Sleep Supplements-Natural Remedies for Insomnia
The most common causes of insomnia are everyday anxiety and stress, coffee, and alcohol use .
Herbs, amino acids, and hormones such as melatonin are effective natural remedies for sleep. They are not addictive or habit forming and allow you to wake feeling refreshed. Sleep supplements are not physically addictive or habit forming.
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About 50% of those with insomnia have no identifiable cause.
An underlying medical or psychological condition, such as depression, often causes insomnia.
Some conditions or situations that commonly lead to insomnia include:
- Disruption of circadian rhythms -- shift work, travel across time zones, or vision loss. Circadian rhythms are regulated, in part, by release of a hormone called melatonin from the brain. As individuals age, less melatonin is available for use by the body.
- Psychiatric and neurologic conditions -- anxiety, depression, manic-depressive disorder, dementia, Parkinson's disease, restless legs syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Menopause -- between 30 - 40% of menopausal women experience insomnia. This may be due to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, or fluctuations in hormone levels.
- Hormonal changes during menstrual cycle -- insomnia may occur during menstruation. Sleep improves mid-cycle with ovulation.
- Substance abuse -- alcohol, recreational drugs consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, or certain prescription medications such as stimulants.
- Advanced age -- biological changes associated with aging, underlying medical conditions, and side effects from medications all contribute to insomnia.
- Medical conditions -- gastroesophageal reflux (return of stomach contents into the esophagus), heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, other chronic pain syndromes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea (difficulty breathing during sleep).
- Certain medications -- decongestants (such as pseudoephedrine or Sudafed), bronchodilators (such as albuterol or Proventil inhaler), and beta-blockers (such as metoprolol or Lopressor).
- Excessive computer work.