Adequate sleep is vital for good health and overall wellbeing – and without deep and restful sleep every night, the body and mind will not function at their best.
While the body can indeed rest to an extent while still awake, the only way the brain can rest properly is during deep sleep. During sleep, the brain remains active, though the level of brain activity varies with different sleep stages, which occur in 90-minute cycles. It is during the deepest stage of sleep that several important physiological functions occur, including:
Physical recovery and repair
Brain and memory development
Metabolic processes (including regulation of breathing, heart rate, and body temperature)
Memory and mood stabilisation
Getting inadequate sleep can negatively impact one’s mood, reaction times, performance, focus, and ultimately result in a higher risk of memory and concentration issues, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, headaches and reduced immune function.
Sleeping enough on a nightly basis is one of the most important, effective things you can do for your health – yet more than 60% of Australians report experiencing at least one sleep problem, including poor sleep quality, insufficient sleep, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, and more1.
Taking the best vitamins for sleep can be an effective way to improve your sleep quality for better health.
What are the best vitamins for sleep?
There are several vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that may help you sleep better. Some of these have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine and in western herbal medicine.
They include (but are not limited to):
Magnesium – supports brain function, helps regulate sleep and relaxes the body
Calcium – helps metabolise the amino acid tryptophan, which eases the body into sleep and helps prevent restlessness and wakefulness
B Vitamins – support brain function, sleep, and mood
Passionflower – may help promote better, deeper sleep
Californian Poppy – may help promote relaxation and sleep and reduce discomfort
Lavender – is soothing and may improve sleep quality
Curcumin – may enhance sleep quality
Zizyphus – may help calm the nerves and reduce restlessness
Ethical Nutrients offers a wide selection of vitamin and mineral supplements to suit your unique needs. Choosing the best vitamins for sleep and mood may help you:
Go to sleep more quickly
Sleep deeper and longer
Promote a calm, restful mind
Relieve stress and nervous tension
Support a balanced mood
Aid nervous system function
Encourage a healthy emotional state
Alleviate physical discomfort
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