Sleep problems

What you need to know

Have you checked for reliable medical advice about persistent sleep problems? We recommend NHS Choices and here is their insomnia page.

Before you start to look after your sleep problems yourself you should  run though the pre-launch Self Care CHECKLIST (downloads as a pdf)

Then check out the Self Care Library for a FREE introduction to sleep problems, and for an independent thorough review of the evidence for a wide range of self care approaches: things you can do at home, things you can buy and people you can see. Each is given a simple rating for benefits, risks and costs.


See our new Workbook!

The natural Sleep Workbook is the first published OurMedicine toolkit. A step-by-step sleep recovery plan that any one can use, alone or with professional help, to get better sleep. Check out the video and other details!


The herbal medicine option

In Europe there is a unique category of herbal medicines, registered on the basis of their traditional use. As an example, in the UK the medicines regulator (MHRA) has both registered and fully licensed herbal medicines. A condition of medicine status is that manufacturers have to guarantee quality standards, label with appropriate self care conditions and agreed doses, and insert approved information leaflets to assure safe use. The following, available in UK supermarkets and pharmacies or online, are registered or licensed for use in helping sleep problems.


  • Phytocalm (Arkopharma)


  • Kalms Night (Lanes Health)
  • Kalms Sleep (Lanes Health)
  • Kira Restful Sleep (Klosterfrau)
  • Niteherb (Schwabe Pharma)
  • SleepAid (Healthspan)
  • SleepEezy (Nature’s Aid)
  • Sleep Well Tablets (Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy)
  • Valdrian (Bio-Health)
  • Valerian RelaxiSleep (English Herbal Medicines)

Valerian and hops

  • Dormeasan Valerian-Hops Oral drops (Bioforce)

Valerian and passionflower

  • Niteherb plus (Schwabe Pharma)

Hops, valerian and passionflower

  • Nytol Herbal (GlaxoSmithKline)

Valerian hops and lemon balm

  • Valerina Night-time (Pharbio)

Valerian, hops, passionflower, wild lettuce and motherwort

  • Quiet Life (Lanes Health)

Verbena, hops, valerian, passionflower, wild lettuce

  • Goodnight (Bio-Health)

St John’s wort, valerian, and passionflower

  • Botanova (Pascoe)


Further information

Plant Medicine offers a free detailed review of the evidence for Valerian for the public and health professional. (NOTE this site is currently being reconstructed – please come back in August 2016)