3 Natural Sleep Aid Steps You Should Perform Before Reaching for a Pill

Natural Sleep Aid

The overprescribing and resulting dependence on sleeping pills has become a serious problem in the U.S. A recent report tells us that lack of sleep can actually do serious damage to your brain. In fact, research shows that chronic insomnia can lead to death. Therefore, while a good night’s rest is a health-must, reaching for a sleeping pill may not be necessary if you perform these 3 natural sleep aid steps recommended by Dr. Oz.

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The overprescribing and resulting dependence on sleeping pills has become a serious problem in the U.S. A recent report tells us that lack of sleep can actually do serious damage to your brain. In fact, research shows that chronic insomnia can lead to death. Therefore, while a good night’s rest is a health-must, reaching for a sleeping pill may not be necessary if you perform these 3 natural sleep aid steps recommended by Dr. Oz.

“This week we are focusing on your energy and better energy starts with solid sleep. So, today’s step—try 3 new all-natural sleep aids. These are 3 things I use every night before I go to bed and I want you to use them too,” says Dr. Oz as he guides viewers through the 3 steps he recommends before reaching for a pill.

Natural Sleep Aid #1: Lemon Balm Tea

“Lemon Balm tea is a sleep superstar. It’s a member of the mint family and is very common in Europe. It’s used to relax the body and promote sleep for that reason,” says Dr. Oz.

Lemon Balm tea is easily available in grocery stores everywhere. Drinking just one cup right before lying down in bed is recommended as the best way to get started for a good night’s rest.

Natural Sleep Aid #2: Pink Noise

The second natural sleep aid is one that Dr. Oz tells viewers is the ultimate sleep sound―Pink Noise. Pink Noise as a natural sleep aid is readily available as an app for people with smart phones. According to Dr. Oz, it has a very relaxing gentle rainfall quality of sound to it that many find very relaxing.

“It boosts the amount of deep sleep that you get all night long,” says Dr. Oz. “Pink Noise is very soothing to the body. So much of getting to sleep is forgetting the world so that you can slip into it gently.”

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Natural Sleep Aid #3: Lavender Oil

According to a Wall Street Journal article titled “A Scent to Lull You to Sleep” lavender aromatherapy for inducing sleep has both its supporters and doubters. While studies indicate that it has proven useful for some insomnia cases, doubters counter that rather than possessing a true physiological effect, using lavender oil may be more of a psychological one that helps you go to sleep by establishing a sleep routine that conditions your body and mind to enter a restful state.

In any case, regardless of how it works—or doesn’t―Dr. Oz recommends the use of aromatherapy and suggests a simple way to apply it after you’ve had your cup of Lemon Balm tea and turned on your Pink Noise app.

“What I think makes a lot of sense is to add a drop or two onto your pillowcase,” says Dr. Oz.

What To Do If You Still Can't Fall Asleep

If you find that using all-natural sleep aids still does not help you fall asleep and get the rest you need, then you may need an occasional sleeping pill or some other medication prescribed by your doctor or a sleep specialist. But before reaching for that pill, discover the “5 Questions You Need to Ask about Taking Your Sleeping Pills Correctly” to ensure you are getting what you need…and getting it safely.

To find out what one sleeping pill has resulted in more ER visits than any other sleeping pill, click-on this informative article titled, "Why ER visits are soaring from one popular sleeping pill."

For two Alternative Medicine recommendations on safe sleep aids, click on the titled link, “Dr. Oz Recommends Lettuce Opium Sleep Aid Rather Than Ambien,” and see what other sleep aid supplement Dr. Andrew Wile recommends as well.

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show

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