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A 30-year-old male asked:

I have a problem staying asleep. i tried meditation, exercise, anti psychotic. should i peruse benzodiazepam? weed or alcohol? im exhausted!

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Other options: There are a variety of natural therapies you should explore. Benzodiazepams and alcohol foster dependence and create poor-quality sleep. Marijuana may help but I'd try other options first. Continue meditation and exercise and see http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sleep-aid Herbs like Baikal Skullcap can help. Also consider Glycine: http://tinyurl.com/letdxys Homeopathy may also help.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
NO!: Benzodiazepines are addictive and will worsen your sleep pattern in the long run. Weed will not help you sleep and could absolutely worsen your OCD. Alcohol disrupts sleep as well. (After that initial period that you "pass out" which is not restful sleep anyway) One natural sleep aid is to eat foods with tryptophan. Turkey and milk before bed. Melatonin is safe.

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