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Given the serious impacts of chronic sleep deprivation, many people seek out prescription sleeping pills. However, these often have side effects, and may lose their effectiveness over time. The first approach to getting a better night’s sleep is to improve sleep hygiene by creating a conducive environment in your bedroom, and avoiding too much food or device usage before bed. Because supplements are unregulated, the “natural” label should not be taken to mean a product works or is safe. Melatonin, chamomile tea and valerian root are all common natural sleep remedies.
- Before trying sleep remedies, improve your sleep hygiene by sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, keeping your bedroom quiet and cool, and avoiding electronic devices before bedtime.
- Natural sleep remedies aren’t substitutes for good sleep habits, but if necessary, you may have success with melatonin supplements, chamomile tea, valerian root or lavender.
- Just because something is labelled “natural,” it doesn’t guarantee that it’s healthy, so check with your doctor before taking any supplement.
“In search of a good night’s sleep, many are tempted by the quick fix of sleeping pills but while they can be effective in the short term, they don’t offer a long-term solution.”