Out of desperation to relieve anxiety, many people go running to their doctors to get a prescription for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. Although these medications can be helpful for short term relief, there are many side effects and can worsen the problem in the long-run.
When clients ask me what I think about going on meds for anxiety, PTSD symptoms and sleep issues, I usually advise against it, unless absolutely necessary. I suggest natural supplements to begin with, along with breathing exercises and counseling to deal with the underlying issues.
There are many natural supplements that can be helpful to calm the nervous system and help to get to sleep at night. L-theanine, the amino acid found in green tea, has been found to have a very calming effect on the body and it doesn’t produce sleepiness. You can take it throughout the day, to remain more relaxed and because of the relaxation effect, it may help you to sleep better at night.
Here is a great article on How L-Theanine Works in the Brain to Block Anxiety and Stress