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Medicine For Insomnia In Adults
Learn relaxation: Skills (biofeedback may help -- www. Bcia. Org or www. Aapb. Org) & practice good sleep habits -- consistent bed & wake times, warm bed & cool room, quiet & dark room, minimize caffeine & alcohol, use relaxing pre-sleep routine, use bedroom only for sleep & sex (no tv, eating, reading, etc.). Talk to a sleep specialist or http://greeleypsychologist. Com/sleep. Xhtml for more details. ...Read more
What can I take for insomnia, I've tried all the OTC the drugs & they leave me with a hangover feeling the next morning...Help.
Meditation: In many popular articles there are helpful tips for falling asleep, such as always going to bed at the same time, turning off all lights and electronic devices, especially the tv, refraining from food and drink for a period of time before trying to sleep, and practicing some form of meditation, etc. However, insomnia may also be due to depression or some other medical problem. See your doctor fir. ...Read more
If an adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, after countless testing, what's the least of evils to take nightly?
Maybe Melatonin: Perhaps melatonin. 5 - 1mg nightly would be the "least of evils" to take nightly. Especially in women, taking higher doses may disrupt rather than improve sleep. Also lemon balm or hops as herbs may be helpful. 5-htp can help, and so can magnesium glycinate or other (not magnesium oxide which is common but poorly absorbed and can lead to diarrhea). ...Read more
Usually yes: If you are basically health, and you take the medicine as prescribed, and don't combine it with other drugs or alcohol, or use one and then go out driving or using heavy equipment. Hypnotic drugs are usually most helpful short term, when there is a period of stress. If you need one long term you should get an evaluation for other problems - a sleep disorder or anxiety or depression. ...Read more
Try this: Sleep restriction therapy : (1) good sleep hygiene- try sleeping same time and out of bed same time (2) key is to be out of bed same time 7 days/week even cannot sleep (3) only go to bed when sleepy but still wake up same time like 6am (4), regular exercise and same sleep wake cycle, (5) balance diet, cut or eliminate caffeine & stimulant intake (6) daily bm is key. See your doc prn. ...Read more
Good sleep hygiene: 1.Keep regular bed & waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep & sex. No work materials, computers, & tv in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr. ...Read more
Look beyond drugs: I think most of the time that using therapeutic techniques such as relaxation, cognitive therapies and stress management is often more helpful and long lasting than utilizing medications alone for treatment of insomnia and anxiety issues. Talk with a counselor at your school/university about getting some assistance with test anxiety issues. They can help. ...Read more
Melatonin, herbals: There are many types and causes of insomnia. Assuming yours is the occasional, stress-related type (rather than one such as depression that requires more specific treatment), melatonin and/or various herbal mixtures (such as those sold at whole foods or earth fare) are relatively safe and sometimes quite helpful. ...Read more
I can't sleep at night, so I sleep all day. This can't go on, tried all medicines out for insomnia. Need help please?
Delayed sleep phase: It is a vicious circle, if you sleep all day you cannot sleep at night. You may have a delayed sleep phase synrome (in other words, you may be a night owl). If you really want to sleep at night and stay awake during the day, you have to put yourself on a strict schedule with no exceptions. Go to bed at a fixed time (use an alarm clock), get up 7-8 hours later whether or not you slept, no naps. ...Read more
Hi... I want to ask about my medicine that iam taking which is escitalopram because I notice that I have some problem such as insomnia, mood changes?
Night shift duty cause me insomnia I can't sleep on my normal time I stayed up til morning & sleep whole day. Is it can be healed? Or do I need drugs?
Yes, you can heal: Night shifts can mess up the sleep/wake cycle. Your body is confused but can straighten out. Start a regular routine. Eat at the same time everyday. Begin to go to bed earlier every night. Increase how early in half hour increments until you are to 10 or 11 P.M. Oil massage with a warm organic oil such as sesame or olive will help, yoga poses and warm milk works. No daytime sleep! ...Read more
If I use. 5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) every night for insomnia, in time will I build up resistance to drug and require a higher dose to give the same effect?
Very possible: This is a well-known and common risk of anti-anxiety medications chemically called "benzodiazepines" (or "benzos"). It's the main reason they are not recommended for long-term use, usually defined as over 2 weeks. Of course, not everyone reacts the same: some people develop tolerance (they "build up resistance") even sooner, while some take much longer, or never do. But why risk it? ...Read more
What is the best way to beat insomnia caused by jet lag? I don't like taking sleeping medicines...
Natural: Try to avoid sleeping during the day. ...Read more
Is there any medicine for sleep disorders. I am not getting my proper sleep at bad time due to insomnia?
My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?
Not rare, not best:
I'll provide a link to a piece on the most common ; respected: http://www. Uspharmacist. Com/content/d/feature/i/1369/c/26256/
low doses of antipsychotics for insomnia, while common, is not recommended. There is little evidence of benefit and big concern regarding adverse effects especially in elderly. You already take a lot! Try to find a sleep clinic specialist. Best! ...Read more
20yo, suffer from worries and health anxiety, suffering from insomnia for a month now, don't know what to do, don't want to use drugs for side effect, help?
I understand your distress.
Believe in yourself who you are.
Feel good about your achievements and Respect yourself.
Become Captain over your Anxiety, not Victim.
Feel Blessings of your Body and Mind, do not focus on Health Anxiety.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, work and finances ...Read more
I am having the worst spell of insomnia yet. One day I sleep only 3 hours, next day can't sleep at all. Z-drugs & benzos useless due to tolerance. Very small town no sleep doc anywhere near me.
Several options: Insomnia sometimes has a cause that can be figured out ; addressed directly, e.g., depression or sleep apnea. Even lacking a sleep specialist, your family doc or internist should be able to help. Cognitive therapy (cbt-i) can help too. Other meds to consider: sedating antihistamines (diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine) ; sedating antidepressants (trazodone, doxepin, mirtazepine). ...Read more
What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…
A patchwork quilt:
Approach is best. Try improving sleep hygiene across the board. 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, > ...Read more
I have really BAD insomnia and I wanted to try to take some meds for it what is a good over the counter drug that is light on the stomach/non drowy?
Melatonin is option: 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, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; >>. ...Read more
An adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, who already practices good sleep hygiene, what's safe to take nightly?
Melatonin: Alerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ( (Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep ...Read more
I've updated my medicine list with dosages. I'm still having daily "panic attacks", severe insomnia, and little-to-no libido. I'm close to the end!
Get help now!: It seems you are in significant distress. You should speak to your PCP asap to discuss your symptoms. Additionally, should you begin to feel completely overwhelmed, suicidal thoughts may appear. If this should happen, please notify a loved one, go directly to the Emergency Room, or call a suicide hotline. Help is available! ...Read more