Hmm, this may be somewhat off topic, so if so, I hope one of the moderators will be kind enough to move this post to a more appropriate forum. Anyway, I am having a tough time at work this year, and while I have never before had any trouble sleeping, this year I often wake up (or am awakened by something/someone) and then take a couple of hours to be able to fall back asleep. It's worst in the early morning-- I usually get up at 6:15, but often one of my kids will get up to go to the bathroom around 4 or so and then many days I just don't make it back to sleep at all. I find myself obsessing about work issues and just can't relax. Obviously I am trying to resolve the work difficulties as best I can, but in the meantime I am looking for help with the sleep issue. I am not interested in sleeping pills/narcotics, but I have seen some herbal remedies advertised lately that have me curious. I have tried drinking different kinds of herbal teas without much luck, but one product (capsules, by Bayer) has a combination of Valerian, passionflower, and California poppy that sounds like it might do the trick. (It's available here in pharmacies, so I wouldn't have to order from dodgy internet websites.) However, I am a bit concerned that even an herbal remedy (especially one containing poppy?) could create dependence or otherwise be not a really healthy solution. So, I am wondering if anyone on here has experience with herbal remedies for this problem or related advice to share. Since teaching-related stress/anxiety has popped up on the boards quite a bit recently, I thought I would try asking. Thanks in advance!