October 31, 2003, Newsletter Issue #161: Sleep Better Naturally

Tip of the Week

Two of the most popular are Melatonin and GABA. The former is a hormone releaser that does, occasionally, cause a groggy state but is thought to be more-or-less safe. The latter is a neuraltransmitter and should be taken with care only. Valerian root extract and herbal teas are the most innocuous from a safety standpoint. Since the ability to fall asleep is often a mental state, 15 minutes spent relaxing with a cup of warm tea might be all you need to take the edge off.

My favorite bedtime relaxer is chamomile tea with valerian root. While I don`t find valerian root extract particularly effective on its own, coupled with the calming ritual of a cup of chamomile tea is the perfect pre-sleep ritual in all but the most anxious of circumstances. If making a cocktail is too much work at this time of night, Celestial Seasonings packages the two together. Look for Sleepytime tea with valerian.

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