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Monday, September 22, 2008 sharwilla, Community Member, asks

Q: Best medication for falling and staying asleep

I take Trazadone for sleep. I fall asleep very quickly. I sleep for 5 hours and wake up. I can't fall back to sleep. Please help

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Jerry Kennard, Health Guide
9/23/08 1:24pm

Hi Sharwilla,

 

I think there are a couple of ways to approach this. The first is to reflect on how long you have been on this particular medication. The effectiveness of sedatives is quite limited over time and depending on how long you have been taking them, you will find that you begin to tolerate their effects. This is the time to visit the doctor who may suggest increasing the dose, or, changing medication altogether.

 

In some ways 5 hours of continuous sleep (if this is what you have) isn't too bad. You don't say what your age is - this can have an effect. So the second way of approaching this is to ask how you spend your day? Do you have an active day or a sedentary day? Although I don't know how your day is spent, I'm just suggesting that lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on sleep patterns.

 

Finally, when you wake up, what do you do? Do you stay in bed willing yourself to go to sleep? Do you get up and have a drink? Breaking into the cycle can be useful. Rather than stay in bed, it can be useful to get up and maybe have a glass of water (not a stimulant like tea or coffee). Don't go on your pc to check emails or put on the tv as these are stimulants too. You could try some calm music or maybe try relaxation or meditation. If you put pressure on yourself to go back to sleep it won't happen.

 

Good luck

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Casey McNulty, Health Guide
9/24/08 4:11pm

Hi sharwilla,


Thank you for your question. In addition to the information posted above, there are several medications on the market that are specifically to help you sleep. Although you mentioned that you are taking trazodone for sleep, it is not FDA-approved as a sleep aid. Ambien, Ambien CR, Lunesta, Rozerem, and Sonata are all indicated for the treatment of insomnia. The makers of Ambien CR report that it is especially effective in helping you to fall asleep as well as stay asleep because it is made of two layers. The first layer dissolves immediately, helping you to fall asleep, and the second layer dissolves slowly throughout the night to keep you asleep. If you are interested in trying one of these medications, speak with your doctor about whether they could be right for you. I hope this helps!


Best of luck,

Casey

 

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