Tossing and turning. Constantly looking at your alarm clock. Waking up feeling groggy. Sound familiar? Whether it be because of stress, physical discomfort, or other factors, not being able to fall asleep is frustrating. Because sleepless nights and tiredness can affect other aspects of your daily life, it may be necessary to discuss sleeping supplements or prescriptions with your pharmacist.
Over-the-counter options include melatonin and antihistamines. Melatonin is a natural product that can help restore your body’s sleep cycle, but may take several weeks to show benefit. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine or Benadryl are commonly used because they cause drowsiness; however, many people experience continued drowsiness the next day. These products should be avoided in the elderly, due to an increased fall risk and confusion.
We provide a variety of sleeping supplements at our pharmacy, including Solutions Rx Superior Sleep Support. This supplement helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Additionally, it improves your quality of sleep, allowing you to wake up refreshed and without grogginess.
If you have problems sleeping and self-treatment hasn’t been effective, there are several prescription products available that may be helpful. Prescription sleeping pills are not without risk and should only be started after a discussion with your healthcare provider. Your doctor can work with you to figure out which medication may be right for you, should you decide that sleeping supplements are not helpful.
Keep in mind that some of your medications may also be contributing to your sleeplessness and changing when you take them may help you to sleep at night. If you have any questions about self-treatment or if your current medications may be affecting your sleep, contact us.