So you have insomnia or some other form of sleep disorder, but you’ve decided the prescription pharmaceutical route (i.e. Ambien) isn’t going to work out for you. You begin looking over the all-natural and OTC options … and there’s a staggering amount. Where do you even start? Are all of these substances safe to try? What exactly is a “valerian root,” anyway?
The truth about OTC sleep aid ingredients is that some of them do have some amount of science backing them, but there is a lot more anecdotal (non-scientific) evidence from individual users who have experienced good ongoing effects with them. Even with the ones that work, however, the dosing can be highly individualized — the optimal amount for you may not be what works for someone else.
Sleep deprivation is a common problem in America. In fact, it is estimated that 20 percent of people in America get less than six hours of sleep per night. A lack of sleep can put your health at risk. Fortunately, there are natural sleep solutions you can use. Below is a list of natural ways that you can improve your sleep:
One of the best things you can do to improve your quality and quantity of sleep is to exercise. There was a study done that involved sedentary adults who reported sleeping poorly. They were asked to exercise four times per week. The results of the study showed that the subjects sleep quality went from poor to good.
It is best to get your workout in early in the day. Exercising right before bed can make it harder for you to go to sleep.