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Valerian: How does it help for better sleep?

Valerian: How does it help for better sleep?

What is Valerian?

Valerian is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. It is commonly used as a sedative in traditional and folk medicine. The root of the plant has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to help insomnia.

How does it work?

Valerian root extract has medicinal properties, it contains ‘nerve-calming’ compounds and these help to calm the body, shortening the time it takes to fall asleep. Some of the compounds found in Valerian can act on GABA receptors in the body. GABA helps regulate nerve impulses in your nervous system. When GABA is increased, it has a sedative effect on the body. Valerian root extract is said to increase the GABA, making you fall asleep faster.


Insomnia is much more than a poor sleep. Insomnia can be debilitating. Your body needs rest to recover, even if you haven’t been active that day, your body needs to repair itself after a day of performing even the most basic of functions like keeping your heart beating and digesting food. Insomnia can have a negative impact on your health physically and mentally. Since valerian root extract is said to shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, it can help with insomnia, although it is in no way a cure.

Lack of sleep 

Our sweet dreams gummies may be a sleep aid, but they’re still a beauty supplement. Did you know that sleep deprivation can impact the appearance of hair, skin, and nails? Not getting your 7-9 hours a night can be seen externally. Using valerian root extract as a sleep supplement can help with insomnia, which will benefit more than your sleep cycle.

Skin & sleep

Sleeping well is essential for skin health. Frequent lack of sleep can lead to dry, flaky skin and speed up the ageing process, increasing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Hair & sleep

Sleeping well is also vital for hair health. Sleep deprivation can lead to weak and dull hair. Hair falls out when it lacks nutrients and when your body lacks sleep, it impacts your immune system, impacting your hair also.

Sweet Dreams gummies

Haircarebear Sweet Dreams gummies are designed to help you switch off and recharge. The dream-inducing ingredient is valerian root extract! Each serve contains 40mg of valerian root extract to help calm your body, reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

Sleep tips

A consistent night time routine is a great way to wind down and ensure you get a proper rest. Non-caffeinated teas such as chamomile, lavender and passionflower are helpful with calming the mind and body. Using essential oils, scented candles or even moisturisers with lavender, sage, or cedarwood can induce a mild sedative effect. A night time routine would not be complete without our sweet dreams gummies, so if you’re running low or haven’t tried them yet, show here now!

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