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I am a firm opponent of anything addiction related. Addiction comes in many forms...from taking a simple sleeping pill, over the counter or not, to drinking coffee (caffeine), to you name it; if you have some type of withdrawal symptom from not doing something, you have a form of addiction.
That being said, the first thing I would do is look at my diet. When are you eating and what are you eating? By modifying this, if your diet is poor, you could probably fix you sleeping issues within a day or so.
To exclude any elaborate detail, basically the foods you eat, or should be eating, already contain some chemicals or variations thereof of whats in a sleeping pill (for your situation). L-tryptophan, niacin, melatonin, etc. are all in abundance in every foods, such as chicken, rice, oats, etc.
You have to do some tinkering around to find what works best for you, but this would be an example of the warrior diet, or intermittent fasting if you prefer:
Upon waking, do not eat breakfast or lunch, but rather snack on an apple or a handful of nuts (almonds, peanuts, sunflower seed kernels, etc) here and there until it is time for your main meal of the day. Keep it limited to any kind of fruit, nothing processed, legumes, anything really simple and small.
For your eating window, and this would depend on when you ultimately go to sleep, choose your weapons! You can either have 1 big meal or 2 slightly smaller meals, but make your last big meal about an hour or two before you lay down for sleep.
A good portion of chicken, some whole grain brown rice, throw in a veggie and another piece of fruit, maybe hook up a salad...you should be out like a light very shortly thereafter.
Also, another thing to ponder is how you treat your bed/bedroom. The only things you should be doing in your bed are sleeping and bumping uglies. if you do homework or read books (during the day), or anything else in your bed, you are training your body to not recognize it as a place to rest.
On that note, reading books (at night) is a good way to knock yourself out as well, maybe try that. And if you ever are just lying in bed and can't fall asleep...move to another spot in the house until you feel yourself getting sleepy, or just sleep there if it's comfy enough.
But, I'd definitely look into changing what and when you eat for the best results.
Last edited by TheStig; 01-04-2013 at 10:41 AM.