Mild sleeping pill I can use to help me sleep better.
(posted on September 28, 2010) :
to bed about 11:00pm at night but I toss & turn throughout the
a mild sleeping pill I can use to help me sleep better?
& go to classes from 5:00 am in the morning to 9:00pm at night
properly, sleeping pills give enormous benefit to people suffering
from an inability to get restful sleep.
same time, the rise in the use of sleep medication has been accompanied
by reports of abuse and unpleasant side effects.
of the most popular over-the-counter sleep aids contain diphenhydramine:
- Tylenol PM
helps those with mild, infrequent insomnia.
can also cause unwanted sleepiness in the morning.
side effects of diphenhydramine include:
- Confusion or delirium
occur most in people over 65, who should avoid taking diphenhydramine.
people shouldn't take diphenhydramine for more than two weeks, because
tolerance can develop.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) medications are among the newest sleep
medicines and include:
<*> Ambien CR (zolpidem tartrate extended release)
<*> Lunesta (eszopiclone)
<*> Sonata (zaleplon)
GABA medicines do have potential side effects, which are usually mild
" Behavior changes prior to sleep
are older medicines that effectively help people get to sleep, and
were previously the most commonly used sleep medicines. Drugs in the
benzodiazepine class include:
<*> Halcion (triazolam)
<*> Restoril (temazepam)
<*> Valium (diazepam)
have potential side effects, which include:
=Poor memory of some events while taking the drug
to the National Sleep Foundation, good sleep habits should include:
later in the day. Avoid caffeine from four or five hours prior to
going to bed. And that includes not just the coffee but the chocolate
and the colas, too.
=Avoid nicotine or alcohol two to three hours before bedtime.
=Use your bedroom only for sleeping and sex.
=Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule on all days, including weekends.
=Exercise regularly but complete it several hours before bedtime.
=Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
=Create a restful sleep environment by reducing noise, light, and
temperature extremes with ear plugs, window blinds, an electric blanket,
or air conditioner.