Stress, anticipation, even an overtime buzzer beater in the game you stayed up to watch—all can keep you from falling asleep. Beyond being frustrating, it can throw off your internal clock and keep you from getting the restorative sleep your brain and body desperately need. The answer: natural sleep aids.
Here are four items—which you may already have in your pantry—that can help depending on your situation. Traveling to a totally different time zone? Can’t quiet your thoughts at night? Need something to calm your anxiety? These will help.
If You’re Feeling Anxious
A study in Nursing in Critical Care finds that patients who inhaled lavender essential oil over a two-week period slept better and experienced less anxiety than those sniffing a placebo. The scent seems to alter brainwave activity and may be as effective as prescription meds.
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