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What are the effects of valerian on restorative sleep?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM

We all know by now that sleep induced by a late night drink impairs it's restorative effects; but have there been any studies carried out as to the effects on sleep from "natural" sleep aids such as valerian, or over the counter products like Nytol or Kalms?

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on September 22, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Do not under any circumstance leave an open bottle of the capsules in your car on a hot day. Worst smell ever! It does help me sleep like a baby sometimes though, just have to down it quickly and try not to breath in.

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on September 22, 2011
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My cat doesn't like the smell. But it does work for me, getting me in the mood to go to sleep.

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Cats love it. Really. :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I've taken valerian before and it is, IMHO, the best "natural" sleep aid around.

I wouldn't recommend it as a nightly, or even semi-nightly thing, however, as it can leave you groggy, but it is a great help on those nights where you are amped up and facing the possibility of staring at the insides of your eyelids for hours on end.

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:03 PM

My ex-wife somehow acquired the idea that it's a sleep aid, but I never took it - despite my lifelong struggles with insomnia - because it smells exactly like the most awful feet ever.

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:14 PM

Cats love it. Really. :)

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on September 22, 2011
at 04:41 PM

My cat doesn't like the smell. But it does work for me, getting me in the mood to go to sleep.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 22, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Do not under any circumstance leave an open bottle of the capsules in your car on a hot day. Worst smell ever! It does help me sleep like a baby sometimes though, just have to down it quickly and try not to breath in.

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