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Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Depends: It depends on the type of pill - sedatives can cause physical dependence otc remedies can have other adverse effects. ...Read more

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I have trouble staying asleep, fall asleep no problem but wake up several times. I take melatonin pills with no success. Dont want to take more pills.?

I have trouble staying asleep, fall asleep no problem but wake up several times. I take melatonin pills with no success. Dont want to take more pills.?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Best resource: Based on available studies and clinical use, melatonin is generally regarded as safe in recommended doses (five milligrams daily) for up to two years. Available trials report that overall adverse effects are not significantly more common with melatonin than placebo. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/ns_patient-melatonin/dsection=safety. ...Read more

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I take a sleeping tablet every night. Some nights i fall asleep after one tablet, some nights I have to take up to three to sleep. Should i worry?

I take a sleeping tablet every night. Some nights i fall asleep after one tablet, some nights I have to take up to three to sleep. Should i worry?

See doctor: It appears that you need these medications to sleep and they may no longer be working .You should see your doctor to discuss and find some other form of therapy to help you. ...Read more

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I've had a very hard time falling asleep for the past few nights. I've only gotten about 3 hours of sleep each night. What are the safest prescription medications that I can use to help me fall asleep? (I take 25mg Zoloft and 20mg Nexium everyday).

I've had a very hard time falling asleep for the past few nights. I've only gotten about 3 hours of sleep each night. What are the safest prescription medications that I can use to help me fall asleep? (I take 25mg Zoloft and 20mg Nexium everyday).

Find cause: Need more information to know what's causing lack of sleep. Meds should be discussed with prescribing doctor who also should know what's going on that you can only sleep 3 hr/night. Some common reasons: situational stress, mood disorder not fully recognized, excess alcohol or other substance abuse that may be minimized. Keep a log of your sleep pattern and discuss openly with your doctor. ...Read more

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Problems staying asleep longer than 3-4 hours and i can't take it anymore. What good sleeping pills do you recommend?

Problems staying asleep longer than 3-4 hours and i can't take it anymore. What good sleeping pills do you recommend?

Nothing OTC: Take nothing otc other than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which I am sure you have tried. Consult your pcp and let him do the recommending. ...Read more

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How do I sleep better at night? How can I sleep better at night? I already take sleeping pills nightly but they don't help. I have trouble falling asleep and then waking up dozens of times through out the night.

How do I sleep better at night? How can I sleep better at night? I already take sleeping pills nightly but they don't help. I have trouble falling asleep and then waking up dozens of times through out the night.

Not : Not sleeping well is a very frustrating condition. You may have already tried not drinking caffeine after noon, not exercising too close to bedtime, and not using your computer or tv within an hour of bedtime. Consider adding "white noise" such as a fan. Be sure that your room is cool and not overly warm. Eating light during the day, then having a larger meal at around 7 pm or so can be helpful. If these don't work, you may want to see your doctor or even a sleep specialist to discuss your situation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a sleeping pill when you having a hard time sleeping?. I worked during night and sleep at day.

Is it okay to take a sleeping pill when you having a hard time sleeping?. I worked during night and sleep at day.

Sleep: Occassional use of a medication to help with sleep is usually fine. Try working with sleep hygiene as well.Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, >>>. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having trouble sleeping at night. I usually wake up after about 3-4 hours and can't get back to sleep. I don't take any medications and am otherwise very healthy. Is taking melatonin a good idea? Thanks Insomnia

Need more info: this can be from many causes and the treatment depends on the cause.if jetlag is an issue then yes. but if other reasons like depression that can cause early awakening then need not melatonin but an antidepressant, another possibility is excessive anxiety address anxiety would help, sometimes it's an issue of discomfort if your room is too hot, or mattress is uncomfortable, hunger etc. ...Read more

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I've been taking pills for sleep for a year. SometimesI Clonazepam but now I take Zolpidem for 3 months. I want to sleep normally. How to avoid pills?

I've been taking pills for sleep for a year. SometimesI Clonazepam but now I take Zolpidem for 3 months. I want to sleep normally. How to avoid pills?

Restoring sleep: You need a good behavioral sleep program to restore normal sleep rhythm. There is NO evidence that any of the sleep 'medicines' are appropriate for long-term (more than a few weeks) use. It may seem counterintuitive but usually the best treatment for insomnia is to focus on what you're doing while awake (exercise, no naps, healthy food/hydration, stress relief) and stop night caffeine alcohol ligh ...Read more

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I take 25 mg of seroqual to sleep at night ( for the past 6 years straight) and i wake sickly hungry, even if i eat before bed. How can I help this?

I take 25 mg of seroqual to sleep at night ( for the past 6 years straight)  and i wake sickly hungry, even if i eat before bed. How can I help this?

Talk to your doctor: About a trial on trazodone, cbti or cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or any of the other various means of helping sleep that will not stimulate your appetite. Practice good sleep hygiene. Google the term if you do not know what that is. Or you can find it on one of dr. Heidi fowler's many answers to insomnia questions on this website. Also try using the one of the sleep inducing binaural listening apps reviewed on this website.Best wishes. ...Read more

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How safe is it to take an over-the-counter sleeping pill every night? Nothing works as good at these do for me.

How safe is it to take an over-the-counter sleeping pill every night? Nothing works as good at these do for me.

Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your lack of sleep quality. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more

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I've been taking drug store sleep meds every night i can not sleep should I talk to my doctor about this? Is it going to harm me ?

I've been taking drug store sleep meds every night i can not sleep should I talk to my doctor about this? Is it going to harm me ?

See your doctor: Long term use of sleep meds can be dangerous. If you are constantly taking any meds for sleeping, please see your physician who will need to determine any underlying problems that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take sleeping pills every night?

Is it okay to take sleeping pills every night?

Not really: You could get addicted to sleeping pills. It is better to find out why do you cannot sleep and fix that. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I take 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to aid in me falling asleep, rather then taking any sleep meds. Any better alternatives?

I take 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to aid in me falling asleep, rather then taking any sleep meds. Any better alternatives?

Good habits: Good habits : -regular sleep time -no TV/light source in the bedroom -cool temperature -no caffeinated drinks late afternoon -no computer games before bed time -regular exercise during the day -calming breathing exercising before sleep Can also consider calming teas, herbal suplements ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep at night. Will taking a medication help?

I can't fall asleep at night. Will taking a medication help?

Maybe: Before trying medication, you may want to check and be sure you are promoting sleep. Avoid caffeine late in the day. Go to sleep around the same time in a quiet dark comfortable place. Get regular exercise during the day, but not too close to bedtime. Don't eat heavy meals close to bedtime. Avoid excess alcohol. If you are doing these things, and still can't get to sleep, see your doctor. ...Read more

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