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1 year ago
Fall Asleep Fast

You practically have to prop your eyelids open during The Daily Show. Yet when the lights go out, you're suddenly up. Before you beg your doctor for an Ambien prescription, why not try something gentler? "Studies show that natural remedies like lavender and melatonin can help promote healthy sleep cycles," says Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's program in integrative medicine. Out of dozens of new products designed to get you from awake to zzz, these were the fastest in getting our sleep-challenged tester to nod off.

Bedmate: Bach Flower Remedies Rescue Sleep
($11, gnc.com)
How it works: The subtle energies emitted by a combination of six flower essences are meant to stop your spinning mind.
Expert take: There's no clinical evidence that the essences trigger instant calm, but "they could have a placebo effect," says Carol Ash, D.O., director of the Sleep for Life program in New Jersey.
Tester says: "After spraying this stuff under my tongue, I became so focused on the taste and aroma that I stopped worrying about my to-do list."

Bedmate: Sleep Garden zMovie
($25, sleepgarden.com)
How it works: This hour-long DVD of a Pacific coast sunset is designed to lull TV addicts into a sleepy daze. The 60- to 80-beat-per-minute soundtrack mimics your heartbeat to reduce stress.
Expert take: "Blue light from the TV can inhibit production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your body clock," Naiman says. But since each frame of this flick has been doctored to eliminate blue light, your melatonin can flow freely.
Tester says: "I could stay up all night watching Weeds, but the muted nature scenes were so hypnotic, I was out in 15 minutes."

Bedmate: Dreamerz All Natural Sleep Beverages
($8, bedtimeplace.com)
How it works: The melatonin in this creamy milk-based beverage (our tester liked Chocolate S'nores and Vanilla Van Winkle) signals to your brain that it's time to shut down.
Expert take: "The standard dose of a melatonin pill is 3 milligrams, but you only need one tenth of that to help put you to sleep," Naiman says. Each 8-ounce serving of Dreamerz contains 0.3 milligrams -- enough to get the job done.
Tester says: "After a week of drinking a hot mug every night, I was able to fall asleep in half an hour."

Bedmate: Johnson & Johnson Melt Away Stress Body Lotion
($6, drugstore.com)
How it works: This moisturizer is infused with a blend of fragrances (including lavender and chamomile) that chills you out, while the lotion makes your skin baby-soft.
Expert take: Studies confirm that lavender can calm frayed nerves. And the more relaxed you are, the faster you'll drift off, according to R. Robert Auger, M.D., a consultant at the Mayo Sleep Disorders Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Tester says: "My fiancé slathered lotion on my feet and calves while I breathed in the soft, not overwhelming, scent. How could I help but feel relaxed?"


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