5 Natural Sleep Aids That Aren’t Melatonin

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Editor’s Note: This week in Health Watch, we’ve been talking about nocturia… How it cuts into your sleep and not only ruins your nights, but your days, too. Yesterday you found out how a urinary tract infection may be the real culprit behind your nocturia symptoms. Today, you’ll discover proven, natural ways to help you finally get a good night’s sleep.

If you suffer from nocturia, chances are you’ve tried something to help you sleep through the night. You know how dangerous prescription sleep drugs can be. But even over-the-counter sleeping pills come with risks.

Dr. Frank L. Greenway is director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. He says, “For older people these medications quadruple the risk of falling, which can lead to broken hips and, often, earlier death.”1

It’s no small risk, either. One-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. It’s the leading cause of injury-related trips to the ER in the United States. And falls are the primary cause of accidental deaths in people over 65.2

So what’s the safe alternative to conventional sleeping medications? Melatonin has become the natural go-to. But most people don’t know that you should only take it for one thing: getting over jet lag.

Melatonin isn’t a nutrient. It’s actually a hormone your body produces to regulate your sleep-wake cycle… When you take it regularly as a supplement, your body thinks it has enough. It starts to rely on the supplement and stops producing as much on its own. That can lead to even bigger problems down the line.

If you want quality rest in a different time zone, melatonin can help. But if you need help falling asleep in your own bed, you’ll need something else.

Here are five safe and natural melatonin alternatives to help you sleep:

Tart Cherry: In one clinical trial, a group of insomniacs got an extra hour and 25 minutes of sleep a night while drinking tart cherry juice.3 It also helps your body produce more melatonin naturally, which is safer than taking it as a supplement. Instead of drinking sugar-laden tart cherry juice, look for a powdered extract.

Then there’s The Feel-Good Foursome

  1. Valerian Root: Researchers think it works by releasing GABA in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that boosts mood and has a calming effect on the nervous system.4>
  2. Passionflower: Multiple studies show that passionflower can help you fall and stay asleep…preventing “short” or “shallow” sleep…and feeling calm and relaxed.5
  3. L-Theanine: Human research has shown that 200 mg of L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation about 40 minutes after ingestion.6
  4. 5-HTP: Psychology Today notes that supplementing with 5-HTP “supports a neurochemical process that can enable high-quality sleep and keep the body’s bio clock in sync.”7

On their own, any of these solutions can lead to significant boosts in your rest and relaxation. But when you combine them… That’s when you start seeing real results.

And that’s exactly what we did.

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1 https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/study-tart-cherry-juice-increases-sleep-time-in-adults-with-insomnia-257037251.html
2 https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4859925/
3 https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.28.1_supplement.830.9
5  https://e-jmm.org/DOIx.php?id=10.6118/jmm.2017.23.3.156
6 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/10762800151125092