What can I do to help with my sleep?
Q. Dear Terry, “My mind races a lot at night when I’m trying to fall asleep. It just doesn’t want to turn off. Needless to say, my sleep quality has been pretty poor lately. I’ve tried some sleep aids, which haven’t helped. What can I do to help with my sleep?” – Tarra S., Albany, GA
A. Dear Tarra, Sleep quality and quantity are both incredibly important to our overall health. While there can be many reasons you are experiencing sleep difficulties, it sounds like anxiety could be a factor.
I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to interact with our endocannabinoid system, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation.
I would try 20 to 40 mg of the coneflower extract in the evening about an hour before bed. This extract is safe enough to be taken daily to help prevent anxiety as well. If anxiety affects you in the daytime as well, you could take this extract in the AM and PM. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
To assist with a restful night’s sleep, you could also consider a combination of mandarin zest extract, lemon balm leaf, ravintsara leaf oil, and lavender flower oil. I would take these ingredients thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally