Davis, CA
A 35-year-old female asked:

For early morning insomnia, should i take something long-acting at bedtime every night or something short-acting when needed (about 50% of nights)?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joan Sy
Dr. Joan Syanswered
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Short As Needed: Even 2nd generation sleeping medications can become addicting. Best not to use when not needed so if neccessary of the 2 choices, a short acting only when needed 50% time is definitely the better route to take.
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Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice 35 years experience
Drugs are not the: Best first-line solution and should be avoided for chronic use. Many rx "sleep" medications have been shown to disrupt normal brainwave activity with long-term use that can cause patients to experience drug-related sleep disruption. Detox w/ md. Exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, quiet mind activity w/ music, good diet & humor, watch sunrise/sunsets. Avoid stimulants, alcohol & nicotine.
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Last updated Jan 23, 2015


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