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 And 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…

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…

Twitching at Night? Here’s Why-And How to Sleep Better

Twitching at night–it’s something few of us talk about, yet it’s also a phenomenon that impacts Americans when it comes to sleep quality. And even if you feel like you’re getting enough sleep, you could be sleeping better and faster without those twitching episodes, however infrequent. Today I’ll be peeling back the secrecy around twitching…

Sleep Posture™ is a lot More than Sleep Position—Here’s how to Find Yours

When I was a kid mom always told me, stand up straight, put your shoulders back. I might have rolled my eyes a little, but I did it—and you know what? I felt better, every time. Years later, when I made sleep my life’s work, I realized that good posture doesn’t just make a difference…