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What herbs help sleep disorders?
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Dr. David Duhon
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: None, or some..maybe
For initial insomnia - research suggests some scents(eg.
Chamomile) can aid relaxation, as may teas from chamomile, valerian and kava. There are no manufacturing standards for these substances, so dosages vary and are unreliable. Some people find magnesium helpful for falling asleep or for restless legs. There are no valid herbal remedies for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc.

In brief: None, or some..maybe
For initial insomnia - research suggests some scents(eg.
Chamomile) can aid relaxation, as may teas from chamomile, valerian and kava. There are no manufacturing standards for these substances, so dosages vary and are unreliable. Some people find magnesium helpful for falling asleep or for restless legs. There are no valid herbal remedies for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc.
Dr. David Duhon
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
There are "GMP Standards" for manufacturing botanical medicines. A useful web site to check on contents and independent testing of products is www.consumerlab.com Clearly, not every product available is there, but you can review many.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Herbs and sleep
None are FDA regulated so the research is less compelling.
I teach a comprehensive CBT for Insomnia class. Some people find melatonin helpful (not an herb, made natural from other animals or synthetic). Valerian root and kava are sometimes used but I don't recommend spending very much if you are going to try them because there is no solid evidence they would help. Herbal teas may be more an expect

In brief: Herbs and sleep
None are FDA regulated so the research is less compelling.
I teach a comprehensive CBT for Insomnia class. Some people find melatonin helpful (not an herb, made natural from other animals or synthetic). Valerian root and kava are sometimes used but I don't recommend spending very much if you are going to try them because there is no solid evidence they would help. Herbal teas may be more an expect
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Dr. Beverly Dexter
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