Using Passionflower For Sleep

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It’s no secret that conventional sleeping pills rarely help. Your body builds a tolerance to sleeping pills fairly quickly — the effects wear out after a couple of days or weeks of use — and here you are again, searching for an alternative. 

Passion Flower For Sleep

Don’t torture yourself and the people around you: there is an underrated natural alternative that can help you get sound rest during the night. 

We are talking about passionflower for sleep. Let’s take a look at why passionflower works so well for insomnia and how to take passionflower for optimal results and why we included it as an ingredient in our Sleep Gummies.

What is Passionflower?

Also known as Passiflora, passionflower comes in 500 known different species — out of which Passiflora incarnata may help with sleeping problems and anxiety. Passiflora incarnata, also known as purple passionflower, is a perennial creeping vine, native to tropical and semi-tropical southern US. 

This is the scientific definition of passionflower (passiflora incarnata): “passionflower is a highly valued calmative nerve, used for nervous restlessness, as a gentle sedative for sleep difficulties, and to reduce anxiety, neurasthenia, and nervous disorders.” [1]

This means that passionflower is known as the plant that can help you fall asleep by calming your body and mind. 

Luckily, passionflower has been true to its name for hundreds of years. Used by the Native Americans, and later introduced to Europeans by native Peruvians, this plant has been an aid for wounds and earaches, restlessness and agitation. 

In Germany, the plant is still used as a component of prepared sedative, together with valerian root and lemon balm. In the United States, passionflower was an official over-the-counter sedative and sleep aid, until 1978, when it was withdrawn. [2]

Studies on Potential Benefits of Passionflower 

We need more research on the benefits of passionflower, but there is some substantial evidence that this plant helps relieve insomnia and anxiety. Here are the potential benefits of passionflower:

Natural Sleep Aid 

Research shows that passionflower can have positive effects on sleep patterns in animals and may improve quality of sleep in humans. 

One animal study found that passionflower significantly increased deep (slow-wave) sleep in rats. The study also revealed reduced rapid eye movement and helped rats to fall asleep faster. [3]

A trial published in Phytotherapy Research revealed that passionflower can improve quality of sleep. The participants of the trial drank a daily dose of herbal tea, which contained purple passionflower. After seven days, the participants reported improvements in sleep quality. The researchers concluded that this plant might help adults manage mild sleep irregularities. [4]

May Relieve Anxiety

According to research, passionflower may relieve anxiety. One human study published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia found that patients scheduled for surgery who took the plant reported less anxiety compared to those who received a placebo. [5]

May Help With Epileptic Seizures

One 2007 animal study showed that by taking a mixture known as Pasipay, which included passionflower, mice showed increased time between seizures and decreased duration of seizures. However, more research is needed for determining the effectiveness of this plant for seizure management. [6]

How Does Passionflower Work for Sleep?

More studies are needed, but it is believed that passionflower for sleep works by increasing the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical created by the brain to help regulate mood. 

GABA works by inhibiting the neurotransmitters that cause excitement resulting in lower brain activity that may help you relax and fall asleep. 

One double-blind study investigated the effects of Passiflora incarnata on sleep quality in healthy volunteers aged 18-35. The participants of the study took passionflower tea, which contained 2 grams (g) of dried Passiflora incarnata leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers, one hour before going to bed, for seven days. The study showed that drinking passionflower tea before bed improves people’s ratings of their sleep quality. [7

How to Take Passionflower for Optimal Results 

Passionflower can help calm your mind and body, which is crucial for a good night’s sleep. What is the best way of taking passionflower to see optimal results? 

One of the best ways to take passionflower is in combination with other natural ingredients that help you sleep. Hair Bear Sleep gummies are specifically designed to help you relax and support a healthy sleep cycle.

You can take passionflower in the form of tea or another drink, but this plant is the safest when used in food-flavoring amounts. 

Hair Bear Sleep gummies are a scientifically formulated power blend of passionflower, melatonin, lemon balm leaf, valerian root, and cannabidiol (CBD) — nature’s finest ingredients combined in an easy-to-dose vitamin complex. 

Our gummies are soy-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free gummies enriched with cannabidiol (CBD) derived from organically-grown, non-GMO hemp. 

Hair Bear Sleep gummies are both easy to take and delicious. But, you need to remember, these gummies are not made to “knock you out” like sleeping pills. Hair Bear Sleep gummies will slowly calm your mind, let you fall asleep, and help you stay asleep. 

Just take the recommended serving before bed, and your sleep-deprived self will be glad that you’ve switched from bitter sleeping pills to a blue raspberry flavored candy that really works.

Ready to order? Click here to get your sleep-enhancing gummies and feel like yourself again. 

Passion Flower FAQ

Is passionflower safe?

Yes, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), passionflower (P. incarnata) is safe. 

What are the side effects of taking passionflower?

Passionflower has zero to minor side-effects that may occur rarely. Some side-effects of passionflower include drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. 

What does passionflower do?

According to studies, passionflower can help calm your mind and body, acts as an effective sleep-aid against insomnia, and eases anxiety symptoms. 

How much passionflower should I take to fall asleep?

It is recommended to use passionflower in food-flavoring amounts. One of the best ways to use this natural remedy is in combination with other ingredients that help with sleep, such as valerian root, lemon balm leaf, and cannabidiol (CBD). 

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