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Valerian And Sleeping Problems

Hello all, new to the sleep disorder forum. I recently have stopped drinking alcohol before going to bed (totally sober with no buzz or nothing) and was having a lot of difficulty falling asleep. I started taking Valerian at the suggested dosage of 3 capsules 1 hour before bedtime. It sort of works but still takes over an hour to sleep after I lye down. Can I take 4 or 5 capsules? Can that be dangerous? Is there another supplement I can take that might work better? I prefer to stay away from sleep aids from the drug store or even products like Ambion CR as I'm worried I would get hooked on them or abuse them. Please help as I'm beginning to dread going to bed.
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replied July 26th, 2007
OK. So nobody knows about Valerian root. Anything else that has worked well? Melatonin? Ambien CR?
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replied February 28th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You shouldn't exceed the recommended dose.
Melatonin is also safe and helpful. I would suggest you to observe sleep hygiene.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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