Some Chinese medicine doctors say that if you can regulate one’s eating, pooping, and sleeping, health is assured.
However chronic use of sleeping drugs can also adversely affect sleep patterns and become habit-forming. Herbs are not so strong that one feels groggy the next day, nor is there a risk of becoming addicted.
Herbal formulas are not heavy sedatives, but regulate those underlying systems that cause:
- difficulty in falling asleep
- difficulty in staying asleep
- sleep disturbed by intense dreams
- fitful sleep
- generalized anxiety
Because these formulas are not sedatives, they are often taken three times daily. The benefits of these formulas are cumulative over time.
However, some individuals still get great results from taking their herbs one hour before bed. People vary in that regard. Try both approaches.