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If sleep has plunged to the bottom of your to-do list, you're not alone. Although the National Sleep Foundation recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night, the average American logs only six hours and 40 minutes. What gives? Blame crazy schedules and, of course, sleeping woes. Before you rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medication, try one of the following natural sleep remedies. "These are safer and have fewer side effects than OTC medications," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic and medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. Many of these can not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but they may also promote muscle relaxation.
One would also have to exercise control and restraint in other ways. For example, if one has a digestive complaint, then it would be a good idea to stay away from foods which over-stimulate the digestive system. In the case of a headache, quality sleep would be important. Or, if one has high cholesterol levels, then certain foods would have to be avoided. Without such efforts, any natural health cure or natural health remedy used would only be a short-term fix and be hampered in its effectiveness.
9. Set Your Bedroom Up For Success
For people with insomnia, "the bedroom just becomes unpleasant, a war zone," says Baron. That's why she recommends making a few simple changes to make it as comfortable a setting as possible. Maybe it's as simple as buying a new set of comfy sheets, she says. Other bedrooms may be too light. Even the faintest bit -- whether it's from behind the drapes or beaming from the alarm clock -- can keep you up. The bedroom should also be quiet; consider investing in a white noise machine or app if it's not. Set the thermostat for a just-right temp somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees . And please, please, please leave the cell phones in another room -- or at least put them on Do Not Disturb.