The #1 Best Supplement for Sleep, Says Dietitian
There is nothing worse than not getting a good night's rest. Not only will you feel tired the next day, but chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to more serious health issues like the risk of high blood pressure, mental health challenges, or impaired immunity from disease. So, it's extremely important to do everything you can to ensure you sleep well at night.
If you're doing all you can to get more shut eye, but still struggling to wake up feeling rested, you may want to turn to supplements for help. Though there are many supplemental sleep aids on the market, we were interested in determining which was the best for enhancing your overall sleep quality.
To do this, we consulted with expert Lisa Moskovitz, RD and CEO of the NY Nutrition Group, and she gave us the scoop on the best supplements to help you fall asleep, and most importantly stay asleep. And for more ways to improve your sleep, don't miss the 40 Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before Sleep.
Valerian root should be your go-to for falling asleep.
If you find yourself lying in bed for hours before you can finally close your eyes and fall asleep, a Valerian root supplement could be the missing piece.
"Valerian root is an herb native to Europe and Asia that has been used for centuries to promote better sleep," says Moskovitz. "It specifically comes into play during the first stages of sleep or when we need to feel more relaxed and ready to turn in for the night."
So, if you're someone who struggles to put your mind at ease when it's time for bed, this supplement could help to make that transition a little bit smoother.
If you're not sure which to buy, Moskovitz recommends Mighty Night by Hum. "This supplement has 150 mg of Valerian root along with other natural sleep-promoters that might be your bedtime bestfriend," says Moskovitz.
And once you've fallen asleep, ashwagandha could be your key to staying asleep through the night.
"Considered an adaptogen, ashwagandha is a natural compound that not only helps get you into a sleepy state, but may help keep you there throughout the night," says Moskovitz. "This powerful root extract can also help alleviate anxiety and improve how you cope with stress—all of which can impact how well you sleep at night."
No more waking up in the middle of the night with worries about the day to come, with an ashwagandha supplement you can help your body to stay asleep all night and wake up feeling rested.
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