How to Find the Best Herbal Sleeping Pills

How to Find the Best Herbal Sleeping Pills

So you’ve decided you want to try herbal sleeping pills instead of dangerous prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids? Good for you! You’re one step closer to getting the healthful, restorative night’s sleep that your body needs to stay healthy and well. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, that’s where the good news stops and the bad news starts.  

Here’s where the bad news begins: finding the right herbal sleep aid can be a challenge in and of itself. Celebrities get paid all the time to endorse pills that don’t work. Doctors make more money writing prescriptions than suggesting herbal remedies, so even if they have a suggestion, it’s not usually based on science. And as authoritative as some herbalists claim to be, many can be just as bad about selling you snake oil as the next shady businessman.

So what are you do? Well, we’re happy to report that we have more good news. Finding the right herbal sleeping pill requires that you do one thing, and one thing only: look at the ingredients list. People can say one herbal sleeping pill does this or another herbal sleeping pill does that, but you’ll know exactly what they do once you look at the list of active ingredients they have on the label. Certain ingredients do very specific things for your body. Learning about the most effective ones – which we are going to do today – will help you identify the phony pills from the real deal when it comes to finding the best herbal sleeping pill.

What Are the Best Herbal Sleeping Pill Ingredients?  

The best and most effective herbal sleeping pill formulas have a combination have different ingredients. When a remedy contains more than one ingredient, it means that the herbal sleeping pill you are taking is attacking your sleep problems from more than one angle. Approaching a problem from multiple angles is an effective problem-solving strategy – just ask your nearest scientist! But if you don’t have any time to ask nearby scientists, then take a look at our summary of the most effective herbal sleeping pill ingredients. Let’s start with the most obvious one: melatonin.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone. Specifically, scientists often refer to it as the “sleep hormone”. It earned this nickname because it has a very specific sedative effect and plays a very important role in the human sleep cycle. When your eyes perceive that you are surrounded by darkness or low-level light, your optic nerve sends a signal to your pituitary gland to start releasing melatonin. This, in turn, triggers a positive feedback loop of hormones that come together in order to make you feel sleepy and ready for bed.

Unfortunately, this has been happening less and less in modern society. Some people don’t produce enough melatonin for genetic reasons. Some people don’t produce enough melatonin because their stress levels are too high. Others are suffering from melatonin deficiencies because they’re constantly staring at their phones, their high definition TV, or a brightly-lit computer screen. These sources of electronic light are notorious for emitting the blue light that your eyeballs mistake for sunshine. This blue light tricks your eyes and your brain into thinking it is still daytime. If your body thinks it’s still daytime, it’s not going to prepare itself for sleep. So in addition to taking an herbal sleeping pill with melatonin in it, you should try to help your body out that much more by limiting blue light exposure in the evenings and getting more bright sunlight exposure during the day.

5-HTP

Let’s use a typical family as an analogy for the relationship between melatonin and 5-HTP. If melatonin is the big brother responsible for tucking everyone in at bedtime, 5-HTP is the little brother or sister who wants to stay up late and play dress-up. Despite how closely these two ingredients work together, they’re very different in nature. But they are both very important for your nightly rest.

Unlike melatonin, 5-HTP is not a hormone. It is an amino acid. But it is an amino acid which is used as a building block of hormones. When your body metabolizes food and supplements like herbal sleeping pills, it breaks down the 5-HTP into its most important components. It then recycles those components and uses them to build hormones like serotonin and melatonin. We obviously know why it’s good for your body to convert 5-HTP into melatonin. But what about serotonin?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that neurological scientists closely associate with happiness. As a matter of fact, that’s the basic function of almost every single antidepressant medication out there: to boost serotonin levels in your brain. Whether you’re on an antidepressant or not, having too little serotonin in your system can make you feel stressed out all the time. And the more stressed you feel, the harder it will be for you to get to sleep at night. But if you take an herbal sleeping pill with 5-HTP in it, you’ll be able to help your body balance its levels of melatonin and serotonin for better quality rest.

