MEDS. PILLS. REMEDIES
Getting a goodnight sleep is essential Try the remedies and sleep aids, and see if it works for you.
Valerian is an herbal supplement treatment for chronic insomnia. It doesn’t work like a sleeping pill — that is, it won’t “knock you out. Be patient — it may take two to four weeks before you see any benefits from the herb. Studies about its effectiveness in treating insomnia are inconclusive.
Herbs that are excellent for sleep problems include chamomile, hops, passionflower, lemon balm, and skullcap. Such teas are recommended because the act of sipping a warm drink before bed is, in itself, relaxing. And that relaxation in turn can promote a restful night’s sleep.
Melatonin is the hormone that controls sleep, so it's no wonder that it naturally induces sleep. Some studies have shown that melatonin can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the number of awakenings, but not necessarily lengthen total sleep time. Lower doses (than usually recommended) are more effective.5-HTP
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid, a derivative of tryptophan and a building block for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in sleep.
5-HTP appears to increase REM sleep and decrease the amount of time required to fall asleep, as well as the number of night-time awakenings.
Most over-the-counter sleeping pills contain antihistamines, which make you sleepy. But they’re also very drying. If they work for you for occasional insomnia, just take a generic antihistamine instead of a sleeping pill; they’re less expensive and just as effective.
Prescription sleep aids are useful in helping treat severe insomnia or long-term sleep problems. Sleep is very important, and if you can't find any other solution, visiting a doctor may help you resolve your issue.