Many people never visit their doctor for insomnia and try to cope with sleeplessness on their own. Although in many cases, safety and effectiveness have not been proved, some people try therapies such as:
Because the Food and Drug Administration does not mandate that manufacturers show proof of effectiveness or safety before marketing dietary supplement sleep aids, talk with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements or other OTC products. Some products can interact with medications, and others — such as L-tryptophan, kava or 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) — can be dangerous on their own.
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