Chamomile

Lots of people scoff at the idea of using an herbal sleeping pill to help with their sleep troubles. But chamomile is nothing to sneeze at. It’s more than just the most popular flavor of herbal tea next to lavender or lotus flower. It has potent sedative and anti-inflammatory effects which are so conclusively proven by science that German doctors can legally prescribe chamomile supplements as a prescription medication.

How is this so? For starters, chamomile contains a blend of terpenoids and flavonoids which most plants don’t have. It contains the flavonoid apigenin, which is one of the most well-proven organic flavonoids that the research world knows of today. It naturally binds to benzodiazepine receptors, mimicking the same anti-anxiety effect as a benzodiazepine drug without the side effects. This neurological process has the added benefit of increasing GABA levels in your brain. The more GABA you have free-floating between your neural synapses, the more calm and relaxed you feel. And the easier it is to get to sleep!

The Best Herbal Sleeping Pill Your Money Can Buy

We know of one herbal sleeping pill in particular which contains all of these ingredients and more to help you get some of the best sleep you’ll ever have. It’s called Avinol PM. In addition to melatonin, 5-HTP, and chamomile, its different formulations contain GABA, valerian root, orange peel, and passion flower, among many other things. You have the option of purchasing the extra strength formula in a tablet, or the original formula in a quick dissolve chew so that you don’t have to struggle with swallowing a pill. No other herbal sleeping pill gives you with many options with as effective ingredients as Avinol PM does.

Enter the Matrix: Hack Your Brain Waves to Sleep Better at Night

Enter the Matrix: Hack Your Brain Waves to Sleep Better at Night

How much do you know about brain waves? It turns out that most people don’t know very much at all. And that’s a real shame – because according to some scientifically minded experts, there are ways you can alter your brain waves to get better sleep at night. Although it may sound like something from a science fiction novel, we can guarantee you that it is, in fact, a very real thing. We’re going to talk about what brain waves are first, followed by the various strategies you can employ in order to alter yours safely and effectively for better rest at night.

What Are the Different Brain Wave States?

In addition to your circadian rhythm, your brain has its own rhythms that it cycles in and out of. The generic term for these are your brain waves, although it’s a little more complicated than that. There are four main brain waves states which we will cover in this article today. Some of these states can be further divided down into sub-states – but knowing that information, as fun as it would be, isn’t necessary if you’re only trying to hack your sleep.

Alpha Waves

Alpha waves are a level of consciousness that falls somewhere in between being wide awake and falling into a sound sleep. When your brain is in an alpha wave state, you may feel somewhere between conscious, but relaxed to being in a very shallow state of sleep. This corresponds closely with stage 1 of your nightly sleep cycle. But the alpha wave state isn’t just for shallow sleep. If you can get your brain into an alpha wave rhythm while still staying conscious, you can take advantage of the increased creativity, concentration, visualization, and learning that your brain is capable of in this state. And that’s according to neuroscience!

Theta Waves

Theta waves are a brain wave state you only achieve while you are asleep. It happens about halfway through your nightly sleep cycle. This usually happens during stages 2 and 3 of the cycle, or you may slip into a theta wave state while dreaming during REM sleep. There are a few different brainwave states that are still confounding scientists to this day – and theta waves are no exception. It’s true that you need to be unconscious in order if your brain waves to shift into a theta zone. But there is still a surprising amount of neurological activity happening – dreaming especially – even though you are not physically conscious. It sounds like it shouldn’t be possible, but it absolutely is.

Delta Waves

As you hit the deepest stages of your nightly sleep cycle, this is when your brain slips into the delta zone. Your brain must reach delta wave sleep in order for your body to physically restore and repair itself from your daily wear and tear. Your brain effectively shuts off its higher neurological functions in order to undergo this deep rejuvenation process. During delta wave sleep, your brain cells actually shrink to make it easier for your cerebrospinal fluid to wash away toxins, plaques, and other waste products that your brain cells have expelled. Neurologically speaking, it’s like running a disk defrag program at the same time.

