Do sleep supplements work?

In many cases, they do work. Many people simply require a mild “push” into sleep from an herbal supplement. In most cases these supplements will induce a state of relaxation which helps with the onset of sleep.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

In terms of sleep supplements, the data aren't good enough to enthusiastically recommend these, but some patients like valerian root (though it does have an energizing effect in 10 percent of people), passion flower, theanine, hops (ask any college student), and melatonin one-half to 3 milligrams (especially if you're jet lagged or working weird shift hours). Calcium (1200 milligrams divided between two doses) and magnesium (400 milligrams) are also helpful. These can help you get to sleep and wake up refreshed with no hangover (like some sleep drugs do).

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d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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