The good news is that adding more hydration to your day is easy enough -- after all, water is readily available. The bad news is that almost all of us struggle with insomnia at some point in our life -- and sometimes, prescription sleep medications feel a bit OTT. Really, what we want is a magic elixir for sleep -- preferably one we can find in our drugstore aisle or kitchen cupboard. Enter: Non-habit-forming natural sleep aids that don't require a trip to the doctor.
The best sleep aids and natural sleep remedies set out to cure insomnia, the natural way. But in this case, natural definitely doesn't mean ineffective. Ahead, the best natural sleep aids for the beauty sleep you've been craving.
Olly Restful Sleep, $13.99 for 25 servings
Because melatonin is found in food like olives and cherries, it's considered a dietary supplement and not regulated by the FDA. It's reported to be safe for short-term use, and especially effective for jet lag.
Besides dream-inducing melatonin, the gummies also contain L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea. Even though it's derived from a caffeinated beverage, L-theanine is used to treat anxiety, meaning it'll keep that replay of your social faux pas du jour to a minimum. Add chamomile, passionflower and lemon extract to that, and you've got yourself a cocktail of snooze-inducing ingredients. Our editor-in-chief swears by them.
Hum Nutrition Beauty zzZz, $10 for 30 servings
If you're in the can't-swallow-pills camp, this tablet can be chewed or dissolved -- it just tastes bland.
Dream Water Sleep Powder, $34.99 for 30 servings
The powder can be added to hot or cold drinks 30 minutes before sleep, or you can just down it straight, like a sleepytime Pixy Stix powder. In fact, the powder (aptly named 'snoozeberry') tastes like the sugary confection, too. The powder form is especially convenient for redeye flights -- no extra liquids in your suitcase, or your bladder.
Moon Juice Dream Dust, $30 for 14 servings