Natural remedies for sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Sleep is important in adults, but is especially necessary in children. Lack of sleep can affect several factors including attention, concentration, memory and behaviour. Looking after a child who has trouble sleeping can feel tiring and have a significant impact on not only the child themselves, but on the whole family. With many natural remedies available to support sleep, it’s important to know the ones that are suitable for you, your situation, and your family, and how they work.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) has been used as a herbal prescription for sleep since ancient times. It contains various bioactive compounds that positively impact your nervous system and your whole body to help you to relax.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and Lavendula officinalis) is widely known for its soothing and refreshing scent and can help you to unwind and let go of stress. Lavender oil is one of the most studied scents in terms of its relaxation effects. Results of ongoing research confirm that lavender’s active properties can help to combat poor sleep. Research also shows that lavender may be able to positively affect brain waves and thereby help to balance stress.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are said to have a notable impact on many areas of your brain, but particularly over your limbic system. The limbic system is the emotional centre of your brain and therefore plays an essential role in the formation of new memories and around past experiences.
As you smell, essential oils trigger emotions that are tied to memories which – when the memory and emotive response is positive – can help you to relax. Some scents can help to support mood, energy and focus.
Why use magnesium for sleep?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that can help your body and brain to relax. To fall asleep and stay asleep, your body and brain need to relax. Particularly in children, it can be a struggle to relax the nervous system and quiet the mind for sleep to get them to sleep. By helping to quieten your nervous system, magnesium may help to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Magnesium also helps to activate neurotransmitters that are responsible for calming your body and mind.
Other tips to help manage sleep in children:
- A sleep diary – this can also be used to identify changes or fluctuations in a sleeping pattern
- Bach flower remedies – some flower essences can help to calm the mind, like white chestnut
- A gentle massage around bed time to help prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Good Health Magnesium Sleep Cream with chamomile and lavender helps to support quality sleep through the night by soothing stress and promoting calmness. Before sleep time, gently massage Magnesium Sleep Cream onto your neck, shoulders and elbow creases.
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland