In this post, we take a look at some natural supplements that are believed to considerably improve sleep quality. While scientific remains limited, some of the natural supplements detailed below have been sworn by for thousands of years. In the right doses, there’s no harm in trying them.
Ginkgo biloba is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves that is native to China, Japan and Korea. Dating back more than 200 million years, it is one of the oldest living trees in the world. The tree’s leaves have been used in traditional medicine for a variety of remedies, including the treatment of anxiety, vision problems and even for asthma, as far back as 2600 BCE. While there is no direct scientific evidence supporting its use as a sleep aid, anecdotal impressions posit that it improves blood circulation and boosts relaxation.
Glycine is an amino acid which maintains strength and support in muscles and bones. Beyond those functions, it also helps metabolism function, healthy brain function and contributes to a good night’s sleep. Glycine is produced by the body, from natural biochemicals, while it is also present in high-protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy and legumes. Studies have shown that glycine may help you to fall asleep quicker, reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality by promoting a deeper sleep.
Valerian root is a herb that is native to Asia and Europe. It has been used since ancient times to promote improved and deeper sleep. Sometimes referred to as “nature’s Valium,” the herb has garnered increasing attention in recent times, for its powerful sleep promoting properties. Valerian root contains gamma-aminobutyric acid, also known as GABA, which helps regulate nerve impulses in the brain. Low GABA levels have been linked to acute and chronic stress, which affect sleep quality. A study in mice showed that supplementation with valerian root improved their brains’ ability to maintain serotonin levels and support mood regulation.