How to Fall Asleep: Herbal Remedies a Traditional Doctor Won’t Prescribe 

Insomniacs aren’t the only ones struggling to figure out how to fall asleep. People with jet lag, anxiety, and colds are all fighting the same battle. After multiple sleepless nights, we start to reach our limit and surrender to the readily available solutions, such as Zzzquil or benzos—anything to knock us out for good.   

Luckily, we live in an age of information that celebrates wellness, self-care, and herbal medicine. There are holistic solutions we can take advantage of that go beyond conventional Western health care, like habit-forming, non-effective sleep aids. 

Searching for a quick fix is a mainstay in Western medicine. When you tell your doctor you’re not sleeping, they’re likely to send you off with a prescription for sleeping pills and a faint-hearted recommendation to “see if these work.” 

Although this approach may work for some, it’s a temporary solution, almost like putting a Band-Aid on the problem itself and hoping it will go away. The statistics don’t look too bright either: 25% of adults in the United States say their sleep is insufficient 15 out of every 30 days. [1]

Go ahead and take a second to let that one sink in, because it’s practically unbelievable. Add up those numbers and that means people aren’t sleeping like they should 6 months out of the whole year! 

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion attributes this problem to low awareness of sleep health among Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers.  

No need to worry, because you’ve come to the right place to learn how to fall asleep with Sovereignty’s plant-based remedies.  

In this article, we recommend herbal remedies based on integrative medicine. We’ll explain what’s missing from Western medicine and how to fall asleep quicker and more peacefully. You’ll learn about the importance of assessing your sleep habits, making a plan, and executing a routine, along with a bonus tip about how to sleep with plants (sounds tempting).  

What is integrative medicine? 

You’ve probably heard many people allude to two separate health care systems: East and West. While they may seem worlds apart, bridging the two is what forms the basis of integrative medicine. 

Western medicine focuses on diagnosis through a reductionistic approach based on a patient’s symptoms, i.e. you’re not sleeping, take these pills.[2] Eastern medicine seeks to treat the underlying causes of an individual’s health problem with holistic attention to their physical and emotional imbalances, i.e. let’s work on healing, start here. [3]

As humans, we love to classify, label, and a group opposing ideas based on which one “is better.” This simplification doesn’t work with integrative medicine, however, because one is not inherently better than the other—they’re different but equally valid.  

That’s why integrative medicine has the potential to appeal to so many people, because it doesn’t reject Western medicine or favor Eastern therapies. Integrative medicine “cherry picks” the scientifically supported evidence of both treatments, says the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

OK, that’s enough shop talk, but still, good stuff to know. You came here for answers to how to fall asleep, and we have them. Let’s talk herbs. 

How to fall asleep with adaptogens 

Here’s the first thing missing from Western medicine: adaptogenic herbs. 

By definition, adaptogens are “a nontoxic substance, especially a plant extract, that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.” [4]

Practitioners of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been using adaptogens for centuries to not only treat but prevent illness and disease. There are immune-boosting benefits to consuming adaptogens regularly, while certain varieties have sleep-inducing properties.  

So far, research knows that these adaptogenic herbs are ideal for poor sleepers:  

  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola 
  • Ginseng  

You can also manage stress, mental fatigue, and irritability with adaptogens because they support better immune system functioning. Adaptogens come in many forms: powders, pills, tinctures, and beverages. There’s a type for everyone, especially for the people wondering how to fall asleep sooner. 

To get you started, you can consult our research-based adaptogens list here. We recommend choosing an adaptogenic powder formula for sleep, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves (the bonus tip we promised is towards the end of the article.) 

Another herbal remedy that’s been shown to help people sleep easier is cannabis. Your doctor probably won’t prescribe it for sleep, but we will. 

How to fall asleep with cannabis 

States across America have already legalized cannabis for recreational and medical use, while others followed suit in the 2020 election. States like Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota saw big wins on the topic of legal cannabis. [5]

Scientists know that specific cannabinoids in the cannabis plant reduce cortisol levels (a stress hormone). [6] For people who don’t sleep well, this hormone may be more active at night, consequently causing them to feel anxious. 

The best sleep is effortless because you don’t have to put in any effort yourself. CBD for sleep is holistically better than over-the-counter sleep aids for two reasons:

  • You won’t feel dependent on CBD for sleep 
  • You aren’t drowsy the next morning with CBD


Other non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBG and CBN are popular for their ability to make people fall asleep without waking up groggy. There are lots of options for consuming cannabis, so get out and do some experimenting to find your favorite form. Plus, CBD is legal in practically every state. 

If you’re still making excuses, you’re missing out big time. 

Seriously, what’s keeping you from better, more restorative sleep? With an integrative approach to your health care, you get results instead of side effects. 

We’ve provided you with a therapy plan so you can stick to a nighttime routine. If you’re still not sure how to fall asleep, here’s an exclusive Sovereignty tip:

Bonus: Sovereignty adaptogens + cannabis sleep powder 

We created a formula called Dream with our favorite sleepytime herbs. This water-soluble powder features hemp-derived cannabis and adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha and thorowax root to support healthy sleep.  

Take it from us, since we sleep with plants every night. A little bit of plant medicine makes a world of difference. Sleep is no joke and we wouldn’t want to let you down. Sleep well and dream well (those are doctor’s orders).