“By far the most common thing I recommend to patients is to take melatonin ,” says Barone. The hormone, which is produced by the brain in preparation for sleep, is also available in pill and liquid form, which you can get at any health food store or pharmacy—good news because some modern behaviors can interfere with its natural production. “When we’re exposed to TVs, computers and phones with backlit displays, that tricks the brain into thinking it’s light out and it doesn’t make as much melatonin as it should.”
I too have anxiety and depression from PTSD and wouldn’t sleep at all except for anxiety melds. I have changed my eating recently in hopes that healing my body will help heal my mind. It’s been three weeks and I’m much better except for the anxiety and the inability to sleep. My shrink recently quit with no warning leaving me without any anxiety medication and it’s been a nightmare. I really feel that the flight or fight impulse in my system has been screwed up beyond repair and appreciate knowing there’s something natural to try. Never feel like less of a person because you take a medication to balance things a little, just live a healthy lifestyle as a gift to yourself and know you are nurturing the damage done to you.