Best sleep aids

The best sleep aids are always the natural sleep aids and these aids should be tried first to help with insomnia.

A couple of examples of natural sleep aids include reducing stress by meditation techniques, lifestyle changes including reducing caffeine, no smoking, no naps during the day, and more sun light in your life. Other best sleep aids are changing to a healthier diet as well as starting an exercise program. If after making these changes you still have trouble with sleep, and a visit with your doctor confirms that there is no medical reasons for your insomnia then there are other sleep aids that you can consider using.

Melatonin is a sleeping aid that offers help to many people with asleep – especially those people who suffer from the insomnia caused by working shifts or who suffer from jet lag. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the human body. It is produced when serotonin, another natural hormone, is exposed to less or low light at night. It does have side effects and it is recommends not being used by people suffering from schizophrenia, depression, autoimmune diseases, or other diseases or illnesses. Pregnant and nursing women and children should not use melatonin.

There are herbs known to be good for people having sleeping problems. One familiar herb sleep aid is named Valerian and has been use for decades in Europe as help with insomnia. It is only sold in the US as a dietary supplement. Researchers are not certain how this Valerian works, but it have been shown that it does help with insomnia, as well as stress, and often as an aid in helping people who are trying to discontinue the use of benzodiazepines (prescription drugs for anxiety and panic attacks).

There are side effects that have been reported, so before taking this or any herbal aid, a person should first speak with their pharmacist or family physician, especially if they are currently using any prescription medications. The root is the part used in herbal sleep aids, and side effects of headaches and night terror, have been reported. The oil of this root is reported to have the odor of cat urine, so the most popular way to take Valerian is as a pill, rather than a tea made from the liquid.

There are many other-the-counter (OTC) medications that have helped others with their insomnia but as with any other medication, there are also side effects. Children and others can be helped with insomnia, by taking a baby aspirin, but there are also people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirin, so care should be taken with them.

Other common OTC sleep aids such as Nytol, or Sominex can also be tried by adults but, again, a person should discuss with their family physician before taking any of these sleep aids especially if the person suffers from or is currently under treated for depression and other mental health issues and especially for anyone currently under treated for Parkinson’s disease. Many OTC medications contain antihistamines which causes some persistent side effects such as dry mouth, and extreme drowsiness.

So, again the best sleep aids should always be the natural sleep aids and these natural aids should always be tried first to help with insomnia.