5. Try a sleep supplement
Most sleeping medications on the market today are addictive or give you a groggy hangover, and are approved only for use in the short term, according to sleep experts. As for melatonin supplements, they can help reset your clock when you’re working night shifts or traveling across time zones, but it turns out they are not an effective medication for nighttime sleep. Some people, though, notice improvement with magnesium or zinc. Say Vincent and Risdon, if you’re deficient in iron, or vitamin B12 or D (a doctor can test your levels and make a recommendation), then supplementing may make a difference. Risdon adds that topping up B12, iron and folate can help eliminate unwanted leg movements that can occur at night when we are deficient.
Just don’t expect a supplement to transform you from raving insomniac to perfect sleeper. “If a person’s life is wildly out of balance—for example, they are working 18 hours a day and eating foods out of a box and not getting exercise—it doesn’t matter what their vitamin D levels are,” Risdon says. “But if someone is doing the best they can to get sleep and make lifestyle changes, but is still D-deficient, then they will see a huge benefit by topping up their levels.”