Skip midday matcha (check), detach from work emails (check), read bestseller in bed (check). You’re doing everything you can, including placing grounding crystals under your bed, to ease into your REM cycle.
But if sleep is still elusive like it is for a third of adults, natural slumber-inducing supplements might be the key to deep, restorative shut-eye.
“I recommend sleep aids if my clients are getting less than five hours of sleep because they either can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep,” says Kelly LeVeque, holistic nutritionist and celebrity health coach. “When it comes to sleep support, consider herbal and amino acid support first.”
“[Lack of sleep] affects skin appearance, concentration, motivation, and learning.”
At least seven hours of sleep is the touted ideal, since a shortage of zzz’s can affect your healthy eating aspirations (ever crave all the carbs when you’re exhausted?) and ability to come up with brilliant ideas in that work brainstorm (the focus struggle is real).
“Poor sleep can increase the hunger hormone leptin and decrease your satiety hormone gherlin, causing increased cravings for poor food choices,” LeVeque says. “It affects skin appearance, concentration, motivation, and learning.”
In short, sleep is important—and according to LeVeque, so is the sleep aid you choose. “Make sure the supplement has been rigorously tested to ensure purity and efficacy,” she says, pointing to NOW® as her go-to for quality natural supplements.
Scroll down to find out the supplements Leveque recommends to improve sleep.
To promote relaxation and restful sleep*: L-Tryptophan
Your morning routine of quick stretches in bed followed by chugging a tall glass of lemon water energizes you. In turn, an evening ritual can wind you down in preparation for a night’s rest. “Create a bedtime routine that includes turning off the lights, putting away all blue-light devices, and maybe consider meditating or doing breathe work,” LeVeque says.
But when that just isn’t doing the trick, NOW® L-Tryptophan capsules tap a powerful essential amino acid to help those anxious thoughts float away*. “Tryptophan is the precursor for seratonin, which stabilizes mood, supports relaxation, and improves sleep,*” LeVeque says. “Giving your body the amino acid needed to produce this neurotransmitter is an easy way to promote natural sleep.*”
To support healthy sleep cycles*: Melatonin
If you can’t remember the last night you got eight or so hours of sleep, melatonin might help you when you want to avoid another night of tossing and turning.* You can snag the naturally occurring hormone easily via NOW’s Melatonin capsules .
“Melatonin is a potent, free-radical scavenger and is involved in many of the body, brain and glandular biological functions including regulation of normal sleep/wake cycles, regulation of the immune system, and maintenance of a healthy gastrointestinal lining,*” LeVeque says.
When you’re exhausted but can’t stop thinking about upcoming deadlines and weekend plans, NOW’s Botanical Sleep Blend—a blend of herbs formulated to relax for body for restorative sleep—is your BFF.*
Natural valerian root extract and hops, calming passionflower, and GABA make up the dream team.* “GABA is an amino acid like tryptophan, but functions as a neurotransmitter to promote relaxation, focus, and sleep,*” LeVeque explains. Take one or two capsules an hour or two before bedtime (as recommended) and settle into total bliss vibes for the next seven hours—at least.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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