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Offline Clangador

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Natural Sedatives
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:48:26 AM »
Are there any natural sedatives I can take to help me fall asleep at night? I'm starting a new job and I usually can't fall asleep very well the night before. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Natural Sedatives
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 04:22:15 AM »
What exactly do you define as "natural", and why do you want that specifically? What is it you think being "natural" would do vs a "non-natural" sedative?

Generally the opinion youre going to get here on these forums is that a processed, refined, and carefully studied medication is going to be safer, more effective, and have less side effects than an unprocessed and/or unstudied "natural" remedy that is by definition going to be harder to control dosage and concentration; and that the idea something is better simply because it is natural is a logical fallacy common enough to have its own name.

You'll need to provide more details about why you want what you want if youre to get any helpful responses.
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Re: Natural Sedatives
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 04:23:58 AM »
Maybe I should say an over the counter sleeping aid.
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Re: Natural Sedatives
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 11:41:37 AM »
Here in WA and a few other states, pot is over-the-counter, and it helps some people sleep. But I'd say that since all drugs have side effects, and few if any sleep aids really give you a restful, full night's sleep, and the more effective ones are likely to be habit-forming, your best bet would be non-medical lifestyle changes. Get enough exercise and avoid a heavy meal too late in the day. Relaxation exercises might help as well. Meditation might help. The kind you can read about on line, not the kind you pay a guru for. Like counting to 4, over and over again, very slowly, or concentrating on being aware of your breath. That kind of thing. Or reading a very dull book.  ;) 
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Re: Natural Sedatives
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 07:50:00 PM »
I'm using my sleep-tracking app to determine whether I get better sleep on the nights where I drink camomile tea before going to bed. Camomile is supposed to help you sleep but so far I haven't seen any significant improvement in my sleep quality. In fact, it's currently showing -4%, but it's not entirely clear exactly what that means.
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