Best Sleep Aids

Best sleep aids to you after natural sleep aid have not worked

The best sleep aids are the natural sleep aids and natural aids should always be tried first to help with insomnia. These include reducing stress by using visualization or relaxation techniques, making lifestyle changes such as no-smoking, no caffeine, no daytime naps, or getting more light during the day. Other natural or best sleep aids are changing to a healthier diet and starting an exercise program. But, if making these changes to try to reduce problems with sleep, and visiting a doctor to make sure there are no medical reasons for the insomnia; then there are other sleep aids that a person can consider using.

Melatonin is a sleep aid to help people fall asleep — especially people who suffer from the insomnia caused by shift work or jet lag. Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body when serotonin, another hormone, is exposed to decreased light at night. It has side effects and most of the literature recommends it not being used by people with depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases, or other serious illness. Pregnant and nursing women and children should also not use melatonin.

There are several herbs that are known to be beneficial for people having sleeping problems. One common herbal sleep aid is Valerian which has been recognized for years in Europe as being helpful with insomnia. It is sold in the United States as a dietary supplement. There is no agreement on how this sleep aid works, but studies have 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 (a class of prescription medications for anxiety and panic attacks). There are side effects that have been reported, so before taking this herbal aid, a person should discuss taking Valerian with a pharmacist, especially if they are taking any prescription medications. The root is the part that is 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 also several other-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids that have helped many with their insomnia but as with any other medication, there are also side effects. Children and others can be helped with occasional insomnia, by taking a baby aspirin, but there are also people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirins, so care should even be taken with them.

Other common OTC sleep aids such as Sominex, or Nytol can also be tried by adults but, again, a person should discuss with a doctor before taking any of these sleep aids especially if the person suffers from and is being treated for depression, or other mental health problems as well as persons being treated for Parkinson’s disease. Most of the OTC sleep aids contain antihistamines which are known to cause some lingering side effects such as dry mouth, and excessive 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.

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