A reported 60 million Americans have insomnia, and while motherhood certainly isn’t a prerequisite for the disorder, I’d venture to guess many of those 60 million people are moms. And now that the pandemic is making it that much harder for Americans to sleep, moms are turning to, among many possible fixes for their sleep woes, herbal supplements to treat insomnia. The question to ask, of course, is whether or not they actually work. 

Needless to say, we are not doctors. As with any medical condition, change in diet, or introduction of any supplement or oil, it’s important to consult with a licensed medical professional prior to trying any over-the-counter remedies or altering your lifestyle in a significant way. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to treating any medical condition, including insomnia, so what works best for one person is not guaranteed to work for everyone and anyone else. 

But if you are one of the many women who experienced insomnia or sleeping difficulties in the later stages of pregnancy, postpartum, or just in general, and want to try your hand at natural remedies, studies have shown that certain essential oils and herbal supplements can, in fact, help someone go to and stay asleep. One 2017 study published in the journal Cureus found Ashwagandha root extract to be “a natural compound with sleep-inducing potential” that can improve “sleep quality and sleep onset latency in patients with insomnia.” While further large-scale studies are needed, this is certainly good news for those who are turning to herbal supplements, like those offered by Mountain Meadow Herbs, to treat insomnia and other sleep-related problems. 

Mountain Meadow Herbs, a carefully researched, safe, and highly-effectively herbal extracts company, offers a Stress & Sleep Relaxation Support supplement. The calming herbs, flowers, and roots found in this herbal supplement promote calmness, help you stay relaxed, can help you fall asleep faster, and work to stop the build-up of stress during the day. Coupled with a calcium supplement, such as Mountain Meadow Herbs’ Herbal Calcium supplement, and the supplement could provide even more relief. 

Another 2017 study of 120 subjects with sleep disturbance symptoms found that “botanical dietary supplements with relaxing and soothing properties” can be used to treat primary insomnia, though again, more large-scale studies are needed to fully understand how and why these supplements are successful. Some botanical dietary supplements include valerian root, chamomile, passionflower, hops, and lemon balm. 

Mountain Meadow Herbs’ Bed-Time Drops, which help users fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, is composed of valerian root, hops flower, skullcap herb, and passionflower leaf all non-addictive supplements that studies have shown can help treat insomnia. 

Again, it’s imperative that you discuss your sleep issues with a medical professional prior to taking any over-the-counter remedy or wellness supplement. And of course, there is nothing wrong or shameful about using prescription medications to treat your sleep issues, insomnia, or any other disorder if that is what you and your physician believe to be the best course of treatment. At any time, and especially now, we’re all just trying to do our best with the hands we’ve been dealt. 

But given what we know about sleep deprivation and the ways in which a lack of sleep can affect you, both physically and mentally, it’s important that we all focus on our sleep and how much we’re actually getting. So if you’re interested in learning more about how herbal supplements can help treat insomnia and promote better sleep, talk to your physician and consider trying one of Mountain Meadow Herbs sleep-promoting supplements to get the rest you need and deserve.

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