Vitamins and Minerals for a Restful Sleep

Reviewed by Aleksandra Morgan, CNP

Sleep is one of our body’s most important functions. While we’re sleeping, our bodies are busy healing and creating at a cellular level, and our brains work hard to process everything we saw and absorbed throughout the day. We understand that sleep is key, but it can also be difficult for those of us with busy lives and busy brains to “shut down” and rest. If you’d like to promote a consistent, healthy sleep cycle, we recommend considering some natural supplements.

AOR Ortho Sleep

Formulated with a blend of natural ingredients like GABA, melatonin, valerian root, and lemon balm, AOR’s Ortho Sleep is an excellent supplement to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested. 

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and melatonin are relaxing neurotransmitters that promote rest and calmness, allowing your nervous system to relax before sleep. Valerian root and lemon balm work to further promote the activity of GABA and provide herbal sleep support.  With its powerful blend of ingredients, AOR Ortho Sleep can help regulate and reset your sleep schedule for an optimal sleep cycle with plenty of important REM-time. 

Pascoe Neuropas Balance

Stress is the enemy of a good sleep. In order to rest easy, it helps to clear your mind of worries and anxiety. Meditation is a great example of a stress-reducing practice, but sometimes we have a stress imbalance that needs more direct action. Pascoe’s Neuropas is formulated with an herbal blend of dry extract of passionflower, valerian root, and St. John's Wort to assist with stress relief and promote a healthy balanced mood. 

Bell Lifestyle Sound Sleep

Including a mild dose of melatonin, the Bell Lifestyle Sound Sleep blend contains a number of ingredients to help promote a good night's rest, healthy breathing patterns (it can help to reduce snoring!), and can help optimize rapid recovery from morning grogginess. Also containing chamomile, passionflower and valerian, this product will put you in a tranquil mood and gently encourage you to (finally!) doze off… 

Douglas Laboratories Melatonin PR

You may have heard of people turning to melatonin when they are trying to combat problems with sleep, but what IS melatonin?  Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in our bodies to help control our body’s circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. However, with our busy lifestyles and the increased use of electronic devices before bedtime, this naturally-occurring hormone is often thrown off balance. While the other featured products on this list also contain low doses of melatonin, sometimes the isolated ingredient is all you need depending on your sleep goals. This prolonged release formulation from Douglas Laboratories can be used as a short-term treatment to improve sleep duration.

CanPrev Magnesium + GABA & Melatonin for Sleep

Melatonin is a commonly-known supplement for sleep support, but did you know that magnesium also has a big role in sleep quality? Magnesium is a mineral that is essential in hundreds of enzymatic functions in our body. Magnesium is important to feeling good but it is difficult to obtain through diet, hard to absorb, and easy for our body to lose. Supplementing with this Magnesium, GABA, and Melatonin blend helps to relax your muscles and nerves and calms your mind. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) regulates your cortisol (the stress hormone) to promote sleep, and melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm.