Herbal remedies for insomnia are abundant online—valerian, hops, and chamomile, among the most common. Tested against placebo, none has been found to be definitively effective for insomnia. Yet some medicinal herbs have a long history as traditional calming, sleep-promoting agents. Might one work for you?
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have proposed a method you can use yourself to test herbal remedies via personalized therapeutic trials. Here’s more about herbals and how the trials work:
I’ve written about common medications that can cause insomnia. But less is known about the side effects of supplements. They’re unregulated in the United States and not required to undergo rigorous testing.
But investigators at ConsumerLab, after reviewing the results of tests that have been conducted, say there’s evidence that 6 supplements may interfere with sleep. Here’s a summary of the findings: