Sleep

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) is a medical condition which as its name suggests is a sexual dysfunction which occurs after taking SSRI (selective serotonin uptake inhibitor) or SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) drugs. SSRIs (and SNRIs) are a widely used class of drug used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, …

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Withania somnifera: Ashwagandha Dreams & Benefits for Sleep

Ashwagandha (Radix Withaniae) is an Ayurvedic herbal medicine made from the dried roots of Withania somnifera, also known as Physalis somnifera or solanum somniferum, a plant from the nightshade family (Solancaeae). The name ashwagandha comes from Sanskrit and means “the smell and strength of a horse,” possibly alluding to the plant’s aphrodisiac/healing properties, its effects …

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Kava for Sleep (Piper methysticum)

Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is a shrub of the Piperaceae Family (Pepper Family), which can be found on some South Pacific islands, where the root has been used medicinally and ceremonially for centuries to prepare a hypnotic and narcotic psychoactive beverage known as kava (the Polynesia Islanders of the Pacific referred to Piper methysticum as …

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Humulus lupulus – Hops for Sleep

The Common Hops (Humulus lupulus) is a hardy, twining climbing vine. When female flowers mature into fruiting heads, the pale green, cone-like female flower clusters (seed cones or strobiles) are harvested. Humulus is from the Latin word for “soil:” humus. This refers to the fact that if it doesn’t climb on anything, it grows on …

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Wild Lettuce for Sleep

We all know lettuce (Lactuca sativa) as a leaf vegetable used in salads and sandwiches, however other than being a culinary plant, lettuce also has religious and medicinal significance, especially its wild counterpart Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa and other species). Lettuce has mild narcotic properties, and was even known as “sleepwort.” The Yazidi people of …

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Skullcap for Sleep

Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap) is a plant of the mint family native to North America. It was used for its healing properties by Native American tribes, and later adopted by European settlers. As a nervine tonic, skullcap has traditionally been used as a remedy for mental disorders. In this article, I will focus on skullcap’s …

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