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What are natural remedies to prevent insomnia?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Many
While there are many over-the-counter remedies that are used for treatment of insomnia, the best prevention is to have a good sleep schedule (also called sleep hygiene).
Go to bed and get up as close to the same time as possible, do not drink caffeinated products or alcohol at night if possible and sleep in a cool, comfortable environment free from light and sounds. A good bed doesn't hurt either.

In brief: Many
While there are many over-the-counter remedies that are used for treatment of insomnia, the best prevention is to have a good sleep schedule (also called sleep hygiene).
Go to bed and get up as close to the same time as possible, do not drink caffeinated products or alcohol at night if possible and sleep in a cool, comfortable environment free from light and sounds. A good bed doesn't hurt either.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Also avoid heavy foods or eating late at night
Dr. Donald Hazlett
So many things seem to be involved in good sleep. More recently it has been determined that exercising too close to bed time is a negative factor and watching TV right at bed time without a break away from it for 30 or 45 minutes contributes to poor sleep hygiene.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Many options
Favorites include 5-hydroxytryptophan, theanine, magnesium, & herbs like valerian, passionflower, skullcap & hops.
Ashwagandha & tulsi tea can also help, as can homeopathic remedies. Avoid caffeine later than noon. Exercise in the morning and meditation in the evening can help. Minimize stress & avoid excess stimulation before bedtime. Consider a hot bath with lavender oil & relaxation cd's.

In brief: Many options
Favorites include 5-hydroxytryptophan, theanine, magnesium, & herbs like valerian, passionflower, skullcap & hops.
Ashwagandha & tulsi tea can also help, as can homeopathic remedies. Avoid caffeine later than noon. Exercise in the morning and meditation in the evening can help. Minimize stress & avoid excess stimulation before bedtime. Consider a hot bath with lavender oil & relaxation cd's.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
"Homeopathic" remedies are no more than water with an unknown amount of unknown substances, tantamount to a placebo. The best home remedy for insomnia is hot milk with a tablespoon of honey and 2 of real vanilla extract. That produces a natural tryptophan reaction.
Dr. Randy Baker
Actually homeopathic medicines contain precisely known quantities of known substances; to say otherwise demonstrates total ignorance of how they are prepared! While many MD's believe they are placebos, many double-blind studies published in elite journals have found homeopathy to work significantly better than placebo- see www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-case-for-homeopathic_b_451187.html
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