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NCCIH Clinical Digest. For health professionals.

Sleep Disorders and Complementary Health Approaches

April 2014
A woman relaxes with her head on a pillow.

People who have trouble sleeping often try various dietary supplements, relaxation therapies, or other complementary health approaches in an effort to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and improve the overall quality of their sleep. Research on complementary health practices and sleep disorders has produced promising results for relaxation techniques and melatonin. Evidence about other products and practices is limited, and safety concerns have been raised about a few.

This issue of the digest summarizes recent research about some of the complementary health approaches that people use most for sleep disorders, including relaxation therapy, other mind and body practices, melatonin, and several other dietary supplements and botanical products.

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NCCIH Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH, DHHS. NCCIH Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on complementary health approaches, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCIH-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is dedicated to exploring complementary health products and practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary health researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCIH's Clearinghouse toll-free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCIH Web site at NCCIH is 1 of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, the Federal focal point for medical research in the United States.



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