Beta and Gamma: Your Conscious Brain Waves

The brain waves you’ve experienced while fully conscious can be divided into either gamma waves or three different levels of beta waves. These wave states are not where you want to be when it comes to falling asleep at night. Gamma waves are especially bad because they are most closely associated what’s hyperactivity, anxiety, and wakefulness.

During the day it is particularly helpful to be in either a gamma or a beta wave state so that you can handle difficult tasks, exercise more vigorously, and solve problems on the job. But you’ll need to relax yourself down into the calmer brainwave zones if you want to get the healthiest sleep possible. That’s what the next section of this article is all about: training your brain to slip into these, brainwave states in the evening when it’s time to lay down for bed.

Encouraging Calm Brainwave States the Healthy, Drug-free Way

It’s very difficult to get the restorative rest you need for optimal health if you try to go to bed in an excited brain waves state. But sleeping pills – weather over the counter or prescription – won’t actually change brain waves. They only create the illusion that you are losing consciousness and falling asleep. As far as your neurology and your brain waves are concerned, they are less likely to be cycling through a relaxed brain waves state if you have to use drugs in order to fall asleep.

Brainwave entrainment is the process of using natural methods to coax your brain into a more relaxed state of consciousness. Methods of brainwave entrainment often include the manipulation of light, sound, electromagnetism, or even something as simple as meditating.

  • Meditation is one of the easiest ways to train your brain to calm down. All you need to do is sit or lay down in a quiet space and a focus on your breathing. There are plenty of free phone apps witch can coach you through it, or you can try it on your own.
  • Isochronic tones another popular form of brainwave entrainment. These are sound pulses which are specifically formulated to throw your brain waves out of sorts if you are in an excited state. You don’t need any special equipment in order to listen to them, and you can play them quietly under other relaxing music to enhance the effect.
  • Binaural beats are similar to isochronic tones, but a little more complicated (and powerful). You need a set of stereo headphones in order for binaural beats to be effective. This is because the binaural sound plays a different frequency into each ear, which confuses your brain because it doesn’t know what it’s actually hearing. This neurological confusion leaves you completely lucid yet gently alters your brain waves toward a more relaxed state. Again, there are plenty of free apps and audio tracks you can find online that you can listen to. Some websites may even give you the resources you need to customize your own binaural beats for maximum effectiveness.

Once you find an effective brainwave entrainment strategy, you should pair it with an effective herbal sleep supplement like Avinol PM. It doesn’t manipulate your brain waves directly, but it does encourage the proliferation of relaxing endorphins in the brain. That, in addition to a relaxed brainwave state, what have you sleeping like a baby and feeling refreshed the next morning.

Hacking Your Sleep: Take a Nice, Warm Bath!

Hacking Your Sleep: Take a Nice, Warm Bath!

If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, you’re certainly not alone. There are over 9 million people just like you who are so desperate for a nightly rest that they’re actually taking a prescription sleep medication every night. But what if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? What if there was one simple, easy hack that you could do in your own home that could help you sleep better at night without prescription drugs?

In case you haven’t guessed already by the title, yes, there is and yes, we’re going to explain it to you. You may have already guessed what the heck it is by now: a nice, warm bath. But you can’t draw just any warm bath. There is a very specific way to use a warm bath to prime your body for better sleep at night. It will help you fall asleep right at bedtime, it’ll improve the overall quality of your sleep, and it’s much better for you than dangerous sleep medications. So let’s get to the instructions, shall we?

How to Properly Implement the Warm Bath Hack

If you’ve never taken a warm, soothing bath before, we’re sure you at least have an idea of how wonderful the experience can be. Obviously, if you don’t have a bathtub in your home or access to one on a regular basis, implementing the warm bath hack may be difficult for you – but thankfully, it’s not impossible (more on that later). For the rest of you bathtub mavens out there, get ready to learn a trick which will not just improve your sleep, but your quality of life in general.

