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What Is Insomnia?
Simply put, difficulty in falling asleep, or in remaining asleep during the night, can be referred to as insomnia.

Causes of Insomnia
Although Insomnia is often considered a disease, it is generally a symptom of some other ailment. 

There are many potential causes of insomnia, including sleep apnea, snoring, bladder or prostate problems, stress or depression.

Valerian is a popular treatment alternative to other commonly prescribed medications for sleep problems because it is considered to be both safe and gentle. In studies of animals and people, valerian has demonstrated mild sedative and tranquilizing activity, as well as the ability to relieve anxiety. Generally, studies have shown that valerian reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves the quality of sleep itself. Plus, unlike many prescription sleep aids, valerian may have fewer after effects the next day, such as morning drowsiness. In addition, although not studied scientifically, some experts use valerian for sleep disturbances related to feelings of depression.

* Tea: Pour 1 C boiling water over 1 teaspoonful (2 to 3 g) of dried root, steep 5 to 10 minutes.
* Tincture (1:5): 1 to 1 1/2 tsp (4 to 6 mL)
* Dry powdered extract (4:1): 250 to 500 mg
* Valerian extract, standardized to contain 0.8% valerenic acid: 150 to 300 mg.

Continue to takr valerian for two to four weeks, after which a two-week break is recommended to see if sleep has improved.

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a bushy perennial Old World mint that has lemon-flavored leaves. These leaves contain aromatic essential oils. Lemon Balm is highly recommended for relieving tension. It is normally used in conjunction with valerian for maximum effect. Try a tea made with two to four teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water.

Chamomile has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and is widely used in Europe. It is a popular treatment for numerous ailments, including sleep disorders and anxiety. In the United States, chamomile is best known as an ingredient in herbal tea preparations advertised for mild sedating effects.

German chamomile ( Matricaria recutita ) and Roman chamomile ( Chamaemelum nobile ) are the two major types of chamomile used for health conditions. They are believed to have similar effects on the body, although German chamomile may be slightly stronger.

If using a commercial tea preparation, as directed.
The white-rayed flowers can be taken as an herbal tea. Use two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of boiling water.

Insomnia Tea

1 teaspoon dried Vervain leaves
1 teaspoon Chamomile
Half teaspoon Spearmint

Mix all and add to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 8 minutes; strain.
SerenitePlus is a combination herbal/homeopathic formula specially formulated to treat the symptoms of insomnia, especially sleep onset insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) and to assist in the treatment of chronic insomnia. Use SerenitePlus to:

-Assist in the treatment of chronic insomnia
-Quickly induce a state of drowsiness and deep relaxation
-Relieve night time anxiety, worry and stress
-Prevent morning 'grogginess' associated with prescription and OTC sleeping tablets    
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People who are over 60 years old and women going through the menopause are more prone to insomnia, probably due to decreased levels of melatonin in the brain.

Other causes of insomnia include 'restless legs' syndrome (RLS), magnesium or iron deficiency, hormonal imbalance, shift work and excessive consumption of caffeine or other stimulants.

Insomnia is also a side effect of some prescription anti-depressant medication.

It is thought that more than 50% of all cases of insomnia are linked to psychological causes, including depression, anxiety and stress.

Treating the condition that is implicitly causing insomnia will automatically cure sleeplessness. For example by treating depression you are most likely to be cured of the accompanying sleep problems too.

Treating Insomnia
Sedatives are the easiest way to induce sleep. A sleeping pill taken before bedtime is all it takes to make you get into deep slumber. A sedative acts upon the body quickly and within a few minutes the drowsiness sets in. The irony is that most people use sedatives without realizing that they have addictive properties. Just as treating depression naturally can be of great help to you, herbs for insomnia can help in getting rid of insomnia without causing any side effects.

The herbs that are used for treating insomnia depend on the specific case. In some cases a standalone remedy is required. In other conditions herbal preparations containing a combination of herbs that complement each other is used. Herbs focus on boosting energy levels, curbing stress levels and relieving mental and physical fatigue to treat insomnia. Not only do these herbs cure insomnia but are also effective in treating various other conditions.

The herb valerian is a natural and effective alternative to synthetic sleep aids. It is recommended for people suffering from insomnia, nervous tension, restlessness or anxiety. Unlike prescription sedatives, valerian doesn't suppress REM sleep, cause morning hangovers, or interfer with memory, mental funtion of mood. Best of all, it's not addictive. Medicinally valerian has been in use since the first century. It was the main sedative in use in Eurpoe and America before the invention of barbiturates. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter tranquilisers and sleep aids.

The extract of the herb reduces brain and spinal cord irritability and is considered a good remedy for those suffering from restlessness, and stress-related anxiety, without impairing the ability to concentrate, providing a feeling of calmness.

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I have tried many natural products to try and help me to sleep. None of them has helped me like SerenitePlus. - Kay F, Canada