Top 4 Natural Sleeping Supplements That Work

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In a world where the pharmacy section is overrun with “non-habit-forming” sleep aids and television ads tout a faster, easier way to fall asleep at night (with a prescription, of course) it can be easy to forget that there are numerous sleeping supplements on the market that are natural and effective. Keep in mind that you should always let your doctor know of any supplements you’re taking, as they can interact with other medications or certain health issues.

Melatonin: The natural hormone produced by your brain that tells your body it’s time to sleep, scientific studies indicate that melatonin supplements can decrease the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep.

Valerian: Touted for both helping people fall asleep more quickly and engage in better-quality sleep, this herbal extract is one of the most popular supplements for dealing with anxiety and insomnia.

Chamomile: A classic choice, especially when drank as a tea, this herb has a calming effect, which is useful for sleep when stress or anxiety are making it difficult for you to “turn your brain off” at bed time.

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): This supplement is a form of the precursor to melatonin, naturally produced by your body. It can ease insomnia as well as anxiety, making falling asleep and staying asleep a breeze.

All of these options are considered relatively safe in otherwise healthy individuals, and are often a good choice for treating insomnia. Unlike many over the counter sleep aids or prescription products, there’s little to no “morning after hangover” and most report that sleep with these supplements feels more natural, and less like a “drugged” feeling.