I am having a hard time falling asleep.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am having a hard time falling asleep. Do you have any recommendations?” — David L., De Pere, WI
A. Dear David, Unfortunately, many of us are shortchanging ourselves by not getting enough sleep. We go to bed too late and get up too early. And when we do go to bed with the intention of getting a good night’s sleep, something gets in the way. We lie in bed, tossing and turning. Our minds race with the worries of the day or the chores of tomorrow.
Thankfully, when our busy lives get in the way, natural sleep aids, like lemon balm, lavender, mandarin, and ravensara can help all of us enjoy more restful, sound sleep. These four botanicals have been used medicinally for centuries and are known for their ability to calm our minds and relax our bodies so we can sleep more soundly. I recommend taking 125-250 mg total of these four botanicals 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
If you find you are having a hard time falling asleep because you just can’t seem to turn your brain “off”, I believe you would also benefit greatly from taking narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers have discovered that when taken at the right dosage level, compounds in coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 20-40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized.
Terry . . . Naturally