Sunday, October 03, 2004

Natural Solutions for Better Sleep

Having trouble getting some rest? Even though research has shown that
talk therapy is better than sleeping pills for insomnia, doctors are still quick to prescribe drugs such as Ambien, which can become addictive.

The recent trend to find more natural solutions for common ailments has prompted even more people to search for their own solutions. Here are a few tips to help you get a good night sleep, naturally:
  • Try aromatherapy to drift off into a scrumptious-smelling dreamland. Pillow sprays are available at drugstores and some cosmetic boutiques. We recommend the Healing Garden's Zzztheraphy Serene Dreams Pillow & Room Spray, $6.99 at
  • Cut out caffeine and sugar later in the day. Caffeine and sugar can stay in your system long after you feel its effects (up to 7 hours for caffeine). Try replacing your late night sodas with Chamomile Lemon Surrender to Sleep Herb Tea, $8.50 for 36 bags by The Republic of Tea.
  • Take some Melatonin. Melatonin, a hormone originally used for jet lag, is said to help regulate the body's circadian rhythms, or natural biological clock. Though not regulated by the FDA, many people claim better sleep after taking it regularly. We suggest Melatonin 3 by GNC, $6.99 for 120 caplets.

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