Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not able to answer queries about physical issues or medicinal issues. Those should be addressed face-to-face with a physician.
Today’s question is from a site visitor who wants to stop waking up early:
Thanks so much for visiting SleepBetter.org. It sounds like you’re working toward improving your sleep, and we applaud you for that!
The first thing you should do when considering the use of even over-the-counter sleep drugs is have a discussion with your doctor. Most all drugs have some kind of side-effect, and they should be talked about face-to-face.
After discussing with your doctor, one takeaway you should have is that all sleep drugs, including Ambien and other over-the-counter and prescription drugs, are designed for occasional use. What “occasional” means is up for discussion. We understand that some people do sometimes need a little help sleeping, but we hope that everyone will work, like you are, toward achieving sleep every night without medications.
Please continue your education about calming techniques, and make it a goal for 2015 to use sleep drugs as little as possible.
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