Prescription Sleep Medication
Many people have problems falling asleep or staying asleep. Approximately 10% of the general population suffers chronic problems and 30-50% had sleep issues at some point in their lives. If the difficulties are not connected to an underlying health problem (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea, mood disorders), the best approach is to follow the rules of good sleep hygiene. They include, among other things, adhering to a regular sleep schedule.
Sometimes the short term use of a sleep medication prescribed by physician – preferably a sleep expert – can help.
Your physician will ask you some background questions about your habits and overall health. Under some circumstances, he/she may order tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that could disturb sleep. Assuming none are found, he/she may prescribe an appropriate sleep medication for not more than two weeks. Additional steps may be needed to alleviate the problem(s).
There are several categories of prescription sleep medication, among them sedatives, anxiolytics and antidepressants. An experienced and knowledgeable clinician will make the best choice for a patient. Sleep medications carry the risk of increasing dependence and tolerance when used over long periods of time. Although newer compounds have fewer such risks, they can cause liver and kidney problems, mood changes and other adverse effects.
How Will SleepRate Help You?
Use SleepRate for a few days to identify sleep-wake patterns and to measure sleep duration, efficiency and structure. It will provide you with personalized advice on how to improve your sleep as well as useful information you should share with your physician during your consultation.