I Tried These 6 Products To Help With My Insomnia & They Changed Everything

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As someone with insomnia more often than not, I’m constantly looking for remedies to not only help me fall asleep, but also stay asleep through the night. While some people get prescriptions to help, I prefer the more holistic, old-fashioned approach and decided to see what the best products for insomnia are — and if they work.

But first, I found some comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in my insomnia. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, NYC neuropsychologist and teaching faculty member at Columbia University, tells Bustle that roughly 60 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders each year. “Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep,” she says. “It is usually considered chronic if a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least three nights per week for three months or longer.”

Dr. Hafeez says that practicing good sleep hygiene is a critical part of preventing insomnia. “One of the most important things anyone can do is to establish a regular sleep pattern, going to sleep and waking up at approximately the same time each night and morning,” she says. “This helps you to keep the same circadian rhythms.” In addition, she says to make sure not to use your phone, tablet, or TV before bed — the blue lights they emit restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. Dr. Hafeez also says to stop consuming caffeine at least four-to-six hours before bed, including caffeine found in chocolate and certain medications.

In addition to practicing good sleep hygiene, I also decided to test out various products to help me fall asleep — and stay asleep. Below are the six that have been working best for me as far as combating my insomnia.