One of the most common sleep-related disorders in the general population is insomnia. The impossibility of falling asleep or staying asleep during the night, as well as the presence of early awakening or unrefreshing sleep, has repercussions on the patient’s subsequent wakefulness and can be the cause of multiple disorders that affect quality of life.
Although insomnia can have many causes, one of the most common is stress. It has a negative influence because it makes our sympathetic nervous system, which reduces its activity when we go to bed, always alert, preventing us from getting a good night’s sleep.
For this reason, experts advise to maintain a series of habits to promote sleep hygiene, such as not using electronic devices before going to sleep, establishing a regular sleep schedule or practising sport on a regular basis. There are also home remedies based on plants with medicinal properties that can promote relaxation and help you fall asleep.
One of the most recommended herbal teas is passionflower. This plant is used to treat or improve the quality of sleep and has an anxiolytic component that combats stress and helps us to sleep. Passionflower contains flavonoids and alkaloids which are responsible for its effect on sleep disorders, progressively restoring restful, quality sleep. Together with California poppy, they are plants that help to improve insomnia and reduce nervousness. They can also be consumed in pharmaceutical preparations.
Lemon balm is another natural plant that has anxiolytic effects and acts on the gastrointestinal tract, reducing abdominal pain, which helps digestion and contributes to improving the quality of sleep.
One of the most traditional infusions to take before going to bed is valerian, which, by acting on benzodiazepine receptors, helps us to fall asleep. In any case, it is advisable to use these natural preparations in infusion or pill form, following the advice of professionals, such as pharmacists.
Finally, another of the most recommended medicinal plants is hawthorn. Thanks to its cardiotonic properties and vasodilator effects, it can be useful in the case of cardiac arrhythmias. To promote sleep, this plant has a sedative effect on the central nervous system and relieves nervousness and tension, which can be accompanied by palpitations.