Before calling the doctor for a sleep aid prescription, try a natural supplement instead.
Sleeping pills come with the potential of many harmful side effects, and frequent use can lead to dependency, addiction, and can cause problems with memory and attention. WebMD reports sleeping pills can interfere with normal breathing and can be dangerous in people who have specific chronic lung problems such as asthma, emphysema, or forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Valerian is an ancient supplement that has been used for combating insomnia and nervousness. Like valerian, chamomile is a traditional herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times to fight insomnia. Chamomile is often found in sleepy time teas.
You can also try synthetic melatonin supplementation. Melatonin is a hormone naturally found in the body and is believed to play a central role in regulating sleep and circadian rhythms.
When taken responsibility, natural remedies pose less health risk than prescribed alternatives. Before taking any supplement, it’s always recommended to speak with your doctor to ensure safe use.