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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

Dr. Randy Baker
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A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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 are some good sleep aids and sleep medicine?

What are some good sleep aids and sleep medicine?

See below: Talk to you primary care doctor about why you can't sleep. Meanwhile establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bedtime routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a "i'm sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don't use your bedroom as your office. Use your bed only for sleep and sex, our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...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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Is there a safe way for clozapine de addiction slowly, and to use roadback.Org researched supplements sleep supplements ambesleep somabien?

Is there a safe way for clozapine de addiction slowly, and to use roadback.Org researched supplements sleep supplements ambesleep somabien?

TheRoadBack.org: Clozapine is not an "addicting" medication -- it is an antipsychotic used mainly in schizophrenia. I am familiar with theroadback.Org -- but they do not have any supplements called "ambesleep" or "somabien." I do not recommend going off your antipsychotic medication without working with your psychiatrist, as symptoms could re-emerge. ...Read more

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I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?

I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?

NONE: Get a sleep study to rule out OSA. Consider exercise, meditation, prayer, progressive relaxation and keep a sleep journal. Consult a clinical psychologist and consider hypnotherapy. Read " The Relaxation Response" by Herbert Benson,M.D.. Get off all sleeping medicines. ...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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Working nightshifts (hence, no sunlight/asleep during daytime). Should i take vitamin d supplements and at what dosage?

Working nightshifts (hence, no sunlight/asleep during daytime). Should i take vitamin d supplements and at what dosage?

Get lab: You might be vitamin d deficient but before taking a supplement, get a level checked first so you can know how much to take. It will also serve as a baseline level to know if you have improved on the replacement. 2000-4000 iu/day vit d3 is a standard and safe level but monitoring is very important. ...Read more

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I take Lunesta (eszopiclone) for severe insomnia, but am also interested in sleep hygiene to augment this medication. Any suggestions?

I take Lunesta (eszopiclone) for severe insomnia, but am also interested in sleep hygiene to augment this medication. Any suggestions?

Sleep routine: Try to get yourself into a sleep routine such as stop working and stimulating your brain an hour prior to going to sleep, put some soothing music on or a read, drink some sleepy time tea and/or have some melatonin (if it's not contraindicated with other meds you may be taking), sleep in total darkness, don't sleep with a television on or use electronic devises 30 mins before sleep. ...Read more

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What are some herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

What are some herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

My thoughts: If you have clinical depression & anxiety you'd be better off using medication--it takes a large amount of herbal preparation to equal a weak antidepressant--sort of like hunting elephants with a bb gun! (:. ...Read more

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Are there natural supplements to take for insomnia?

Are there natural supplements to take for insomnia?

Melatonin + sleep : Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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What vitamins supplement needed for stress and lack of sleep?

What vitamins supplement needed  for stress and lack of sleep?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to make up for bad habits that causes all sorts of stress on their body. The truth is that a healthy lifestyle with proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and prevention of disease supplements should be used to make up for a deficiency in your diet or imbalance in your system. ...Read more

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Can I take 150 mg trazodone with halcion (triazolam)? To help with sleep initiation and sleep onset problems are is this too sedating?

Can I take 150 mg trazodone with halcion (triazolam)? To help with sleep initiation and sleep onset problems are is this too sedating?

Depends: How long have you been on Halcion (triazolam) or trazodone. This determines the amount of sedation you will suffer. Halcion (triazolam) is okay for short term use, but should not be used for more than a few weeks, because it is addictive and tolerance and rebound insomnia can develop. Trazodone should be only given at dose prescribed by physician, with any increase in dose determined by the doc giving it. ...Read more

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I take omega 3 + vitamine bs + fatty acids everyday. What other supplements and eating habits guidelines can help with mood, ADHD and anxiety?

I take omega 3 + vitamine bs + fatty acids everyday. What other supplements and eating habits guidelines can help with mood, ADHD and anxiety?

None: A large multi-center double-blind clinical study performed by the nih recently competed, and showed that outcomes on vascular disease were not improved on omega-3's. The claim has been made that many such theoretical treatments of the vascular system will improve every function in the body, due to increased perfusion. The best bet is to eat lots of fresh fruits and green vegetables, and exercise. ...Read more

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Sleep depravation one night led to a chain of sleepless nights. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sleep hygiene melatonin and no stimulants won't help how can I stop the chain?

Insomnia: There are tons of different sleep aids available, but at this point your insomnia is also caused by the fear/anxiety of not being able to fall asleep. I've had good success with short as needed use of Lorazepam in select patients. It works like a champ for them up to a week and then they are able to sleep on their own. There's a concern of them being addictive, but short and as needed use is ok. ...Read more

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I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?

I suffer with chronic insomnia and sleep apnea. I've taken different medications for depression, anxiety and sleep many years. Medications aren't work?

Difficulty falling: asleep 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. A clinical psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more