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Herbal sleep tablets

(16 Posts)
armagh Sun 14-Apr-13 11:24:36

Suggestions please. Any you have used that worked? Am desperate- i don't like taking sleeping pills. I find it hard to get to sleep. Once asleep am fine.Took some kind of herbal pills with valerian and had the most frightful nightmares but i can't remember which brand.

gingeroots Sun 14-Apr-13 17:05:00

I take night time Kalms and find that the max dose ,4 ,definitely help .

I wouldn't say that they are as effective as sleeping pills but they really do make a difference .

I believe that the effect is cumulative and I think it says this on the leaflet ,but it's possible I've made that up .

They do day time ones as well ,and you may find that if you take a couple of those during the day ,followed by the night time ones that this helps .

I would steer clear of " the one a night " Kalms as these are huge ,like horse pills .


armagh Sun 14-Apr-13 21:23:37

Thank you

armagh Mon 15-Apr-13 19:03:57

Anyone else with other suggestions?

nightcat Mon 15-Apr-13 19:35:06

I noticed that if I spend too much timeon the computer justbefore bed, I find it hard to go to sleep - so I take Relaxing drops here

ANother remedy I sometimes use is melissa tea, which is also relaxing and helps me to sleep. I actually have that late pm sometimes, not necessarily just before bedtime.

armagh Mon 15-Apr-13 20:28:42

Thank you

Showtime Mon 15-Apr-13 23:46:56

Don't mix herbal tabs with prescription without proper advice. Chamomile tea at night, or lemon balm (garden plant) can help.

stewartlaura67 Tue 16-Apr-13 07:11:26

Haven't used any sleeping pill yet but you agree with showtime don’t take any pill without prescription.

BlueChampagne Tue 16-Apr-13 14:59:35

I sometimes use Dr Stuart's herbal tea available in healthfood shops.

armagh Tue 16-Apr-13 18:11:40

Oh no won't use herbal and prescription together. I want to use herbal instead of prescription sleeping tablets

cocolepew Tue 16-Apr-13 18:17:24

I find Nighttime Rescue Remedy to be good, or a pint of cider grin.
Friends swear by Nytol.

Nellymay Tue 16-Apr-13 19:24:06

valarian they have been proved to be better than conventional sleeping tablets

armagh Tue 16-Apr-13 21:35:34

I think Valerian caused the nughtmares!

aliasjoey Tue 16-Apr-13 21:51:36

Currently trying Melissa Dream but have been suffering insomnia for 18 months and no closer to a solution.

I do recommend sleep podcasts from the Mental Health Foundation (they're free) One of them has a vairy sexy sounding Scottish man grin

In the last year, I have had: (prescription)

mirtazapine (again)
sertraline and mirtazapine

and tried (non-prescription):

herbal teas (valerian, hops)
cherry juice (until I found out that study was funded by the Cherry Juice manufacturers hmm )
melissa (tablets or teas)
promethazine (an anti-histamine)

still to try (depends how desperate I get):

buspirone or pregabalin
melatonin is supposed to be a natural sleep aid which works well, but you can't get it in the UK except on t'internet

Sorry not to be of more help. Of all the above, I think the podcasts helped the most.

willyhaschips Tue 16-Apr-13 22:03:20

I swear by Clipper Teas Sleep Easy. Have had lots of trouble sleeping since starting perimenopause but this really works for me!

BlueChampagne Wed 17-Apr-13 13:41:23

SiL swears by meditation CDs, following aliasjoey.

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