Sleep is one of the factors that form the basis of being a healthy individual.
Today, many people have insomnia problems when talking about the hustle and bustle of life, stress and environmental factors. If we talk about three plants that are studied for quality sleep, these are; Ginkgo biloba extract is in the form of hops and valerian.
If we start with ginkgo biloba extract;
Ginkgo biloba extract, produced from the leaves of the ginkgo tree, is one of the 10 best-selling herbal remedies in the United States in Europe, used to treat symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, vascular dementia, and tinnitus of vascular origin.
The mechanisms of action are thought to reflect the action of the various components of the extract and include increasing blood flow by dilating blood vessels, lowering blood viscosity, altering neurotransmitter systems, and reducing the concentration of free oxygen radicals.
Studies have shown that it significantly improves sleep patterns by increasing sleep efficiency and decreasing awakenings, while sleep stage 1 and REM intensity decrease while stage 2 increases.
Female inflorescences of Humulus lupulus (hops) have long been used in traditional medicine to treat sleep disorders, well known as a bittering agent in the brewing industry. The traditional use of hop preparations in nervousness, anxiety and sleep disorders has been proven by studies.
A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial in patients suffering from sleep disorders demonstrated equivalent efficacy and tolerability between a hops-valerian preparation and a benzodiazepine drug.
The combination of hops and valerian improved sleep by solving insomnia by acting as a modest hypnotic.
Hops may be responsible for allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Signs of marked bronchial irritation, dry cough and shortness of breath were observed in hops processing workers.
Although the plants are beneficial, they can be harmful if we exceed the dose. There are not enough studies on the recommended dose of these three herbs.
Therefore, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those with chronic diseases should not consume it without consulting their doctor.