Sleep is necessary for our bodies to rest and rejuvenate. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability and a reduced ability to deal with stress. A calcium deficiency in the body causes restlessness while a magnesium deficiency is often responsible for nervousness that prevents sleep. Supplementing with a B vitamin complex helps the nervous system combat stress and improve restfulness.
Herbal remedies can be a very effective, side-effect free way of relieving insomnia. Lemon balm tea is relaxing when taken just before bed. Valerian is used by many to relieve nervous exhaustion, mental stress and insomnia. An infusion of lavender, chamomile and hops is also a very relaxing remedy. Massaging with relaxing oils and taking herbal baths also helps to ready the body for sleep.