The Sleep Doctor’s Guide To Natural Sleep Aids

Table of Contents The search for the best natural sleep aids has been around nearly as long as the search for a better night of sleep. According to the United States Centers For Disease Control (CDC), around one-third of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night. Many of those sleep-deprived people turn…

Best Natural Sleep Aids

Think you know the best sleep aids? You might be wrong. Even in a normal year, sleep hygiene for the holidays is important. But 2020 has been anything but ordinary, and more than ever, people are having trouble falling and staying asleep. The most common response for many is to turn to over-the-counter sleep aids…

10 Of The Most Effective Natural Sleep Aids

If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am deeply interested in how to employ natural therapies to help sleep. I’m not alone in that interest: I’m asked all the time about how to treat sleep with supplements and natural remedies. Over the years, I’ve written in-depth about some of the best-studied, most effective…

Are Over The Counter Sleep Aids & Non Prescription Sleeping Pills Effective?

In a recent article published in Harvard Women’s Health Watch OTC sleep aids were challenged for their effectiveness. In 2017 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially recommend against treating chronic insomnia with common over-the-counter antihistamine and analgesic aids. Antihistamines are used in sleep aids because they effect the histamine receptor sites in your brain…

CDC report: 9 million using prescription sleep aids

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately 9 million adults in the United States—that’s 4 % of the population— used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep. This is just one of the findings from a newly-released Centers’ for Disease…

Sleep Aids and Severe Side Effects

There was an interesting article about Lunesta up the other day on The Examining Room of Doctor Charles. Says drcharles: I received a letter today from Sepracor, the manufacturers of Lunesta, a popular sleep aid indicated for the treatment of insomnia. Many doctors are hesitant to prescribe sleep aids, partly because of their often habit-forming…

Alternative To Sleeping Aids & Why Your Phone’s Night Time Mode Doesn’t Work

There was so much fascinating research reported this week that I almost had too many studies to tell you about! After a lot of work, I narrowed it down to three that I think you will learn something really useful from, right now. Acupuncture Out Performs Sleeping Pills The first was a study looking at…

How to Sleep with Acid Reflux or GERD

When you have to sleep with acid reflux, every night can be a challenge. The burning and discomfort not only makes falling asleep harder but nearly guarantees you’ll be waking up during the night making a good night of sleep difficult.  Acid reflux and GERD are common conditions among adults in the United States— in…

Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine? How Sleep Can Optimize Its Effectiveness

Most of us are waiting for our turn to be vaccinated for Covid-19. I know there are a range of strong feelings and questions about the vaccines. Some people are excited and others are feeling more cautious, anxious, and wary. This is a good time to talk about how sleep can affect the body’s immune…