Many people never visit their doctor for insomnia, and instead try to cope with sleeplessness on their own. Several therapies that may be helpful include:
- Melatonin. This over-the-counter supplement is marketed as a way to help overcome insomnia. It’s generally considered safe to use melatonin for a few weeks, but the long-term safety of melatonin is unknown. The dosage is usually between 0.3 and 5 milligrams (mg) a day.
- Valerian. This is another dietary supplement that’s sold as a sleep aid because it has a mildly sedating effect. The recommended dose of valerian is 400 to 900 mg daily with an extract containing 0.4 to 0.6 percent of valerenic acid.
- Acupuncture. During an acupuncture session, a practitioner places numerous thin needles in your skin at specific points on your body. There’s some evidence that this practice may be beneficial for people with insomnia.
These were some of the alternate medicines. However, be sure that you talk to your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.