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27 Jul 2011

Tired but can''t sleep
Good morning Doctor,

Could you please help me with an alternative, natural route to help with sleep deprivation, I don''''t want to take any sleeping tablets.
I currently do the Chamomile tea before bed.
I also used to take Gaba.
I have also just gone through losing a loved one as well as a break up from a long relationship, I realise that this will affect it too, I can''''t sleep at night but when I get to work I feel as though I could sleep under the desk! Please help
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01 Jan 0001

Sleeping tablets do not work for longer than a week or so, so you are quite right to avoid them.

The technique which, in good clinical studies, has shown to be the most effective, is a psychological technique called "cognitive behavioural therapy". You will need to find a psychologist who knows how to do this, though. The results are generally very good, without he use of medications "natural" or otherwise.
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