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Improve Your Sleep with Valerian

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study shows that nearly 60% of Americans say that they experience a sleep problem every night. The most common issues reported were difficulty falling asleep, waking up one or more times during the course of the night, and not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

Sleep aids supplements have been helping people for years and some of the most popular products may help improve overall sleep. For example, valerian supplements have shown the ability to improve the quality of sleep as well reduced the average time to fall asleep.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is an herb that has been used as a sleeping aid for more than 1,000 years. Studies have concluded that valerian root supplements may work just as well as a prescription sleeping pill for insomnia. Researchers think that valerian works due to a combination of compounds. The herb seems to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

Valerian is available in a variety of different forms: tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and teas. Herbal experts recommend drinking valerian tea at bedtime to help you drop off to sleep. Valerian supplements may vary in potency and most products are considered generally safe when used as directed. Occasionally it might cause headache, insomnia or vivid dreams. Valerian has been used safely in human studies for up to 28 days but as with other sleeping pills, its effectiveness may wear off over time. Avoid valerian when operating dangerous machinery or during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor before start taking valerian.

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