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Can lithium be used for insomnia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not directly

Sleep disturbance is an important part of bipolar disorder, for which lithium is a longstanding and effective treatment.
By evening out the mood disturbance, lithium can normalize sleep pattern. But in this way it's taken daily, and is not helpful as an "as needed" sleep medication for non-bipolar people.

In brief: Not directly

Sleep disturbance is an important part of bipolar disorder, for which lithium is a longstanding and effective treatment.
By evening out the mood disturbance, lithium can normalize sleep pattern. But in this way it's taken daily, and is not helpful as an "as needed" sleep medication for non-bipolar people.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Insomnia

I agree with dr. Pappas (as always).
Lithium is not a sleep medication but by improving a sleep disorder it can indirectly improve sleep.

In brief: Insomnia

I agree with dr. Pappas (as always).
Lithium is not a sleep medication but by improving a sleep disorder it can indirectly improve sleep.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Lithium & Sleep

Lithium, by improving moods, indirectly improves quality of sleep.

In brief: Lithium & Sleep

Lithium, by improving moods, indirectly improves quality of sleep.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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