We know you’re probably thinking right now that this hack will give you the perfect excuse to use that new, slightly pricey bath bomb while sipping on a glass of pinot grigio and reading a good book. Unfortunately, the warm bath sleep hack requires a little more strategy and effort than that. But don’t you worry – it’ll be worth it! It’s mostly about timing. You have to make sure that you take your bath at the right time, that you spend only as much time as you need in the water, and that you give your body time between the end of your bath and the start of your bedtime to process everything. Once you get the timing down right, you’ll hack yourself to sleep in no time.

This step-by-step process will require a little tweaking and experimentation from you. Everyone’s body is different, so you’re going to have to personalize it to your individual needs. The steps you need to follow are:

  • Draw your bath at any point between 1 – 2 hours before your scheduled/desired bedtime
  • Make sure the water is very warm (but not uncomfortably hot) and soak in it for at least 30 minutes
  • Get out of the tub and dry off about 90 minutes before your scheduled bedtime

The 90-minute rule is the amount of time it usually takes for your body to cool back down after the warm water heats you up. This cooling down effect sends a signal to your body that it is time for bed. Once your body gets the green light on preparing for rest, you’ll start to feel drowsy and ready for sleep in no time. For some people, though, it may only take an hour or 30 minutes after you step out of the bath to start feeling that drowsiness. The best thing to do is experiment with different times so that you figure out exactly what works for you.

Speaking of figuring out what works for you, you can still utilize this temperature hack even if you don’t own a bathtub. This is especially true for people who live in big cities where space is scarce and not every home or apartment has room for a tub. It is possible to create the same effect by taking a warm shower instead. But this can be a little bit trickier since standing in a shower of running water is less efficient at warming your body than soaking it in a warm bath. Luckily, there’s another hack you can use to improve your sleep which is shower specific. And when you learn how to do it right, you can use your shower to super-hack your body for perfect sleep.

Contrast Showers: Next Level Hacking Skills

Contrast showers are a little harder to manage because of the temperature extremes. But the effort has some pretty big payoffs. As effective as slowly warming your body in a warm bath and slowly cooling your body after you dry off is, doing this process quickly in a shower has an even stronger effect. It’s basically the HIIT cardio of sleep hygiene. And it goes a little something like this:

  • Figure out where the settings on your shower knob are for water temperatures which are uncomfortably hot and uncomfortably cold; but don’t be a hero. Make sure they’re just outside your comfort zone but no farther (or else you may injure your skin).
    • Pro tip: mark them with tape or some other visual cue if you can. You’ll need to be able to switch fast between the two if you want to do it right.
  • Start on the cold water setting, and immerse yourself under the running water for 20 seconds. At the end of those 20 seconds, turn the knob to the uncomfortably warm setting and stands there for 10 seconds. This is a full set.
  • Most experts recommend completing anywhere from 3 to 5 sets per shower right before bed. After you have completed all of your sets, switch the knob back to the cold water setting for a final 20 seconds, and then get out of the shower. If you do it right, you’ll be sleeping like a baby and no time.

Next Next Level Hacking Skills: Use a Warm Bath or a Contrast Shower With the Right Herbal Sleep Aid

Why not coax your body into relaxing that much better with a natural sleep aid? Some of the best ones, like Avinol PM, contain safe herbal ingredients which naturally help your body relax at night. They are effective yet gentle, and won’t require you to jump through the hoops of getting a prescription just to get the rest that you deserve. We strongly suggest you try one out today.

Discover the Amazing Plants Which Help Induce Sleep

Discover the Amazing Plants Which Help Induce Sleep

Mother Nature is a very generous mom. It’s crazy how many of the remedies we use today are either synthesized from or taken straight from natural sources. Aside from practicing good sleep hygiene, you can improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep that much more with a few extra botanical decorations. No, we’re not talking about plants that you smoke or chew. We’re talking about how becoming a responsible plant mom (or plant dad) can improve your nightly sleep habits.

