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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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I have insomnia.I've been waking up in the middle of every night and I cannot fall back asleep.What natural sleep aid would be best to take? I'm 33 yr

I have insomnia.I've been waking up in the middle of every night and I cannot fall back asleep.What natural sleep aid would be best to take? I'm 33 yr

Difficulty falling: A sleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Try not to nap in daytime or limit it to a cat nap of 15 minutes. Some people take melatnoin 1 hr prior to slee ...Read more

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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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Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep aid to use from time to time?

Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep aid to use from time to time?

There is no "best"..: The best one is one that works for you and doesn't cause any problems. The most common over the counter sleep aids have diphenhydramine, and this is in Benadryl and unisom. Nyquil has a sleep medicine (zzquil) that also has diphenhydramine, but it also has alcohol. You could also try melatonin is something you can buy in the store that can help with sleep. ...Read more

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Can vicks-zzquil cause anxiety? What can be used as a natural sleep-aid?

Can vicks-zzquil cause anxiety? What can be used as a natural sleep-aid?

Natural Sleep aids: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) & St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are herbs which can aid with sleep. Kava kava (Piper methysticum) can be effective but ...Read more

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What is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

What is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Melatonin can : Be very helpful. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile are also used. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Some options: i think the diphenhydramine is one of the more effective choices but other that may or may not work: melatonin valerian root http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-land-nod/201305/the-lowdown-over-the-counter-sleep-aids ...Read more