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Natural Sleep Supplements: Risks and Side Effects of Taking Valerian

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 04:44 PM

Valerian is a natural sleep supplements which have been used for centuries. While it is generally considered gentle and safe, there are risks and potential side effects.

The roots of the perennial flowering plant native to Europe has been said to cure sleep disorders as far back as the second century. The supplement is a popular choice for those looking for an alternative to prescription medication.

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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, modern scientific research has shown mixed results on the effectiveness of valerian as a natural sleep supplement. Some people have also had the opposite of a desired result, ending up more anxious and jittery rather than calm and sleepy.

The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Brent A Bauer advises that any medication — including a natural sleep supplements like valerian — might not be the best way to help get your "z's." Dr. Bauer advises behavioral changes or looking into other medical causes for the sleep problem. However, he also acknowledges that valerian has shown some promise in helping people fall asleep.

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Side effects include dizziness and headaches. The National Institutes of Health reports the sleepiness effect of taking valerian may also linger into the next day. It could also cause gastrointestinal problems.

Another risk of taking valerian may include interaction with other drugs. Just like all plant based products, these natural sleep supplements work because they have real chemicals, which could interact or react negatively with other prescription medications. The University of Maryland Medical Clinic advises it could also increase the effect of other sedatives — like alcohol. It is best to check with a doctor before starting to take any sleep supplement — natural or not.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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