Sleep Problems? Exploring alternative therapies for insomnia

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - "I don't remember the last time I was able to sleep and not take something to fall asleep," says Angela Andersen.

Insomnia is a problem more than one-third of all adults face.

"I'm usually lucky if I get about four hours of sleep a night," says Julie Brummund.

"It affects everything. It doesn't just affect your ability to think properly during the day, it affects your ability to heal - from everything from a bug going around to other stresses that are in life," Andersen adds.

Despite its prevalence, traditional medicine and doctors haven't been able to help all patients correct their sleep problems - driving them to embrace alternative therapies.

"I've tried different medications they've given me," Brummund says.

Dr. Joan Waters, a naturopathic doctor, recommends more holistic and affordable methods.

"One of the tenants of natural medicine is to treat the cause. And so it's very rewarding, because we do use a different approach," Dr. Waters says. "There are a lot of options for helping with sleep - herbs, and just things like touching the earth. It's free. Anybody can do it."

Despite reports warning consumers about naturopathic medicine, some say the chance at finally catching a good night's sleep is too good to resist.

"I'm probably going to end up seeing her," says Andersen.

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