​Can’t Sleep? 3 Things You Need to Know About OTC Medications (& Safer Options)! by Sherry Torkos

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7 years ago

​Can’t Sleep? 3 Things You Need to Know About OTC Medications (& Safer Options)!

Poor sleep goes hand in hand with stress and busy schedules. Sleep is always the first thing to be sacrificed during busy times. And it becomes more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep when under stress. The active ingredient in most over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids are antihistamines, marketed for their side effect, which is drowsiness. However, in addition to drowsiness these drugs can also cause:

  • next-day grogginess
  • dry mouth
  • constipation

Safer options to consider include the herb passionflower, which helps to reduce nervousness and improve sleep quality. Melatonin can be helpful for those working shift work or traveling to different time zones.

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