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A 24-year-old female asked:

What is a good sleep aid that is mostly natural and allows a full night's rest? i currently take ambien (zolpidem) to help ease my insomnia, but there are nights where it doesn't work or affect me at all. basically, it's not very reliable.

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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
A few: Insomnia is very annoying. I tell my ADHD patients to try Melatonin and to take chamomile calming tea 2-3 times a day. Personally like Tazo's brand. Stop TV/electronics 30 minutes before sleep. Use machine that makes calming droning sound next to bed. Hot shower and use lavender based lotion and comfy PJs. NO TV OR RADIO to lull to sleep. Use ambien (zolpidem) cautiously as can have some daytime drowsy pblms
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
INSOMNIA: First have a physical exam to rule out a physical problem. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM.com sessions. Research indicates with psychotherapy you can change & find better coping mechanisms. Please see a Psychiatrist for medication better for you than Ambien. You may also qualify for a sleep study.
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Last updated Jun 28, 2020

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