Natural remedies to help you sleep
If you long for more shut-eye, you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 64 percent of adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up during the night. According to Sheila Kingsbury, ND, chair of botanical medicine at Bastyr University near Seattle, sleep-aid drugs can compound the problem, causing brain fog, addiction and side effects like dry mouth and constipation. Moreover, they often fail to get at the root of the problem, be it anxiety, a disrupted sleep cycle, or a nutritional deficiency.
“Different causes call for different treatments,” says Jenny Tufenkian, ND, clinical instructor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Here’s a guide to determining which natural remedies may be right for you.