• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Over-the-counter sleep aids

December 15, 2017

a close-up of an alarm clock reading 3 o'clock, with a wide awake woman lying on a pillow in the background, out of focus, suffering from insomniaOver-the-counter sleep aids 
You've followed the usual tips for getting enough sleep — sleeping on a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, exercising regularly, and managing stress. Still, a good night's sleep remains elusive. Is it time for an over-the-counter sleep aid? Here's what you need to know if you're considering medication to help you sleep.

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