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Tips For Safely And Effectively Taking Sleep Medicine

by Claire Ward

Sleep doesn't always come easy. Most people have trouble falling asleep from time to time, but if it seems like you're struggling with sleep more often than not, it might be time to consider taking a sleep medicine for some assistance. Here are a few tips to help you do so as safely and effectively as possible.

1. Only take prescription medications if they have been prescribed by your doctor.

There are prescription sleep medications that are generally safe and effective, but you will need to consult with your doctor to ensure they are safe for you to take. Do not take a prescription medication that has been prescribed to someone else. And do not buy prescription medication online without your doctor's explicit approval. 

2. Don't take the medication until you're ready to go to bed.

Regardless of which medication you're taking—whether it's a prescription or over-the-counter option—you should wait until you're ready to go to bed to take them. Some medications kick in very quickly, and you don't want to still be up, walking around, and trying to do things while you're starting to get drowsy. Take your meds, and then climb into bed; it should be the last thing you do.

3. Only take the recommended dose.

If you take the dose recommended on the bottle and don't experience relief, do not just take another pill. Doing so could cause dangerous side effects, and it could also make you so fatigued that you still feel drowsy and unable to function in the morning. Instead, if your medication does not work, practice some relaxing techniques like deep breathing and listening to calming music. Sometimes this extra help will allow you to drift off to sleep. Give the medication a chance for a few nights, and if you're still not getting the results desired, reach out to your doctor to ask if there's another medication you can try or if it's safe to take a larger dose.

4. Don't take your medication right after a big meal.

If you take your sleeping medicine right after a big meal, it may not be absorbed quickly, so it may not work that effectively. Wait some time after a big meal to take your pill. If you've just had a smaller snack, it is usually okay to take your medication right away.

Follow the tips above for safe and effective use of sleep medicine, and be sure to adhere to any package instructions, too. Sleep well! 

Contact a clinic, such as Elkview General Hospital, for more information. 


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!