Chronic, long-term sleep disorders affect millions of Americans each year. These disorders and the sleep deprivation they cause can interfere with work, driving, social activities, and overall quality of life, and can have serious health implications.
In 2002 and 2007, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) asked Americans about use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Among respondents with insomnia, 4.5 percent (which translates to a total of 1.6 million U.S. adults) used some form of CAM to treat their condition—primarily biological/herbal therapies or mind-body/relaxation therapies. Most found these therapies helpful.
NCCAM supports studies on sleep disorders. Some people with sleep problems may try CAM therapies, including dietary supplements. If you are considering using CAM therapies, talk to your health care providers to ensure safe and coordinated care.
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