For centuries, people have used Valerian for various medicinal purposes. In the Middle Ages, it was used as cure for epilepsy, while Greek physicians praised it for its ability to reverse the effects of poison. Today we’re going to focus on the sedative and anti-anxiety properties of Valerian.
Drinking tea that contains Valerian produces a calming effect on the body that is especially helpful for anxiety and keeping stress levels down. Valerian root contains valerenic acid and valerenol, which act as anti-anxiety agents, stabilizing the central nervous system, allowing the body and mind to relax and unwind.
And of course as the body naturally relaxes, falling asleep is much easier. No doubt this impressive herb is used as a popular sleep aid. It does this by inhibiting the role of nerve cells or neurons causing a calming or sedative effect on the central nervous system. Not only does this increase the amount of time taken to fall asleep, but it can also improve the quality of sleep as well.
It’s also important to note that cutting off screen time at least 1 hour before going to bed will help you to fall asleep sooner and also have a more restful sleep (that includes all screens: television, mobile devices, tablets, etc.). If you’re having trouble distancing yourself from your mobile devices, make it a rule to leave it outside the bedroom! You’ll be a happier you the next morning.