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what is a natural substitute for a sleeping pill?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
OTC sleeping pill: Best sleep aid is to find & treat the cause of lack of sleep. Some otc sleep aids are melatonin for occasional insomnia.
Answered on Sep 11, 2017
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Natural sleep aids: You can try the following 1inositol 2melatonin 3valerian root extract 4l tryprophan 5magnesium 6 hot bath before going to sleep 7doxylamine 8diphenylhydramine 9chamomile 10kava kava all these have been recommended and some work better than others and some have side effects, you can educate yourself about the dosage and some side effects for these as these areoutside the jurisdiction of fda.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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