Sleep is a complicated issue. Many imbalances cause sleep issues, but anxiety and stress tend to be the most common reason.
Some herbs I recommend in my practice to help clients fall asleep/ have better quality sleep are: Passion flower, Chamomile, Valerian, Hops, Ashwagandha
One of the most common misconceptions I hear are people taking their herbs to help them sleep right before bed. Most of the time what happens before bed is not what keeps you up at night. It’s what happens during the day. So I recommend that you use the herbs during the day
when you’re most stressed out and/or anxious to train your body to be relaxed in stressful situations.
That being said, taking them at night isn’t wrong. In fact, valerian and hops are very strong and I would recommend taking those at night before bed and concentrate on using passion flower and chamomile during the day when you’re most stressed and anxious.
Fun Fact about passion flower: passion flower is especially helpful for those whose anxiety expresses itself as circular thoughts. It helps to calm the mind.
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*Disclaimer* None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. This article is meant solely for educational purposes. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.