Ready to be able to get 8–9 hours of solid sleep a night?
I can tell you for a fact it is possible to get eight hours of solid
sleep a night. And it is amazing how much better you'll feel when
you do. This article will focus on new treatments for optimizing
There is an outstanding new mix of essential oils that works
well with the other treatments I've recommended for sleep in
the past. It contains a combination of Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica),
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Lavender (Lavandula
angustifolia), and Mandarin (Citrus reticulata).
You can find this combination in a product called Terrific
ZZZZ. More good news? In addition to being highly effective,
like most natural remedies it offers "side benefits" instead of
side effects. These include less pain, calming, and better mental
Let's take a look at this mix, and other natural
remedies that work well in combination with it.
Natural Sleep Support
Essential oils add a whole new dimension to natural therapies.
When it comes to sleep, these have the benefits of decreasing
brain fog and pain, while improving energy and immune
function. Let's take a look at four outstanding essential oils that
can now be found in combination in Terrific ZZZZ.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), a lemon-scented herb, is both
an effective calming agent and mild sedative. Recent research
suggests that it optimizes function of the gamma-aminobutyric
acid (GABA) receptors in the brain, which helps our nervous
system calm down.
These receptors also have the benefit of decreasing pain.
Another benefit? In a placebo-controlled study done in England,
lemon balm significantly improved both cognitive function and
calmness. It also helps the immune system keep viral infections
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) long recognized in France for
improving people's sense of well-being, lavender flowers were
commonly placed in pillows to help promote sleep. Even the
smell of lavender is calming. Research suggests that lavender
oil is sedating, relieving anxiety and improving deep sleep. The
effect? People who use lavender also experience more energy and
alertness in the morning. Research also suggests that lavender
supports your body's own endorphin molecules. These are the
same neurotransmitters that your body stimulates to decrease
pain, and which triggers the "runner's high" in athletes. So it is
no wonder that this herb is so prized!
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata). In Traditional Chinese Medicine,
this herb has been used to calm the nervous system and
induce sleep. In fact, Mandarin oranges get their name from
the Chinese Mandarins, who traditionally received this fruit as
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) is a rainforest tree. Its fragrant
leaves, bark, and nuts have a long history of being used by the
indigenous population of Madagascar for their powerful effects
in supporting sleep, improving mood, and calming anxiety.
All four of these can be found in combination in an
awesome product called Terrific ZZZZ. They are also synergistic
with the natural products below, and the sleep medications,
which I discuss in my writings. Give it a try and let me know
how you like it!
Other Helpful Natural Sleep Aids
Here are a couple of my favorites:
- The Revitalizing Sleep Formula. This is a mix of six herbs that are excellent for sleep and that I start people with.
- Sleep Tonight. This herbal mix helps to settle down adrenal function, so your body can move into sleep mode. It is especially helpful for those of you with adrenal fatigue who are exhausted all day, and then find that your mind is wide awake and racing at bedtime. Take it one hour before sleep if this sounds like you.
- AnxioCalm. Amazing herb for anxiety (Take two twice a day and give it six weeks to see the full effect). Also very helpful for sleep.
- Melatonin. Although minimally effective for most people, we're seeing good results using a special form called Dual Spectrum 5 Mg Melatonin (available from Walgreens). This combines an immediate and sustained release mix. This works really well when others have not. Clinically, we have also seen that this higher dose helps decrease nighttime acid reflux.
- Magnesium. Take 200 mg at bedtime as a natural calming agent and muscle relaxant.
- 5 HTP 200–400 mg at bedtime. Give this 6–12 weeks to see the full effect. It also helps decrease pain while improving mood. Keep the dose to 200–300 mg (and get your holistic health practitioner's okay) if you are taking antidepressants or other serotonin raising medications.
It's time for you to get a good night's sleep!