Your Daily Dose: Natural Sleep Aids That Work
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Your Daily Dose: Natural Sleep Aids That Work


There’s no shame in needing a little extra help getting to sleep. 

According to Statistics Canada, almost half of Canadians have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Sleep deprivation generates a number of physical, mental, and emotional consequences that can noticeably impact your health and day-to-day life. Common side effects of poor sleep are irritability, inability to concentrate, and of course, fatigue, but fortunately, these negative impacts can be thwarted by improved sleep. While getting adequate sleep is easier said than done, we believe these natural sleep aids can help you stress less and sleep more. 

Magnesium isn’t just another element from the Periodic Table; this mineral is vital for maintaining healthy bones. People get magnesium through their diets but sometimes, especially for women, the amounts ingested aren't sufficient for optimal well-being. People with magnesium deficiencies may rely on supplements but those seeking help with weight loss, pain management, and digestion also add this mineral to their pill boxes. An added bonus of the supplement? It helps induce sleep. If you’re interested in magnesium supplements, talk to an expert about what dose is right for you. 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is becoming increasingly recognized for its ability to induce sleep. Derived from the hemp plant, CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and diluting it with plant-based oils. Despite its association with marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive (does not alter brain function) and is completely safe and healthy to use. Other than its sleep-prompting properties, CBD has been proven to reduce pain, anxiety, depression. Simply place a few drops under your tongue for sweet dreams.

If CBD oil is the new acquaintance of the sleep world, Melatonin supplements are the old and faithful friend. Melatonin, also known as the “sleep hormone,” is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Naturally, when people are melatonin deficient, they find it difficult to sleep. Melatonin can be purchased in the form of a supplement for those needing an extra boost to fall asleep and is a popular choice when it comes to natural sleep aids. These supplements come in the form of pills, liquids, and chewable so select your preferred product and get snoozing.

While medications and sleeping pills are necessary for some, natural solutions should always be considered as a viable pathway to healthy sleep. Try some of these options and create a unique plan that works for you; your body will thank you. 

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