Good sleep plays a vital role in overall health and well-being throughout your life. But many of us face insomnia or sleep-related issues on a daily basis. If you feel that you might require a little extra help to doze off at night, consider trying the following herbal supplements:

1. Chamomile- For centuries, chamomile tea has been consumed as a natural remedy for insomnia. It is usually regarded as a mild tranquilizer that has calming effects and antioxidant properties. The antioxidant ‘Apigenin’ present in chamomile binds to your brain and lowers anxiety levels and initiates sleep. Studies have reported that chamomile tea consumption improved sleep quality in older adults and postpartum women and for people suffering from chronic insomnia.

2. Lavender- Popular for its aromatic and soothing scent, the herb has been added to baths since ancient times. Lavender tea has also been consumed as a relaxing beverage that induces sleep. Research has supported that lavender tea consumption reduced fatigue and promoted sleep in individuals with insomnia and anxiety-related disorders.

3. Lime flower- With a long history of use in European traditional medicine, the lime flower has been used as a remedy for nightmares and bad dreams. It can calm your nervous system and help you relax. Known as ‘nectar of kings’, lime flower tea is rich in anti-depressant, relaxant and sedative properties. It has been used to treat sleep disorders, anxiety, and hysteria.

4. Valerian root- For centuries, valerian roots have been used to treat insomnia, headaches, and nervousness. It is known as one of the renowned sleep aids used by people in the U.S. and Europe. One scientific theory explains that valerian root increases the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) levels which can help trigger sleepiness. Studies have also reported that a majority of individuals experienced improved sleep while consuming valerian root tea. There weren’t any side effects reported too.

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5. Passion Flower- Passionflower tea (made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of passiflora plant) can help improve overall sleep quality. And when combined with valerian root, it can help reduce insomnia symptoms. Studies have reported that passionflower tea consumption improved sleep quality and insomnia symptoms.