Re: need a good,STRONG, sleep aid!!!
I got stuck with horrible insomnia due to some meds I had to take a few years back. It was terrible, and I spent my days walking around like a zombie.
I started researching natural alternatives to RX sleep meds, and tried melatonin, Nux Vomica, valerian, and various herbal teas. None of them really made an appreciable difference.
I finally went to see a naturopath, who sent me to http://naturalsleepformula.net
to check out their whole food based sleep supplements. I bought one, and was pleasantly surprised. I fell asleep faster, and did not suffer the early waking that I had been stuck with before.
In addition to the supplement, my naturopath suggested a stringent sleep routine:
bed only for sleep and sex
warm shower or bath before bed
warm milk or herbal tea
guided meditation for sleep
cotton (or no) pj's
100% cotton sheets
white noise machine
I'm happy to say that I'm off the meds that caused the problem now, but I still follow the same routine and take the same sleep supplement. It is just too good of a combo to abandon.
Good luck to you!