Insomnia is the most common health complaint that physicians receive. It causes distress, frequently because of a fear or a feeling of not being able to fall asleep at bedtime, and can decrease work-related productivity because of daytime fatigue or drowsiness. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, or experiencing non restful sleep.
Much of the population in the United States has experienced some sort of insomnia in their lives. Symptoms of insomnia occur in 33% to 50% of the adult population.
Before you reach for the bottle of sleep medication, be sure to try these options first:
1. Exercise routinely (three to four times weekly) but not close to bedtime because this can increase wakefulness.
2. Create a comfortable sleep environment by avoiding temperature extremes, loud noises, and illuminated clocks in the bedroom.
3. Discontinue or reduce the use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
4. Avoid drinking large quantities of liquids in the evening to prevent nighttime trips to the restroom.
5. Do something relaxing and enjoyable before bedtime, like yoga or stretching.
6. Avoid blue spectrum light from television, smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
7. Avoid daytime naps.
If none of these options work, you can try taking medications that can be found over the counter such as:
For more information on how to get a better night’s sleep, stop by or call one of our pharmacy locations.
Richmond Hill Pharmacy: 912-756-3331. Pharmacy hours are 8:30 am – 7:00 pm on weekdays; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday; and 12:30 – 5:00 pm on Sunday.