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What's the best natural sleep aid?

What's the best natural sleep aid?

There is no best: There's no "best" natural sleep aid. What works for one person may not work for another. Melatonin and valerian root are two commons natural sleep aids. Usually though following proper sleep hygiene and making lifestyle changes works just as well, are long term successful strategies, and are cheaper. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the best OTC sleep aid?

What is the best OTC sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Several- benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unisom, valerian, melatonin etc. But they have potential side effects. ...Read more

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What's a good natural and safe sleep aid?

What's a good natural and safe  sleep aid?

Melatonin: I have many patients that utilize melatonin and extended release melatonin to aid with sleep. Paced breathing exercises in addition to progressive muscle relaxation is also helpful. ...Read more

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What is a better natural sleeping aid to take: valerian root or melatonin?

What is a better natural sleeping aid to take: valerian root or melatonin?

Depends : Some people will sleep with one and not the other. Both are safe. You have to find out which one, or if one, will work for you. ...Read more

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Can I take Somnapure natural sleep aid and Puritea natural energy and antioxidants from Peak Life with current medications?

Can I take Somnapure  natural sleep aid and Puritea natural energy and antioxidants from Peak Life with  current  medications?

I'd be careful ...: As you know, manufacture of herbal supplements is not regulated so their purity, safety and effectiveness can not be guaranteed. You are on some medicines, including Lamictal and Toviaz, (fesoterodine) which are unique and actually could interact with quite a few things. Somnopure contains valerian extract & Puritea contains ginseng. I hate to discourage something that sounds so promising, but I would avoid. ...Read more

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What natural remedy will aid in relieving constipation?

What natural remedy will aid in relieving constipation?

Fruits and vegetable: Anything that is rich in fibers is good for constipation, fruits and vegetables specifically, . ...Read more

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What is the better sleep aid?

What is the better sleep aid?

There isn't one best: Sleep medication. Different sleep medications suit different patients and different conditions more optimally. Melatonin is often used because it is often effective, inexpensive, available over the counter and does not cause drowsiness the next day. Make sure that you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off. ...Read more

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What sleep medicine works the best? Melatonin, hops, passionflower

What sleep medicine works the best? Melatonin, hops, passionflower

Any : Any patient who has insomnia must pay attention to their sleep hygiene. You must avoid alcohol and sedatives after 6 pm, leave bed for sex and sleep only and no tv in bed. If you can't fall asleep in bed don't stay in bed just find something else to do and come back to bed when u are a little sleepy. This will train your brain that bed is not for worrying/watching tv etc and will improve sleep. If all this does not work then you can consider other alternatives. Since melatonin is a natural supplement thus should be the first step. Sleep aids have high risk of dependance and should be tried on as needed basis only. ...Read more

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Is there a natural sedative to help me sleep better?

Is there a natural sedative to help me sleep better?

Lots of options: Melatonin, valerian root, ashwaganda, and many other options are available. Your sleeping environment and habits are at least as important. Pitch black darkness is helpful. Avoiding caffeine especially at night. Exercise in the morning can help you fall asleep at night. If you are having stress, try to fix it. Insomnia can be treated! ...Read more

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What is a good natural remedy to make toddlers sleep better?

What is a good natural remedy to make toddlers sleep better?

Be careful: Be very wary and careful of buying meds like these on line. A recent study showed as high as 92% of the meds that you were supposed to be getting were not actually what you got, and there were even weird fillers like shavings of metal in some of the pills. I would be very hesitant to ever but my meds on-line- there is no oversight to make sure you are getting what you ask for. ...Read more

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Whats the best product for digestion regularity? Or natural remedy?

Whats the best product for digestion regularity? Or natural remedy?

Fiber: Fiber should be the first try. If that doesn't give an adequate response i would suggest trying probiotics. If symptoms persist despite these additions consider seeing a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are good over-the-counter meds for sleep aid?

What are good over-the-counter meds for sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile are examples. ...Read more

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Any home remedies that help prevent nightmares, sleep paralysis ?, chamomile tea good ?

Any home remedies that help prevent nightmares, sleep paralysis ?, chamomile tea good ?

Tough question: There are no proven remedies for nightmares or sleep paralysis. You should avoid herbal supplement use with your current medications. Have you always had these symptoms or is this new since starting your current medications? Check with your physician if changing therapy may help. ...Read more

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Best ways to get good quality sleep?

Best ways to get good quality sleep?

Sleep: You need a room that is comfortable, with lack of intrusive noises, light, people, animals, etc. The bed needs to be comfortable and the temperature and humidity comfortable for you. The best sleep is natural sleep , ie not made with medications. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

Help docs, is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

It can help: Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine, and is often prescribed as a sleep aid. It is a bit like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and makes people drowsy, and often a bit groggy in the morning. It seems to make people less anxious as well. ...Read more

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Best natural sleeping remedys for insomnia, sleeping disturbance? Instead of having to take sleeping pills / painkillers to sleep?

Best natural sleeping remedys for insomnia, sleeping disturbance? Instead of having to take sleeping pills / painkillers to sleep?

Sleep: Turn off all electrical devices one hour before sleep. Dark room. Quiet. Melatonin 1 hour before getting tired to beat your pineal glands secretion of melatonin can help. ...Read more

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What's a good sleep aid recommendation?

What's a good sleep aid recommendation?

Sleep recommendation: It really depends on the cause of the insomnia. If "pure" initial insomnia that comes and goes randomly lasting for only a few days, over the counter remedies can help. Diphenhydramine, melatonin, or valerian root can work - but must be from reputable producers. Sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, or Ambien are prescription aids. Many use trazadone, gabapentin, mirtazipine, or tricyclic antidepressants as well. ...Read more

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Are melatonin and vit d natural sleep aids?

Yes: As a pharmacist, i don't consider it a vitamin (vitamins and minerals to me are things the body has to have to function properly, like vitamin a, c, d, etc. And minerals like iron and magnesium). I would consider it a natural sleep aid, however, since the body does contain and use melatonin in sleep regulation. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for obstructive sleep apnea?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for obstructive sleep apnea?

CPAP of OSA: Without a doubt, the best (and fastest) treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). ...Read more

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