Getting Down With Your Green Thumb in the Bedroom

Taking care of plants outdoors is messy and gross and full of bugs. But taking care of plants inside your home – and especially in your on bedroom – is super easy! If you decide to take care of any of the following plants, it’ll even help you sleep, too:

  • Valerian – This is one of the most popular flowers out there. But it’s not just for sleep! People have been cultivating this plant for centuries for many different purposes. It gained popularity back in the 16th century because Europeans coveted the sweet smell of its flowers. But the smell isn’t just pleasant – it’s relaxing. Relaxing enough, in fact, that just smelling it can help you sleep better. You can also try plucking some of the flower petals and adding them to a warm, relaxing bath before you get in bed.
  • Lavender – Valerian isn’t the only sweet smelling plant on this list. If you’re familiar with aromatherapy, flowers, or if you’ve done any research into sleep remedies, we are sure you’ve heard of lavender by now. The lavender flower is the queen of the natural sleep remedy realm. Some even believe it has the power to lower blood pressure, soothe fussy babies, and potentially improve the overall quality of your sleep. Sure, you can take it in supplement form or use lavender oil therapeutically – but wouldn’t caring for a lavender plant be much more fun and visually appealing?
  • Aloe Vera – if it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us! Aloe vera isn’t just for sunburns anymore. It is very efficient at recycling dirty air and turning it into fresh, clean oxygen. On top of that, it’s a great moisturizer and the gel inside the leaves can be used to buff up the fiber content of a green smoothie! If fresh, clean air doesn’t at least improve the quality of your sleep if not help you get to sleep, we don’t know what will.
  • Gardenia – There has been a lot of scientific inquiry into the medicinal properties of gardenia plants. As a matter of fact, some scientists believe that gardenia could potentially be as potent as valium when it comes to helping people relax. But even if it proves to be slightly less potent, keeping one of these plants around is not a bad idea. Like valerian, gardenias are a very beautiful plant with a very pleasant smell. Unlike valerian, however, it can be a little tricky to take care of this plant properly. Gardenias are a healthy and interesting challenge when it comes to testing your green thumb with indoor plants.
  • Areca Palm – Do you use a humidifier at night? Would you like a more affordable option which is better for the environment? Then we have a botanical-based solution for you. It’s called the areca palm. This medium sized fern-like plant is known for not just creating more of the oxygen we breathe, but for humidifying the air as well. If you have sinus issues which are the result of falling asleep in dry air, we strongly suggest you adopt and care for an areca palm.

Drink Some Plants for a Relaxing Night’s Rest

Unfortunately, not all of us have a green thumb. And that’s okay. If you can’t or don’t want to adopt any houseplants, there are other ways you can use plants to help you get better sleep at night. The easiest way to do so is to boil them in hot water and to drink the tea. There are many plants you can prepare in this way in order to get better sleep.

Valerian

Here we are talking about valerian again. You don’t have to grow the plant to get the benefits from this plant. Valerian tea is a very popular beverage which many people either drink by itself or in conjunction with other herbal sleep remedies.  

Passionflower

If you’re having problems with sleep deprivation, then you need some passion flower tea in your life. It works great in tandem with chamomile or valerian root tea – or both! If you want to get on nerdy about it, the reason passion flower is so effective is because it is one of many botanicals which has the potential to improve GABA levels in your brain.

Lavender

Smelling lavender works very well for relaxation and improved sleep. But drinking lavender tea is just as good, if not better. And that’s not just us saying so. Scientific studies have shown a direct connection between lavender and lowered blood pressure, reduced heart rate, and a better quantity of sleep.

Hops

Most of the evidence behind hops by itself itself is anecdotal. But there are at least two scientific study which show that hops extract, when paired with the valyrian, can help reduce sleep disturbances. But that’s not all. With their powers combined, these two can also reduce sleep latency and improve relaxation.

Natural Sleep Solutions Are the Obviously Better Choice

When you look at the long-term health consequences of different sleep remedies, natural ones always come out on top. They are gentle and safe enough that you won’t have to worry about any long-term, dangerous side effects. Plus you can take them in any form – whether it’s a tea, whether you’re smelling a pleasant plant that lives on your dresser, or whether it’s a simple-to-use herbal sleep supplement. This is one of the many reasons why we love plants so much!