Body & Fitness

The best sleep vitamins, gummies and tablets for a better slumber

Unlock the secret to a restful night's sleep with these essential sleep aids and tips.
The best sleep vitamins

Ideally, we should be getting between seven and nine hours of shut-eye per night, but in the always-on world we’re living in, reaching this target often seems impossible.

Research shows that getting fewer than seven hours of sleep a night will not only result in reduced energy levels, it will also start having an impact on mental and emotional well-being.

Increased nervous system activity and adrenalin production, an elevated heart rate and anxiety are all symptoms of poor sleep patterns, which can encourage the mind and body to become even more active at night, creating a vicious cycle. If this sounds like you, it’s time to do something about it.

Improving your sleep can drastically lift your quality of life, so rather than hoping things will improve on their own, seek out expert advice. The following vitamins, minerals, herbs and lifestyle changes may also help you towards a healthier slumber. As some of these products may interfere with other medications, consult your health professional first.

Boost your sleep with B-group vitamins

Supplementing your diet with B-group vitamins promotes energy during the day and may aid stress, ultimately encouraging healthier sleep patterns at night.

Blackmores Mega B Complex, $22.50 at Healthpost

Calm your nerves with calcium

Calcium is a vital mineral that regulates the nervous system, promoting calmness and ensuring the release of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone.

Nutra-Life Super Calcium Complete, $29.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Relax your muscles with magnesium

This mineral supports the nervous system and helps reduce tension in skeletal muscles.

Magnesium Oil Spray Starter Pack, $63 at Salt Lab

Go for a green walk

Green walk your way to a better sleep! Studies have shown that a short walk (just 17 minutes) through a green environment in the afternoon can result in a sleep increase of up to three hours. The theory is that walking in a green space (such as a park, forest or bush) calms the body and acts as a signal to induce sleep at night due to the decline in body temperature that occurs following afternoon exercise.

Consider medicinal herbs

Passionflower, California poppy, zizyphus, kava and Jamaican dogwood help to produce GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that calms the brain, improving the duration and quality of sleep.

Kava, in particular, is helpful for calming brain chatter (fretting and worrying), relaxing the body and creating optimum conditions for adequate sleep. This plant may also be beneficial for those suffering from excessive REM-stage sleep who experience nightmares and long dreams. To explore the benefits of kava, visit your local pharmacy or ask a naturopath for advice.

Gaia Herbs Kava Root Extra Strength, $67.30 at Healthpost

Chew on some natural sleep gummies

An easy way to support your diet and lifestyle, these sleep gummies are a handy addition to your bedside table, formulated with chamomile, valerian root, l-theanine and hops to promote a restful sleep.

Pro Vitamin Co. Sleep Support Chamomile, $22.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Upgrade your sleep routine with these natural sleep remedies, and experience the benefits of a restful night. From sleep vitamins and sleep gummies to calming walks and medicinal herbs, these solutions promote relaxation and overall well-being. Don’t let sleeplessness hold you back — discover the best sleep aids for a healthier, more energetic lifestyle. Sweet dreams!

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