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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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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


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Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Yes: If you they are disruptive or you experience other untowards side effects, stop the sleeping aid. ...Read more

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What are some sleep aids (natural or synthetic) that don't disrupt sleep architecture? (besides melatonin)?

What are some sleep aids (natural or synthetic) that don't disrupt sleep architecture? (besides melatonin)?

Valerian Root but: Sleep hygiene is important too. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath. ...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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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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Can melatonin induce a lucid dream?

Can melatonin induce a lucid dream?

Melatonin: Some users of melatonin report increase vivid dreams. Very high doses of @50mg. Increase rem sleep time & dream activity. ...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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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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Other more natural alternatives that help with sleep apnea?

Other more natural alternatives that help with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea therapy: I am assuming when you say natural you mean using things that are not man made and don't require surgery. Weight loss and positional modification (preventing back sleeping) may improve sleep apnea. Avoiding alcohol and sedating medicines will decrease the likelihood of sleep apnea. Unfortunately you can have sleep apnea even when follwing all of these rules. ...Read more

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Safe natural remedies for depression?

Safe natural remedies for depression?

Depression: One treatment that may or may not involve medication is cognitive behavioural therapy. Some herbal remedies have in the past been suggested but don't pan out. Talk to your pcp and try to get a referral for cbt. ...Read more

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Food as medicine. What foods promote wakefulness, sleep? Thank you!

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Food as medicine. What foods promote wakefulness, sleep? Thank you!

It's a long list!: A few for wakefulness/energy: coffee, green or black tea, siberian (red panax) ginseng, dark chocolate. A few for relaxation/sleep: chamomile, ashwaganda, rhodiola, valerian root, maca, holy basil, magnolia bark. A few supplements for relaxation/sleep: melatonin, magnesium, l-theanine, tryptophan, 5-htp. ...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?

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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Which are safe, effective herbal remedies for anxiety/panic, muscles, sleep, migraines, stomach issues etc..?

Which are safe, effective herbal remedies for anxiety/panic, muscles, sleep, migraines, stomach issues etc..?

Can't address all of: This in 400 characters. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help with anxiety. Although kava kava may help w anxiety it has potential to cause liver damage. St john's wort has been used for depression. Valerian root, melatonin ; chamomile have been used for sleep. Ginger is good for nausea ; stomach issues. Although not an herbal, acupuncture is good for anxiety/ panic/ migraine headaches, . ...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 foods can help induce lucid dreams?

What foods can help induce lucid dreams?

The top 3 foods: Eliciting lucid dreams are orange juice, milk and dairy products and mustard.Best wishes! http://ezinearticles.Com/?Foods-that-induce-lucid-dreams&id=738475 http://www.World-of-lucid-dreaming.Com/sleep-disorders.Html. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Gingko,tea,coffee: If you have excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy, i wonder whether you have sleep apnea. This necessitates a sleep study to diagnose and begins with a physician consultation. This can then lead to correct diagnosis and correction of the problem. In addition to getting a good night's sleep, natural stimulants such as gingko, tea, or coffee can help increase alertness. ...Read more

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