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Are you tossing and turning at night and daydreaming of getting better sleep during the day? From diet plans to 6-minute lunch break workouts, we’re constantly looking for fixes that will make our lives better. The same goes for sleep. By exploring different types of sleep aids, you might find something that will help you get the extra zzz’s you need.
Before you head to the pharmacy and go the medication route, there are many non-medicinal sleep solutions that can help you get a great night’s sleep. As with anything, it’s important to run these sleep remedies by your doctor first, especially if you’re trying something new.
For all of you flower children out there, don’t worry. There are plenty of other natural sleep aids to choose from as well – some involving actual flowers! Here’s a list of some sleep-promoting supplements that help you fall asleep faster, promote better sleep quality, or both:
Have you ever listened to tracks like “Waves Crashing at Night” or “Relaxing Rainforest Sounds” in bed to help you nod off? If so, you are using another type of sleep aid. Two types of sound have been proven to help some people fall asleep at night: pink noise and white noise.
Although similar, our ears typically hear pink noise as being even or flat, while white noise sounds more static. According to the Cleveland Clinic, pink noise enhances brain activity that’s associated with the deep phases of sleep. (In a recent study, pink noise increased deep sleep and dramatically improved memory in elderly adults.) White noise, in comparison, is ideal for tuning out sounds that are disrupting sleep, such as your partner’s snoring. There hasn’t been a study comparing pink noise to white noise, but researchers say both may help us catch more zzz’s.
There are tons of nonmedicinal sleep aids to choose from. But before you decide on one, make sure to try these helpful tips for getting a good night’s sleep first:
If you’re still not getting a good night’s rest after trying different sleep aids, you may have a sleep condition that would need additional treatment. Be sure to share any concerns you have with your doctor, so you can get back to sleeping well at night.Having trouble falling asleep? Check out a few common sleep aids to help you avoid a poor night’s sleep. #BSCSleepTips @BetterSleepOrg
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