If you’re currently taking medications, Schwartz recommends you analyze why you thought you needed the medication and take steps to get better sleep. This includes practicing good sleep hygiene, including keeping a dark room, sending pets to their own beds and going to bed between 10 and 11:30 p.m., which is the average turn-in time for most people.
It also includes reading a relaxing book, giving yourself 30 minutes to fall asleep, and trying to avoid stressful, restless thoughts. Schwartz suggests experimenting without sleeping pills on weekends when you don’t have to get up early or be sharp for work. She says that over a period of three to five days, most people will get a minimum of five to six hours of sleep a night and realize the medication was not really helping them that much.
For a drug-free alternative, Schwartz recommends taking L-theanine and magnesium before bedtime. L-theanine helps you relax by promoting alpha waves in your brain. The L-theanine in Suntheanine is a pure product, without the caffeine found naturally in green tea.
Of course, consult your doctor before discontinuing any medication he or she has prescribed.