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 occasional insomnia.  Included in these are reducing stress by using relaxation or visualization techniques, making changes such as stopping smoking, cutting down or eliminating caffeine, eliminating any naps during the day, and getting as much light as possible during your waking hours. Other natural sleep aids are small things such as starting to eat better as well as beginning an exercise program.

But if you make most of these changes and still have problems sleeping, you should meet with your doctor to make certain that there is no medical problem that is causing this insomnia.  If not, then there are other sleeping aids that you can use.

Melatonin is an aid to help with sleep — especially for those who suffer from sleeplessness from doing shift work or from jet lag while traveling. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced when serotonin, another hormone, is exposed to the decreasing light at night.   Melatonin does have some side effects and is not recommends for use by anyone with depression, autoimmune diseases, schizophrenia, or other serious illness. Pregnant women and those who are nursing should not use melatonin.

There are many herbal sleep aids that have been used for years by people who have trouble sleeping.  One of the most common is called Valerian and has been used for years in Europe for help with insomnia.  In the United States Valerian is sold as a dietary supplement.  It is not certain how this herb works, but studies have shown that Valerian does help with sleep and also with stress.  Valerian does have some side effects so before taking this herbal supplement; you should discuss taking it with your pharmacist – especially if you are on any other prescription medications.  Valerian is made from the root of the plant and headaches and night terrors have been reported while using it.  Because the oil of this root has the smell of cat urine, it should be taken as a pill rather than made into a tea.  And you should keep it away from your cats because it makes them a little crazy.

There are also several (OTC) other-the-counter sleep aids that have helped many with their insomnia but as with any other medication, there are also side effects.  Children and even adults can often get help for sleeplessness, by taking a baby aspirin.  But there are many people who are allergic or sensitive to aspirin so care should be taken.

Some common OTC sleep medication such as Nytol and Sominex can also be tried but this should be discussed with you doctor first.  This is especially true if you suffer from or are being treated for any mental problems such as depression or if you are being treated for Parkinson’s disease.  Most OTC sleep medications contain antihistamines and can cause side effects such as excessive drowsiness or dry mouth.

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