Aids for insomnia can be separated into

  • -natural aids(which is more common and widely available)and
  • -medical/psychological aids.

Valerian(Veleriana Officinalis) Studies have shown that with continuous use after two weeks,it can increase sleep effeciency and quality.It can also be used in children with intellect deficit and has been found to decrease night awekenings,increase sleeping time and quality.It is however,not for jet lag becauseit has a slowonset of action.But,itcan be used as a daytime sedativefor restlessness and tension.It can be an alternative for patientwho have withdrawn from sleeping pills.The recommended dosage is 400mg-900mg standardised valerian extract to be takenhalf an hour before retiring.Valerian is best avoided in patients with liver problem.