Getting enough sleep is essential for your body to heal and your brain to function optimally — but that's frustrating to hear if sleeping through the night is difficult for you. Fortunately, you don't have to rely on counting sheep. There are lots of nutritional supplements that improve sleep, often without any bothersome side effects. Some of them, in fact, are good for you even if you don't have trouble sleeping (more on why later).
"If you are experiencing lack of sleep for three or more consecutive nights, it might be time to consider a sleep aid," naturopathic doctor Alissia Zenhausern, NMD, tells Bustle. "Always consult your doctor before starting any sleep aid, as they may interact with medications you are currently taking. When it comes to choosing which sleep aid to use first, I recommend starting with Chamomile tea, as this is a safe and easy treatment to begin with."
If supplements alone aren't enough for you, there are other natural insomnia remedies. "Another natural treatment that has been very effective for sleep is acupuncture," Zenhausern says. "Acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine is used to connect with the body using the meridian system. It works to improve your parasympathic system, which is your rest and relax state, vs. fight or flight sympathetic system."
Here are some supplements to try if you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night.