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Need Help Falling Asleep?

Need Help Falling Asleep?

Article by Don Goldberg

Need Help Falling Asleep?
by Len Goldstein

There are few things worse than lying awake all night (or a good part of it) tossing and turning, just waiting to fall asleep.  You can guess what the next day will be like if things don't work out.

As you are probably aware,  there are nutritional supplements that can be helpful.   And, if you use them correctly, you can avoid the dependency that often results with the use of pharmaceutical products.

Some of the tried and true  ingredients for sleep include valerian root, passion flower and chamomile flowers.  There has already been a lot of good material written about these products.  Equally effective, but perhaps not so well known are the herbs lobelia, pulsatilla and Hops Strobiles.

Some people have trouble sleeping due to interrupted breathing.  Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing during sleep is interrupted for ten seconds or more, not less than five times an hour through the sleep cycle. The herb Lobelia has been clinically proven to calm and regulate breathing, creating a powerful, steady pattern. Lobelia encourages the brain to repeatedly and frequently send the "breathe" signal to the diaphragm.

Pulsatilla can help relieve insomnia that is caused by worry, and not being able to "turn it off". It is said to be particularly helpful for nerve exhaustion in women.  Pulsatilla is considered to be a nervine, which is a plant remedy that has a beneficial effect upon the nervous system in some way.  It has been used to calm and soothe the nerves, as well as reduce stress and anxiety.  Pulsatilla aids in the release of the compounds anemonin and protanemonin which are thought to produce a sedating effect, and it is said to be effective in alleviating hyperactivity and insomnia.

Hops Strobiles
Strobiles Hops is another important sleep-promoting herb with a unique way of working. One component of hops, Lupulin, acts directly on the central nervous system.   In studies conducted in Germany on people who have trouble sleeping, those who were given a combination of valerian and hops reported that they experienced a much sounder sleep. These favorable reports were confirmed by researchers who observed the participants in this study and measured their brain waves as they slept.

As was mentioned earlier, we all have an interest in avoiding the "dependency" that often comes with taking product for problems like insomnia.  Whichever product that you decide on, it is best to avoid taking it on a continual and regular basis. For example, you might take the product for four days and then take three days off.  Alternatively,
you may choose to take your supplement every other day.

This, or course leads to the question, "what do I do on the off days?".  One possibility is to find a different sleep aid with ingredients which have very little in common with the main product that you are using.  You may have to experiment a bit to find the right products for you.

There are several products in the Willner Chemists Phyto-Tech line that you might find appropriate. One is called "Relax-PM."

Phyto-Tech Relax PM
Relax PM is a blend of Valerian and other herbs designed to promote sleep, relaxation and pain relief, especially in the evening and at night.
Who might benefit from this herbal supplement? Those with insomnia will find this supplement very helpful. It induces relaxation, lessens anxiety, and can reduce pain. It has a muscle relaxant action.
Relax PM slows mental activity, and thus is best used at night. For daytime use, the Phyto-Tech™ Relax AM formula is recommended.
Phyto-Tech™ Relax PM contains Valerian Root, Fresh, Hops Strobiles, Kava Kava Root, Vanuatu, Passion Flower, Chamomile Flowers, Lobelia Herb, Fresh, Pulsatilla Herb, Fresh, Alcohol, Pure Grain, Water, Pure Deionized
Dosage: Sleep: 60 - 120 drops in water or juice every 30-60 minutes, 1/2 hour before bed time until asleep. Can repeat if wake up. OK with other sleeping aids or protocols. Acute Pain: 60 - 120 drops in water or juice every hour or as needed to control pain. General Use: 30 - 60 drops in water or juice 2-3 times per day or as needed
Complimentary Formulas: Phyto-Tech™ Relax AM or Phyto-Tech™ Anxiety Complex (if anxious or mind races, toss and turn)
Phyto-Tech™ Valerian Root 1:2 (if need more sedation)
Phyto-Tech™ Kava Root 1:2 (if anxious or mind races)
Phyto-Tech™ St. Johns Wort (for depression, pain)
Phyto-Tech™ Relax PM
1 fl oz, Prod Code: 56959
Phyto-Tech™ Relax PM, Alcohol Free
1 fl oz, Prod Code: 57025

Phyto-Tech Sleep Complex with Melatonin
Another helpful product Phyto-Tech™ Sleep Complex with Melatonin
This formula combines the best herbal sleep aids with Melatonin. It is considered a sleep aid or deep relaxation formula, useful as a general sedative and analgesic
Who can benefit from this supplement? Those who have problems falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night, including those who cannot sleep or rest due to pain or anxiety.
Phyto-Tech™ Sleep Complex with Melatonin capsules contains the following herbs: Valerian Root, Hops Strobiles, Fresh Skullcap Herb, Passion Flower Herb, Chamomile Flower, Fresh California Poppy Herb and Melatonin, 3 mg.
Phyto-Tech™ Sleep Complex with Melatonin Liquid Herbal Extract contains the following herbs: Valerian Root, Fresh Skullcap Herb, Hops Strobiles, Passion Flower Herb, Fresh California Poppy Herb, Chamomile Flower,  and Melatonin, 3 mg.
Sleep Complex with Melatonin comes in two forms-a liquid herbal extract, and a liquid filled Veggie Capsule.  The liquid contain 425 mg per 30 drops and 3 mg Melatonin, while the liquid filled Veggie Cap contains 1,000 mg per capsule and 3 mg Melatonin.
For the liquid, take 30 drops in water about 15 minutes before bedtime. This can be repeated every 20 minutes, if necessary. For the liquid filled Veggie Cap, take one capsule about 30 minutes before bedtime. Two capsules can be used if necessary. Repeat if needed, or if you wake up during the night.
This herbal supplement can be used along with other sleeping aids.
Phyto-Tech Sleep Complex with Melatonin
1 fl oz - Prod Code: 57028

60 liquid filled Veggie Caps
Prod Code: 57045