7 Proven Benefits of Valerian Root

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1) For Insomnia

Insomnia can have a dramatic effect on your quality of life; I am quite familiar with the problems it causes having suffered insomnia for over a year some time back.Thankfully, my sleep patterns are back to normal but the prescription pills that I was given at the time did not get to the root of the problem and I was very concerned about their addictive nature.

Effects of Insomnia

Insomnia is a real issue these days and estimates suggest that it is so common that some 60 million Americans are affected at some point. Sleep deprivation can have very far reaching consequences including the following:

It causes accidents

Sleep deprivation is a major cause of work and road accidents-in the US alone it is estimated that some 100,000 accidents resulting in over 1500 deaths are the direct result of sleep deprivation. Work accidents are also far more likely when employees are fatigued not to mention the amount of work absenteeism caused by insomnia.

It can dumb you down

Adequate amounts of good quality sleep are essential to learning and thinking. Without the required amount of sleep, you will have trouble focusing at school or at work.

Sleep cycles are also very important when it comes to consolidating your memories meaning that you will have more trouble taking on board new information gleaned during the day.

It can lead to health problems

Apart from the mental problems it causes, sleep deprivation can have grave consequences on your physical health. Lack of sleep puts you at a far greater risk of severe illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Estimates suggest that around 90% of insomniacs have at least one other serious health condition.

It kills your sex drive

Unfortunately a lack of sleep can also pull you right out of the mood for love. Lack of sleep significantly depletes your sex drive which obviously has serious knock on relationship effects.

Other potential effects of insomnia include depression and anxiety, poor skin health and even potential weight gain so it is vital that we do all that we can to ensure that we are getting enough sleep. There are a number of potential home remedies and tactics that you can try and one such natural treatment is valerian root.

Unlike more powerful pharmaceutical medication, valerian root is considered to be gentle and safe when used properly and several studies confirm its use for those who are seeking a good night’s sleep.

A number of studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of valerian root as an alternative insomnia remedy.

It might not work immediately and you will need to exercise a degree of patience. One very well designed study using 184 adults was published in 2005 and found that valerian root was no better than a placebo for the first 14 days of treatment but after 28 days, it significantly improved the quality of sleep of the subjects who took it.

Not every piece of research has been so positive and the jury is still out on how well valerian root can actually help with insomnia. The evidence is still contradictory with many pieces of research noting no difference between the effects of valerian treatment and a placebo.

A meta-analysis of the published research conducted in 2010 was not entirely conclusive and suggested that valerian root may be beneficial for insomnia but that more research was necessary to quantify its objective benefits.