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Valerian for Sleeplessness

Valerian promotes sleep and eases anxiety by the interaction of its constituents with GABA neurotransmitter brain receptor system. Unlike other drugs such as Valium and Xanax, Valerian doesn’t induce sleep directly and it is not addictive. It calms both brain and body and thereby helps to attain natural sleep. Another major benefit is that when valerian is taken as per recommend dosage, it doesn’t make you feel unsteady or groggy when you get up the next morning. A comparative study on Valerian and Placebo was conducted on 128 people and according to the results both of them were effective in improving sleep but valerian was found to be a better one. Those who took valerian fell asleep quicker and they woke up less often during sleep than those who took placebo.

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How to take Valerian

  • Everyday, 30 minutes before going to bed take 250-500mg of Valerian – powdered extract in pill form. If this dosage level doesn’t work for you then you can increase it up to 900mg.
  • If you aren’t able to get pills then alternatively you can take 1 teaspoon of tincture. It 1 teaspoon isn’t working for you then increase up to 2 teaspoons. You can also add little honey or sugar to make it palatable.

Generally it’s not recommended to take valerian or any sleep improving drug continuously for more than couple of weeks. Valerian doesn’t create any serious side effects but if high dosages are taken then it may cause dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and headache.

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