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Arkorelax® - A good night's sleep has never been so natural

5 plants and active ingredients for sleep

Sleep is necessary to recover, but also to maintain alertness, memory functions, learning and adaptation to new situations. Sleep therefore plays a vital role in our well-being. Is it playing tricks on you? Do you suffer from sleep problems? Frequent night-time awakenings? Opt for the gentle solution: plants and melatonin. Thanks to our formula and our advice on how to sleep better, benefit from a restful sleep and a helping hand to help you sleep.

Plants that help you sleep better

Valerian - Arkorelax®
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.)

Native to the temperate regions of Europe and Northern Asia, Valerian is a perennial plant that prefers moist soil and can grow to more than a metre in height. The flowers are small, pale pink and fragrant, grouped in corymbs at the end of the stem. It has a yellow-grey rhizome with thick roots. When dried, the root gives off a very characteristic, strong odour pthat is surprisingly attractive to cats... hence the name "catnip". Valerian draws all its properties from the underground parts: the root and the rhizome.

Valerian, a relaxing plant, helps you to fall asleep and to find a calm and restful sleep.

 

Passionflower - Arkorelax®
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata L.)

Passionflower is a climbing plant with spectacular flowers, native to Brazil and Peru. There are over 500 species in the Passifloraceae family. The name Passionflower comes from the Latin passio, passion and flor, flower, i.e. « Passion flower ». Its aerial parts are known in herbal medicine to help relaxation.

passionflower helps to reduce the feeling of anxiety. It helps to improve the quality of sleep.

 

Californian Poppy - Arkorelax®
Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.)

Californian poppy is a plant within the Papaveraceae family. It is native to California and is commonly grown in ornamental gardens. Californian poppy is available in warm orange colours.

A relaxing plant, Californian poppy helps to improve the quality of sleep. It is worth noting the presence of alkaloides in the flowering aerial part of the plant.

 

Lemon balm - Arkorelax®
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)  

Probably originating from Asia Minor, Lemon balm was introduced in the Middle Ages into the western part of the Mediterranean basin. Lemon balm is a perennial, herbaceous plant. Its small, embossed, serrated leaves give off a lemon scent when crushed.

Due to its relaxing properties, Lemon balm helps relaxation and physical and mental alertness.

 

Hops - Arkorelax®
Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Hop is a climbing plant of the Cannabaceae family. The female inflorescences it produces have been used since the Middle Ages to flavour beer, giving it its bitterness and flavour. Its cones are commonly used in phytotherapy for their relaxing properties.

Soothing, Hops are particularly recommended to help you fall asleep.

 

Melatonin, the sleep hormone

What is melatonin?

Known as the « sleep hormone » or the « hormone of darkness », melatonin is a hormone naturally synthesised by the body during the night from serotonin in the pineal gland (also known as the epiphysis): it is involved in the regulation of biological rhythms.

What action?

Melatonin regulates our internal clock by triggering sleep1 and helps reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. When daylight comes, light blocks the synthesis of melatonin. The maximum level of secretion is reached on average around 3-4 a.m.

The melatonin level increases
as
the light decreases

The melatonin increases as the light decreases
The melatonin increases as the light decreases

Be aware that melatonin secretion can be disturbed in certain situations: exposure to artificial light, time differences, or with age.


1 Claustrat B, Brun J, Chazot G. Mélatonin, sleep-wake rhythm and sleep. Médecine du sommeil 2005;1(4) : 11-19.