The roots and stems of the valerian plant are processed into teas, tinctures, capsules, extracts and tablets. Valerian is usually recommended for people with sleep disorders or general sleep quality issues. You should see a doctor before taking herbs or over-the-counter medicines for sleep, especially since drug interactions with medications such as blood thinners are possible. Certain natural sleep aids, such as melatonin, are generally considered safe for most children to use in the short term, but there is limited data on long-term use.
Given the serious consequences of inadequate sleep, including reduced performance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and car accidents, it’s no surprise that many people use sleep aids to rest.