One of the most essential needs we can't be deprived of is sleep. Sleep has so many benefits that humans need the rest it delivers. Lets face it, if you want a healthy lifestyle it is null and void without needed sleep.
Unfortunately, in today's multi-tasking, highly stressed society, we are losing sleep and many are becoming insomniacs. The CDC has declared that insufficient sleep is a public epidemic. It's not getting better.
Most people are using prescription drugs and they are either insufficient or addicting. Alcohol does not give one the proper needed sleep and interferes with REM. To get a good night's sleep, we must prepare to sleep.
Quit using caffeine and caffeine products at least 8 hours before bed. Don't eat anything at least 3 hours before bed. Drink calming teas before bedtime. Just as there are foods that give you energy, there are foods that calm you, relieve stress and promote sleep.
There are natural remedies that may help you sleep. Some can use all the help they can get. So I'll give them another one!
Something that may work better than prescription sleeping pills, may actually be certain anti-depression prescriptions. Here's one that seems to work from some I spoke with.
Be careful with melatonin, because too much can actually have an adverse affect.