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Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep

Before you rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medication, try one of the following natural sleep remedies. Many of these can not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but they may also promote muscle relaxation.

Sleep well, sleep better
If sleep has plunged to the bottom of your to-do list, you’re not alone. Although the National Sleep Foundation recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night, the average American logs only six hours and 40 minutes. What gives? Blame crazy schedules and, of course, sleeping woes. Before you rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medication, try one of the following natural sleep remedies. “These are safer and have fewer side effects than OTC medications,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic and medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. Many of these can not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but they may also promote muscle relaxation.start_article

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Delia A. Hammock is a clean-eating, vegetarian beauty junkie who has been covering wellness—including health, mental health, nutrition, and relationships—for nearly 25 years. She is a writer for national magazines such as Health, Redbook, Shape, and Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, editing, testing skincare products, or whipping up raw desserts, Delia fronts an alt-rock band, The Hey Honeys, based in Montclair, New Jersey.

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