Trouble Sleeping? Consider This Natural Solution
If getting enough deep, restful sleep has become more of a dream than reality, consider Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). This herb is a safe and effective sleep aid, shown to help relieve insomnia. It is available in tincture, extract, or capsule form – use one teaspoon of the tincture in a quarter cup of water, or take one or two capsules at bedtime. Look for valerian products standardized to one percent valerenic acid. When used appropriately, valerian has no known side effects, but it is best used only on a short-term or an occasional basis to maintain its efficacy. Combine it with a guided meditation or my relaxation breathing exercise and a completely dark room for greater and consistent success.
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