Oh, how we love and need sleep!  We all know how it feels when you can’t sleep: you feel groggy, slow and just not yourself.  

There are many aspects of today’s busy lifestyle that can make it difficult to get adequate and quality sleep. They include insufficient daylight and time outside, a lot of time looking at screens, too much alcohol and sugar, food sensitivities, anxiety, and – one of the toughest to shake – stress.  

Yes, stress gets blamed for almost everything that ails us today. And that’s why when our body is stressed (in fight-or-flight mode), it shuts down normal processes like digestion, the drive to reproduce or sleeping.

If we want to get back on track, there are some incredible, naturally occurring solutions we should take note of. These plants, when used appropriately, will ensure that you enjoy the precious sleep you need.

Here they are:

1. Ashwagandha

It’s a fantastic root that has existed for centuries. According to research and studies, it can help reduce cortisol secretion from the adrenal glands which makes it a powerful plant that can calm your response to stress. It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and aphrodisiac. 

Summary

What’s so exceptional about ashwagandha is its ability to double as a calming agent and as an energy booster. 

2. Cacao

Cacao contains some caffeine and therefore possesses a stimulating effect, so you should avoid taking it in higher doses before going to bed. However, it also contains high levels of magnesium, which is a calming nutrient that not so many of us acquire in enough amounts through meals. 

As much as I wouldn’t recommend chocolate right before you try to sleep, it might be beneficial to incorporate dark chocolate into your diet.  Alternatively, adding raw cacao to your smoothie earlier in the day may end up improving your sleep over the long term. 

Summary

 The other bonus that cannot go without mention, of course, is its delicious taste!  Oh, and it’s also full of protective antioxidants and can further affect our neurotransmitters to help boost our mood. Sounds like a win-win. 

3. Holy basil

It is yet another beneficial plant in the Ayurvedic traditions whose list of advantages goes on and on; it’s also called tulsi. When it comes to sleep, you must know that tulsi is helpful in the overall calming and fosters a sense of feeling “alive” and it is relaxing. 

Summary

When you are thinking of unwinding from a long day of hard work Holy basil is the ultimate solution.

4. Reishi

Reishi mushroom, yes mushroom! It’s a calming adaptogen that helps boost overall sleep. It’s one of the most studied and researched plants in the medical industry and has numerous health benefits.

Summary

It’s a fantastic go-to for those looking to have some rest after a long day and usually an excellent aid for insomniacs who have challenges sleeping constantly.

5. Turmeric

Tumeric is a super anti-inflammatory root that is great for cooling any inflammation in the body. If experiencing any discomfort with your sleep, then incorporating turmeric in your meals is one of the ways to go. So how do you go about this? Use it at night in warm coconut milk with a little ginger, raw honey, black pepper. 

Summary

It’s comforting, relaxing, and delicious.