Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Sleep is a mysterious yet vital part of our physical life. Deep, healthy sleep is essential for physical health. After all, sleep is the time in which the body repairs itself. Anyone who has ever had to go about a full day of work after only an hour or two of sleep understands its value. Just one day without deep sleep leaves a person looking and feeling haggard, old and weak.

Unfortunately, falling asleep easily and maintaining full sleep is not always possible. This is particularly true during times of stress. Of course, some people are more prone than others to disrupted sleep, with or without stress. For folks who chronically have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for a reasonable amount of time, supplements can be a blessing.

Supplements Versus Sleeping Pills

People seem to fall into two categories: those who will take a pill at the least provocation, and those who refuse to take a pill at any cost. Some people are aspirin junkies, and some people wouldn't take a pain killer even if their heads were pounding. This all-or-nothing attitude toward pills can ruin many people's sleep.

Some people, for instance, become hooked on addictive sleep aids. Habit-forming sleeping pills can ruin the quality of a person's life even more than a lack of sleep. On the other hand, doing nothing about insomnia is foolish and masochistic. The best solution is to take natural, non-habit forming supplements that gently yet effectively encourage sleep.

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