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I have a hard time falling asleep? Does chamomile or other herbals actually help?

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Dr. Thomas Stern
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Insomnia

The first step in treating insomnia is to follow good sleeping habits which are summarized here: http://www.
Drstern.Info/files/ahygiene.Pdf.

In brief: Insomnia

The first step in treating insomnia is to follow good sleeping habits which are summarized here: http://www.
Drstern.Info/files/ahygiene.Pdf.
Dr. Thomas Stern
Dr. Thomas Stern
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: They can

I agree w dr. Stern about then need for good sleep hygiene.
Chamomile can be taken 30 to 45 minutes before sleep to help with insomnia. It tends to be more helpful with mild insomnia. People with ragweed allergies can experience paradoxical reactions when using chamomile to help with sleep. Sleep hygiene tips: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time.

In brief: They can

I agree w dr. Stern about then need for good sleep hygiene.
Chamomile can be taken 30 to 45 minutes before sleep to help with insomnia. It tends to be more helpful with mild insomnia. People with ragweed allergies can experience paradoxical reactions when using chamomile to help with sleep. Sleep hygiene tips: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. Alcoholism is a major cause for insomnia. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. 8. No naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching TV. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV until sleepy. Warm milk. Lavender oil in bath or lavender scent on pillow. Melatonin is very helpful. Acupuncture often works well for insomnia.
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