I've tried various sleeping pills, but some of the over the counter types leave me feeling all twitchy instead of sleepy, and the others leave me feeling groggy in the mornings. I don't want to take prescription meds, because they would put me to sleep so deeply that if the boys woke up sick in the night, I wouldn't be rational enough to tend to them. So I decided to try a more natural approach.
H & N Health Paradise offers a natural sleep treatment program for those who struggle with insomnia (they also carry a variety of other homeopathic and natural medicines and supplements). You use a combination of valerian root (which is commonly known to assist in sleep), St. John's Wort (a very mild antidepressant - used in this case to take the edge off in case the reason you're not sleeping is because you're tossing and turning from worry), calcium & magnesium (deficiencies in either of these can lead to stress and sleep disturbances), and melatonin (a hormone already in the human body that regulates the sleep and wake cycle). Currently their insomnia treatment program is on sale, if you want to check it out.
I've taken all of these before, but most of them were taken ages ago (ages as in way back in college!) and I've never taken them in combination before. I started them last week, and it's going well. They don't make me groggy, and I don't sleep so deeply that I wouldn't wake up if the boys were crying during the night. In the past, when I took melatonin I would wake up with headaches, but the H&N Health Paradise version of melatonin doesn't do this, thankfully. I'm still having a lot of wake ups, but when I do I am able to go right back to sleep, which is a nice change. I am only taking half the recommended dosage of valerian, because it tends to cause really vivid dreams, and I have always been very sensitive to it. But other than that I'm following the dosages as recommended. I'll be interested to see if the program helps more with time - as if there are deficiencies it may take a few weeks to build my system back up.
I don't take any other medications, and having taken all these supplements before felt good about safely taking them in combination. But as with all medications or supplements, please discuss with your doctor before starting anything new!
How about you, reader? Have you had any great successes using natural remedies?
Disclaimer: I received the supplements for the insomnia treatment program in exchange for a review. The opinions stated above are my own.