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Can I travel when taking valerian?

You can travel when taking valerian, as long as you're careful about its sedative effects. Valerian is fine to take if you're traveling by plane, especially if you want to sleep, but do not take it and then drive.

Valerian is a popular supplement in the U.S. and Europe for insomnia and anxiety, though evidence that it works is inconclusive. Research finds that people who take standard doses to bring on sleep usually do not feel groggy in the morning. Depending on how it affects you, it might be possible to take it to sleep on a plane and then be able to rent a car the next morning.

Pay attention to your own reaction to valerian, however. If it makes you groggy, it may be best to take it only at home or in your hotel, before bedtime.

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