Common sleep aids and how they workPosted by On

WASHINGTON — A bedtime routine is an important way to wind down and prepare for a good night, and that routine might include a glass of wine, a mug of tea, a pop of melatonin, or even a dose of CBD. 

In our ongoing coverage of Sleep Awareness Week, we took a look at what we know about some common sleep aids. 

The sedative effects of alcohol may help you wind down and fall asleep, but  that’s also been linked to poor quality, shorter sleep as the alcohol works through your system.

Johns Hopkins Medicine sleep specialist Dr. Hassan Chami says he regularly sees patients who wake up in the middle of the night because of drinks hours before bed.

“They come to us like, ‘oh, we wake up at 3 a.m., I don’t know why,” he said. “Do you drink a glass or two with your dinner? Yes? Let’s stop that. And the problem tends to go away.”

How about a glass of herbal tea  like the kind that’s marketed as good for bedtime?

The benefits of natural remedies like lavender and chamomile have been studied for centuries, and this NIH study finds drinking herbal tea can help alleviate insomnia symptoms. 

But Dr. Chami says if you don’t have…

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