12 Women Share The Sleep Supplements They Swear By
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“I recommend Motion Nutrition’s Unplug to so many friends and clients – it’s the only sleep supplement I think actually works and it’s also backed by science. It’s full of botanical extracts proven to help with sleep, as well as nutrients like magnesium, zinc and iodine, which support REM and deep sleep. Studies show Unplug can help you get to sleep faster and help you stay asleep until your body is fully rested. Take it about an hour before bed and preferably long after food for the best results.”
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“I’ve tried my fair share of sleep supplements over the years. CBD is up there for me – especially Canamis and Dreem Distillery Night Drops – but I’ve also lost track of the times I’ve recommended Form Nutrition’s ZZZ, a smart adaptogenic formula, to friends and family. I’m currently going through a tincture phase – The Nue Co.’s Sleep Drops are gentle and effective, while three droppers of Artah’s Sleep Tonic guarantees a blissful night’s sleep with none of the next-day grogginess.”
Reiki Master Teacher & Energy Healer
“Our bodies run on a 24-hour cycle known as our circadian rhythm. This rhythm is aligned with the rhythm of nature, where we rise to the light and sleep with the dark. Our sleep/wake cycle enables us to function optimally, but any disruption to this cycle can lead to additional stress on the body’s various functions. I highly recommend JS Health’s PM + Sleep formula for a restful night’s sleep – it contains magnesium to aid relaxation, lavender and passionflower to calm the mind, and chamomile to help you switch off.”
“A sleep supplement can provide beneficial results when you need extra support during busy or more stressful times. For best results, however, you need to take the supplement every night for a month rather than just as a one-off. Cytoplan’s Cyto-Night is an industry bestseller. A powder that you mix with water, it contains glycine (an amino acid that helps produce neurotransmitters, which help you sleep), Montmorency cherry (a natural source of melatonin), magnesium to support the nervous system, and hops, which are known to have a sedative effect.”
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“Since trying CBD, I haven’t looked back. CBII’s CBD oil is great – start with its discovery set, which contains a 2% and a 5% CBD so you can experiment with different strengths. I take it around 30 minutes before bed, which makes me feel very relaxed and zen, and ultimately promotes a deeper sleep. The oils also come with a diary, so you can track your sleep and progress.”
“When I can’t switch off, I take 30 drops of A.Vogel’s Dormeasan Valerian-Hops tincture in a small glass of water half an hour before bed. A.Vogel is a fantastic brand – it makes some of the highest-quality and most effective herbal supplements around. Valerian calms the nervous system and promotes relaxation, and studies have shown valerian inhibits the breakdown of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. Increasing levels of GABA in the brain can help promote sleep. Hops are also believed to affect GABA activity. It’s a great combination for deep, restful sleep.”
Aesthetic Practitioner & Reiki Healer
“When I feel tired but wired, nothing beats CBD. I’m currently loving XTLC’s CBD – the brand even does a muscle rub which is great to aid PMS symptoms if pain is keeping you awake. If I have time, a magnesium salt bath works wonders to clean up any negative energy I have accumulated throughout the day. I also add a few drops of Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax oil, which never fails to get me ready for sleep.”
“As I specialise in fertility and women’s health, I am always conscious not to add in too many herbal blends for my clients, so my go-to sleep supplement is magnesium, especially in the glycinate form. Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzyme processes in the body, including regulating neurotransmitters, which are involved in sleep. This form of magnesium can really help calm the mind, especially if you struggle to switch off in the evening. Take it with your evening meal for the best results. I recommend Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate.”
“Using a water-based sleep supplement means the ingredients will be delivered in meaningful doses, resulting in a noticeable impact on your sleep. I rate Indi’s Rest, which contains some of the most effective sleep-inducing and stress-reducing functional foods and plant extracts. It’s also been shown to tackle both short-term and chronic insomnia. Chamomile is a fantastic ingredient to know about if you struggle with your sleep – find it in Phyto Nectars’ I Am Rested powder, which also contains magnesium to aid deeper relaxation and holy basil.”
“Our gut is often referred to as our second brain as it is in constant communication with both the brain and the central nervous system, which helps regulate our sleep. Probiotic bacteria are key to supporting our gut health and research shows taking a quality probiotic can support and nourish the gut-brain connection, which can aid sleep. I recommend Kalla’s probiotic powders, especially its Repair formula, as it’s been clinically proven to lower inflammation in the gut and protect you from everyday stresses.”
“Sleep is one of life’s most precious commodities. I recognise a huge difference in my ability to be patient with my three children and respond with clarity in my work when I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I love Bach Rescue Remedies night capsules. A calming infusion of ashwagandha, lemon balm and magnesium, just one capsule before bed helps switch off a racing mind and contributes to normal, healthy sleep.”
Yoga Teacher At Triyoga
“Applying magnesium topically to the skin is a great way to ease tension and aches and pains. Neom’s Magnesium Body Butter is my go-to. When I am going through a particularly stressful time and heading towards menstruation, I also take a vitamin B complex which help smooth out my mood and make falling asleep easier. Consider consulting with a naturopath to find out the right levels and types of B vitamins your body needs.”
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