Similar to valerian, chamomile is a natural herb that has been used for years to treat many health problems from stomach distress to lack of sleep. Although commonly found as a tea, chamomile can also be purchased as an extract and even an ointment that can be applied to the skin. As a tea, chamomile helps to calm and relax the body. Chamomile has not been tested as a sleep aid on humans; however, the herb has been tested on animals and has proven to aid in restful sleep.
Valerian is an ancient herb that can be purchased as a dietary supplement. For thousands of years, the earliest settlers used valerian to treat symptoms of nervousness and insomnia. It is important to note that there are no scientific studies proving that the herb can successful treat insomnia; however, many sleep deprive individuals daily a daily valerian supplement. It is advised to check with a physician prior to starting any new herbal supplement.
Produced by the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin is a crucial hormone in regulating sleep. When an individual lacks the correct amount of melatonin in their body, he or she may suffer from insomnia and lack of energy. Melatonin can be purchased at a natural food store in supplement form as a sleep aid. Melatonin supplements have not been scientifically tested so it is advised to consult with a licensed doctor prior to purchase.