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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.

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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What can I take to treat chronic insomnia?

What can I take to treat chronic insomnia?

Chronic insomnia: Treating chronic insomnia is not only about finding a medicine to take. Many things may be contributing to it, and these need to be understood. Sleep studies may be needed, and evaluations for associated conditions that interfere with sleep. Sleep hygiene needs to be followed. You could start with your primary care physician, who may also want you to see a psychiatrist and/or sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Is sominex 50mg a good alternative rather than what I'm taking now trazadone 25mg its makes my heart rate low at night I take for insomnia?

Is sominex 50mg a good alternative rather than what I'm taking now trazadone 25mg its makes my heart rate low at night I take for insomnia?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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What's safe to take if you have insomnia?

What's safe to take if you have insomnia?

Information!: Start with good sleep hygiene including a consistent bedtime, avoiding tv, computers, etc. In bedroom, and a comfortable sleep environment. If those aren't enough, there are a number of prescription meds that can be safe and effective, yet like all meds side effects are possible. Over the counter sleep aids can generally be used short term. Avoid alcohol for sleep it hurts more than helps. ...Read more

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Are there natural meds that I can take to help with insomnia?

See your doctor: I recommend consulting your doctor before starting any natural remedies as insomnia can be a symptom of another condition, such as depression, anxiety or sleep apnea. You should go to bed at the same time every night, get some sunlight and exercise during the day, and minimize your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Taking magnesium, calcium, zinc, melatonin, or valerian may help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for insomnia to be replaced by exhaustion?

Varies: For someone that is in their 40s, about 72 hours. This can be 90+ hours in teenagers and less in elderly people. ...Read more

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Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Along with CBT use: Good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with insomnia for some time now. I don't want to take meds. What are natural ways to deal with this?

Sleep Hygiene: Before the bedtime, write a summary of your day -- +things that happened to you and a list for tomorrow to bring more structure to your routine. Have a bedtime routine, make sure the room is a little on a cooler side, take a warm shower before bed, try relaxation. If these things don't help, seek someone who works with sleep difficulties and talk to your physician to find a reason for insomnia. ...Read more

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What to do if I have insomnia, and have been taking it for three years, is it advisable to take it at a overnight economy flight of 9 hours ?

What to do if I have insomnia, and have been taking it for three years, is it advisable to take it at a overnight economy flight of 9 hours ?

Taking what ?: You don't say what you've been taking for 3 years.. In general, one should not take a sleep med long term, rather address the issues of sleep hygiene, or other underlying cause of your insomnia. ...Read more