Not being able to sleep — sucks. Which is why I am here now, up in the early morning hours for no apparent reason. So I decided I might as well discuss insomnia and how you can maybe better handle it.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia can be anything from having difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. People who experience insomnia can be negatively impacted due to the impact it has on quality of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect a person’s overall day by decreasing energy levels, concentration, and daily performance. SO YEAH, INSOMNIA IS NOT AWESOME.
There are a few things you can do before seeking medical help from a doctor. However, there are circumstances where my advice doesn’t apply and a doctor’s visit may be more appropriate.
ANYWAYS, below is a list of ways to help with insomnia that I’ve taken from one of my pharmacy textbooks.
In addition to the above, a short term over the counter option to help fall asleep could be Benadryl (diphenhydramine). The allergy strength typically comes as 25mg, but I buy the 50mg capsules that you can find in the sleep section (typically near the ZZZquil). I don’t recommend this for long term use, but can be used here and there when having trouble getting sleep. If none of the above seemed to have helped, I would recommend seeing a doctor for enhanced therapy.