consider the following non-drug compounds that can safely enhance sleep and alleviate anxiety:
- Bioactive milk peptides activate brain cell receptors for neurotransmitters that reduce anxiety, such as GABA, serotonin, and dopamine. A glass of warm milk can do the job, or you can purchase the amino acids in capsule form at a health food store.
- Ashwagandha is a widely used herb known as an adaptogen, a compound that has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and balance the impacts of stress.
- Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body's pineal gland to help regulate sleep/wake cycles. 3 mg of melatonin at bedtime has been shown to improve sleep patterns, sleep quality, and duration of sleep.
Posted on Wed, December 14, 2016
by Heidi Gilchrist