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What Are Some Natural Sleep Aids And Remedies
Music, lavender: Listening to special music with binaural beats can help you fall asleep faster. Check out www.Sleepphones.Com for free music. Lavender essential oil is also helpful. Make sure you don't stay up late looking at a bright computer or tv screen. ...Read more
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
Insomnia: There are many causes of insomnia and there are no natural sleep aids that work for everyone. Are you having trouble falling asleep or waking up frequently during the night? Do you have racing thoughts? Waking up gasping for air or having to go to bathroom? take a warm bath and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Reduce caffeine and alcohol. Get some exercise and sun during the day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids i can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?
Melatonin: Melatonin is the hormone that turns on the sleep cycle in our brain. Versions sold otc are very safe and fairly inexpensive and do not interact with other medications. You can also try Diphenhydramine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but it may make you more sleepy the next morning. ...Read more
I think benzos and lunesta (eszopiclone) are making depression worse. I am on citalopram which is starting to help. any natural sleep aids i can take with the citalop instead of benzos? no trazordone or serequel.
Talk to your doctor: Fortunately there are several options available. Talk to your doctor about trying something else. Also, its important to remember that good sleep hygiene is just as important for getting a good night's rest (sometimes behavioral changes can be enough to make sleep aides unnecessary). Be sure to avoid taking OTC "sleep aids" as they often contain benadryl (diphenhydramine) which can worsen your daytime symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melatonin & benedryl: are 2. 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. ...Read more
A variety: A variety of meds can help, but for most, healthy sleep habits beat any drug, although can take some time to show improvment. Shut tv computer off an hour before bed and never use in bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days/week. Don't spend more than 8 hours in bed. Don't sleep during the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially late in the day. See your doctor if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure if you are: Only referring to medication by the term "aids". Melatonin can be purchased over the counter ; can be quite effective. Valerian root ; chamomile are also used for this purpose. Sleep hygiene is very important. 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. ...Read more
It depends: on what is meant by weird symptoms. If you're sleepwalking, for example, then you'd need to discontinue the sleep aid and alert your provider. Anything effect that is potentially hazardous to your health or well-being would warrant stopping them, regardless of how well they're benefiting your sleep. ...Read more
Healthy sleep habits: Another sleep aid is changing your sleep habits. Look up healthy sleep habits online. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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