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Should I take supplements to help me sleep? A doctor explains

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CNN — Sleep, But Better #

It is well-established that sleep is crucial for health and well-being. Studies have linked poor sleep to higher risks of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Lack of sleep can also impair learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and increase the chances of accidents and injuries. The use of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can assist with sleeplessness, but they come with potential side effects and interactions. Melatonin supplements, while helpful for jet lag and certain sleep problems, should be approached with caution, as they are not regulated like prescription medications. A variety of nonpharmaceutical measures can also improve sleep, such as allocating enough time for sleep, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, and creating a conducive sleep environment.