Sleep disorder natural plant-based treatment

Regardless of what condition they are treating, often one of the first improvements people notice in their general health and wellbeing after starting plant-based treatments is the effect these natural products can have on their sleep. And so, it may be unsurprising to hear that there are plant-based products available to specifically treat sleeping disorders in the UK. These treatment options are only typically considered when other licensed options have failed to meet patients needs, or have caused unwanted side effects, but they could be the answer many have been waiting for.

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1 in 5

In the UK, 1 in 5 people are not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night, says Mental Health UK.


An 80% improvement in quality of sleep was reported by patients using natural, plant-based oil in a double-blind placebo controlled trial.


Only 18% of UK adults are aware alternative natural treatments can be prescribed for sleep disorders according to our representative research.


Of 17-23 year olds say they have had trouble with their sleep at least 3 times in the last week, and this is more common in females.


Trouble falling asleep

Sleep disturbances

Waking up during the night

Trouble getting back to sleep

Difficulty concentrating

Feeling irritable

Low mood

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Treatment will depend on what type of sleep disorder you have. CBT is routinely recommended to everyone with a sleep disorder, and sleeping tablets or sedatives are typically prescribed. For those with sleep apnoea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy may be recommended.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Continuous positive airway pressure

Relaxation therapy





Find out if you may be eligible for plant-based sleep disorder treatments here
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A word from our specialist

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Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

Could natural alternative therapies benefit sleep disorder symptoms?

The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. But, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and sleep apnoea are also classed as sleep disorders because they impact the quality, timing, and duration of sleep, and can affect a person’s ability to function when awake. 

While conventional treatment options like therapy and medication are routinely used by the NHS, those who have been unable to meet their needs using licensed approaches are starting to consider alternative approaches, such as plant-based treatments. 

Providing conventional treatments have failed to treat a patient’s sleep disorder, these natural alternative options may be an appropriate approach due to their sedative effects. 

Emerging evidence shows certain plant-based products can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and increases the feeling of fatigue, or sleepiness. In addition to this, the natural compounds they contain have shown promise in combating pain, anxiety, and stress, which can also greatly impact a persons' ability to fall asleep. 

Although further clinical evaluation and investigation is required, natural, plant-based sleep disorder treatments can be recommended by specialist doctors in the UK, like those that work for Releaf, to people who have been unable to find relief with conventional options. To find out if this course of treatment could be suitable for you, fill out our free online eligibility checker today.

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