10 Types of Sleep Aids

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    Tired of counting sheep? You’re not alone. About 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer sleep problems, such as trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or having a restful sleep.

    It’s important to bring chronic sleep problems to your doctor’s attention. But for occasional sleeplessness, many types of sleep aids exist that may help, including medications, supplements, smartphone apps, and a host of devices and tools. Here’s a look at what’s available to help you or your child find a good night’s rest.

  • 1)Over-the-Counter Sleeping Pills

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    Common sleep aids available over the counter include medications containing antihistamines, such as Benadryl, Aleve PM, and Unisom SleepTabs. These are sedating drugs that can cause daytime drowsinessdry mouthblurred vision, and other side effects. They shouldn’t be taken longer than two weeks; should not be mixed with alcohol; and are not recommended for people with certain conditions, such as asthmasleep apnea or glaucoma. They also could interact with other medications. If a child is taking these, verify the correct dosage (since they are designed for adult use). Check with your doctor or child’s pediatrician before using these drugs.

  • 2)Prescription Sleeping Pills

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Article submitted by Pat France, MSRN Member