Sleep is a precious time during our day. We must take the time to learn to calm and relax our minds for a restful sleep.
When we don’t get the proper amount of sleep, we subject ourselves to sleep deprivation, inflammation, lack of focus and energy and other unwanted sleeping problems. When we learn how to work with our bodies, rather than against them, we can pinpoint areas within our sleep routine that will help you fall into a deeper sleep and sleep more soundly throughout the night.
Taking a holistic look at your sleep patterns and routine can benefit you in the long run as they are non-dependent solutions and can be taken on a trial and error basis. If one isn’t suiting your schedule or you reap no benefits, try out another and see which one fits you best.
The Passion Flower is the wild flower native to Tennessee. When combined with valerian root, it is considered one of the best herbal supplements and combinations to help you turn off your brain at night and calm your cells.
To take, mix:
1–1/2 teaspoons dried chamomile
1–1/2 teaspoons dried passion flower
1 teaspoon local raw honey (optional)
I cup of water
If you prefer Passion Flower in supplement form, try Wild Harvest Organic Supplements.
Magnesium is a well known supplement that can help deter symptoms of insomnia. Because it is a common element found in the earth, many use magnesium for its natural properties.
Magnesium can help you get into a deeper and more restful sleep. First, magnesium regulates neurotransmitters, which send signals throughout the nervous system and brain. It also regulates the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in your body The Institute of Medicine suggests a daily dietary intake of 310–360 mg of magnesium for adult women and 400–420 mg for adult men .
We recommend Natural Vitality Calm, which comes in powder form and can be mixed into any 8oz drink before bed
L-Theanine is a naturally occuring chemical found in most teas, such as green tea.
It increases alpha brain wave activity in the brain to help mimic brain sleep patterns, therefore putting you into a deeper sleep. In a recent study, L-theanine helped individuals with major depressive disorder to get more restful sleep. It worked in conjunction with reducing anxiety and elevating mood. 
GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the brain. Often insomnia is caused by a GABA depletion. It assists in the five stages of sleep:
Stage One: when you’re preparing to drift off into sleep
Stage Two: when your brainwave activity becomes more rapid, heart rate slows and body temperature drops.
Stage Three: when deep slow brain waves emerge
Stage Four: when your body enters a deep sleep stage
Stage Five: or rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, is when most dreaming occurs
Experience better quality sleep with a supplement that is naturally occurring in your body. While some critics will argue the research is still in the works, studies conclude that the more natural approach to solving your sleep problems is really where the key lies.