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What are some home remedies for insomnia?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Consider melatonin, warm milk, valerian ; chamomile.
I agree that it is best to try non-medication options before taking home remedies or medications. 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 ;.

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Consider melatonin, warm milk, valerian ; chamomile.
I agree that it is best to try non-medication options before taking home remedies or medications. 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 ;.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
& finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Risk/benefit

It is important to start w/ medical evaluation.
Otc, herbal, and nonprescription remedies are not entirely benign and most have warnings abotu drug interactions, and more than short term use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy with relaxation traingin and sleep hygiene has been found to be more effective than meds: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychotherapeuticotcherbalinsomniatreatments.Asp.

In brief: Risk/benefit

It is important to start w/ medical evaluation.
Otc, herbal, and nonprescription remedies are not entirely benign and most have warnings abotu drug interactions, and more than short term use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy with relaxation traingin and sleep hygiene has been found to be more effective than meds: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychotherapeuticotcherbalinsomniatreatments.Asp.
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