Trouble Sleeping? Try These Herbs for Relaxation and a Better Night of Rest

Published on August 14, 2018

Feeling stressed and having trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night? We've all been there. As we experience stress in life, getting a full night's rest can be especially challenging. Sleeping well is essential to overall health, but as anyone who has been stressed knows, sleeping while dealing with tension and occasional anxiousness isn't always that easy.

For thousands of years, herbs have been used to combat stress and to help aid in restful sleep. Herbs can promote a sense of calm and help the mind and body relax.

Below, we've paired the best herbs for sleep with four common stressful times in life where herbal products may help you find a more peaceful night of rest.

Back To School

backpack full of pens and folders with an apple and glasses on the side

Regardless of your age or grade, going back to school can be challenging for students and parents alike. As a parent, try easing back into a routine with your kids to get them ready for school nights. As a college student, you may be familiar with pulling the infamous all-nighter. Staying up all night to study can throw off the body's circadian rhythm (aka your natural body clock) and make sleep more challenging.

SleepThru® is a unique blend of herbs (Ashwagandha, Jujube, Magnolia, and Passionflower) that supports restful sleep and healthy adrenal function.*

During stressful times, the adrenal glands take a hard hit and so do we. When the adrenal glands are fatigued, we can feel physically fatigued with low energy levels and an inability to adapt to stress. Adaptogenic herbs, including Ashwagandha (the main ingredient in SleepThru®), can help adrenal glands respond to stress in a healthy way.

When the body's stress pathways are naturally supported, you can rest more easily and consistently.* SleepThru® promotes restorative sleep all night long, giving you energy to wake up feeling refreshed.* Perhaps it's the rest and energy you need to ace a test or make breakfast for the kids and get them to school on time.


Moving is never fun. Our home can be a sanctuary, a place to destress and relax. But during a move, everything inevitably becomes displaced. Whether you're doing all the heavy lifting or whether you've hired people to help, moving takes a toll on the body and the mind. During this process, it can be challenging to relax and shut our minds off from the seemingly never-ending to-do lists.

woman packing up books and her room

At the end of a busy day, our minds and bodies are often not ready for rest. Our Sleep & Relax formula a blend of organic herbs traditionally recognized to support tranquil sleep promotes a healthy sleep cycle by calming tension and helping the mind unwind.* Featuring California Poppy, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Marjoram, Passionflower, and Valerian, this blend aids in relaxation and calms nervous agitation.*

You could also start a nightly tea ritual. If you prefer to relax with a hot cup of tea before bed, try our Sleep & Relax Tea. Taking time to relax while sipping a hot cup of tea can be a great way to get settled into your new home and melt the tension away.

Starting a New Job

Resumes, cover letters, interviews, and more interviews. Going through the process of finding and starting a new job can be overwhelming. And once you're hired, there's the stressful anticipation of the first day, usually coupled with tossing and turning the night before.

Valerian Root has long been used to promote deep and restful sleep in those with occasional sleeplessness.* By promoting a sense of calm and relaxation, Valerian Root supports the body in falling asleep naturally.*


Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep

Whether you're traveling for work, vacation, or the holidays, traveling can throw off our schedule and routine. Sleeping in a different bed can also throw off the body, making it more challenging to fall asleep.

Sometimes, falling asleep can be the most challenging aspect of the sleep cycle. Our Sound Sleep® all-herbal formula features extracts of herbs historically recognized to facilitate the transition from wakefulness to sleep.* Encapsulated in Gaia's patented, fast-absorbing Liquid Phyto-Caps®, Sound Sleep® works quickly to help you fall asleep with more ease.

Create Healthier Sleep Habits

If you're stressed and can't sleep, herbal supplements can help, which is why Gaia Herbs offers a full line of herbal products designed to help you find your best night of rest.

Lifestyle changes can also make a huge difference. Try incorporating some mind-body wellness into your daily routine. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, practice yoga, try meditation, and take time for yourself. Discover some mindful ways to create healthier sleep habits. Making small, sustainable lifestyle changes to support restful, healthy sleep, can aid overall health and vitality and help you start and finish your days on the right side of the bed.