“My favorite natural sleep aids are valerian and melatonin,” Weil says. Valerian, a sedative herb, has been used for centuries to address insomnia. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates daily biorhythms, including the sleep cycle. Take one or two capsules of a standardized valerian extract 30 minutes before bedtime, or let 2.5mg of melatonin dissolve under your tongue right before you get into bed.
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