Taking Valerian Root for Sleep: Is It Worth It?

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"Insomnia affects approximately one-third of the adult population," a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Medicine finds. In fact, approximately 40% of adults with insomnia have used over-the-counter medication to help induce sleep, though there is only limited evidence to support the efficacy of many of those commonly used medications.

However, there is an all-natural alternative that yields favorable results, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Valerian has been used to ease insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness since the second-century A.D."

"As well as inducing sleep," Pole continues, "valerian encourages high-quality sleep, ensuring that we get good levels of REM sleep, encouraging full-body relaxation and restoration, helping us to feel vital and energized on waking." Below, find more information about this all-natural sleep supplement.

[Ed. note: Please speak with a doctor before trying any new supplements or making major dietary adjustments.]