Best natural sleep supplements in Australia, according to an expert
Welcome to another installment of Sleep Well Wednesdays – your weekly sleep support delivered straight from a sleep expert (hi, that’s me, Olivia Arezzolo!). This week, I share the 4 best natural sleep supplements available in Australia.
Sleep: it’s free. And we all want more of it, so why is it so hard to get? Specifically – that consistent, restorative, uninterrupted, eight-hours-a-night kinda sleep. Which is why we’ve enlisted Sydney-based sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo to solve our myriad of sleep concerns with our new editorial series Sleep Well Wednesdays. Check back each week and you’ll be off to the land of nod before you know it.
If you’re looking for a quick fix to send you to the land of nod each night, a supplement might be something you’d want to invest in.
While good sleep hygiene is always the first step to improving the quality of your sleep, I’m completely aware that for some people, this simply isn’t effective enough.
Here, I’ve rounded up the best four sleep supplements you can purchase in Australia. Each one caters to different needs and preferences, so make sure to pick one that suits you the most.
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Best natural sleep supplements in Australia
Hero ingredients include magnesium, passionflower, and California poppy – all of which are saviours for sleep.
First up, magnesium is a muscle relaxant. Deficiency is linked to insomnia, frequent nighttime wakings, an irregular sleep wake cycle (being awake in the evening and sleepy throughout the day) and cramping.
According to research, many of these symptoms are reversed with magnesium supplementation, so if those are your challenges, this may be the supplement for you.
However, it doesn’t stop there; the blend also contains Californian poppy, another natural relaxant.
Third, it also features passionflower – a herbal compound found in a recent study to be as effective as sleeping pills.
Tick, tick and tick to a good night’s sleep, indeed.
This plant medicine may be new to you, but kava has actually been used for hundreds of years by Pacific Islanders to support sleep and ease anxiety.
Its active ingredient kavalactones is a mild sedative, hence the traditional uses.
Importantly, unlike other sedatives such as alcohol, kava helps you feel more at ease without compromising mental clarity or making you feel hungover the next day.
With regards to anxiety, Fijikava has been found in clinical trials to improve symptoms of anxiety, making it perfect for those finding their anxious and overactive mind keeping them up at night.
Sick of waking at 3am? Ashwagandha could be your saving grace – and here’s why.
Research shows ashwagandha (AKA magic mushrooms) can lower stress hormone cortisol levels by 32 per cent.
With respect to your night time waking’s, know that this is largely driven by excessively high cortisol levels. As a stimulating hormone, cortisol helps us wake up.
However, if your levels of the hormone are too high, when your body naturally experiences a rise in the hormone (around 3am), you’re likely to wake.
The blend also contains Siberian Ginseng, a traditional Chinese medicine used to lengthen sleep.
Want the benefits of lavender but can’t stand the smell? This is for you.
Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, lavender can slow brain and overall mental activity. As a result, you’re likely to sleep deeper throughout the night.
As noted in a recent study, those sleeping in a lavender filled room reported a 20 per cent increase in sleep quality. And in case you were wondering, this largely measured sleep depth and how refreshed they felt upon waking.
If your sleep is seriously affecting your daily routine, book an appointment with your GP to discuss other options. And make sure to consult a medical professional for more information on sleep supplements.
Olivia Arezzolo is a sleep expert who holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology); Certificate of Sleep Psychology, Diploma of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine); Certificate of Fitness III + IV. You can find her on Instagram at @oliviaarezzolo.