Sleep better with this safe herbal remedy

Sleep disorders are so common that there are really only two kinds of people in the country: those who have trouble sleeping, and those who haven't had trouble sleeping yet.

As you get older, it's almost bound to happen. Right now, some 60 percent of American seniors are struggling to get the rest they need each night.

Now, the latest research shows one way to finally catch all 40 winks so you can wake up feeling great again -- and it's not a drug.

It's ashwagandha.

It's a funny name, I know. Most Americans have never heard of this safe herbal remedy, but it's been used for centuries as part of India's highly-respected medical tradition.

Once again, modern science is only just catching up... showing how a compound inside ashwagandha leaves known as triethylene glycol has the power to induce sleep.

That's already good news, and that's certainly the part of the study that's getting attention... but it's not the only part that caught my eye.

There's an even more important detail hidden in this study: The folks who took the ashwagandha not only got MORE sleep, but the sleep QUALITY was about the same as what you'd get from normal, natural sleep.

That's something most sleep meds can't give you even when they "work" and knock you out. You might sleep LONGER... but studies show you probably won't sleep better.

Many people feel downright lousy when they wake up, and some folks even report a terrible "hangover" feeling the morning after taking sleep meds.

Ashwagandha does just the opposite, boosting non-rapid eye movement sleep, or the phase that includes "slow wave" a.k.a. "deep" sleep.

That's what your body so desperately needs for proper rest and rejuvenation.

While ashwagandha isn't one of the first therapies I recommend for sleep, it certainly doesn't surprise me that it works.

I recommend it to my own patients to fight stress, ease tension, and promote relaxation -- all of which of course would help promote better sleep, especially if you're having your own battles with stress. (And these days, who isn't?)

That said, for more common sleep struggles, I often suggest supplements of the "sleep hormone" melatonin as well as herbal remedies such as valerian, chamomile, and passionflower (which are often found together in supplement form or even as a relaxing tea).

If you have ongoing sleep problems, however, don't just pop some supplements and call it a night.

Those nighttime struggles could be a sign of a larger issue, including a hormonal imbalance, so get yourself checked out by a holistic medical doctor.

I'll have one more tip on getting better sleep coming up later today.

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