Mental health disorders

Insomnia

About Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. If you have it, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. You may not feel refreshed when you wake up.

Symptoms of Insomnia
  • Lying awake for a long time before you fall asleep
  • Sleeping for only short periods
  • Being awake for much of the night
  • Feeling as if you haven't slept at all
  • Waking up too early

Top Medications for Insomnia according to our users

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  • Advil PM
    (diphenhydramine / ibuprofen)
    Over-the-counter

    Advil Pm (Diphenhydramine / Ibuprofen) works well at relieving pain and also helps you sleep.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Ativan
    (lorazepam)
    Prescription only

    Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
  • Belsomra
    (suvorexant)
    Prescription only

    Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Benadryl
    (diphenhydramine)
    Prescription or OTC

    Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is great for allergies, but curl up on the couch after taking it and get ready for a nap.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Butisol
    (butabarbital)
    Prescription only

    Butisol (butabarbital) is not very good for sleeping problems because it can be addictive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Dalmane
    (flurazepam)
    Prescription only

    Dalmane (flurazepam) helps you fall asleep, but its effect can carry over to the next day and be addictive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Capsule
  • Doral
    (quazepam)
    Prescription only

    Doral (quazepam) can help you sleep but you can become dependent on it if you use it for more than a few days.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Estazolam
    Prescription only

    Prosom (estazolam) can help you sleep, but you might feel hungover the next day.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Lunesta
    (eszopiclone)
    Prescription only

    Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep. Not as habit-forming as some sleep medicines, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Restoril
    (temazepam)
    Prescription only

    Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Rozerem
    (ramelteon)
    Prescription only

    Rozerem (ramelteon) is a good sleep medicine that's not addictive, but it can be expensive.

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    • Pill
  • Seconal
    (secobarbital)
    Prescription only

    Seconal (secobarbital) is approved for sleep, but can be very addictive and only works for 2 weeks.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • triazolam
    Prescription only

    Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Tylenol PM
    (acetaminophen / diphenhydramine)
    Over-the-counter

    Tylenol Pm (Acetaminophen / Diphenhydramine) works well at relieving pain and also helps you sleep.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Unisom SleepGels
    (diphenhydramine)
    Over-the-counter

    Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) is a good over-the-counter medication for nighttime allergies.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • Unisom
    (doxylamine)
    Prescription or OTC

    Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) can help you get a good night's sleep, but you can have a hard time waking up if you don't give yourself enough time to sleep.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • Oleptro
    (trazodone)
    Prescription only

    Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • oxazepam
    Prescription only

    Serax (oxazepam) helps make sure the seizures that happen during alcohol withdrawal don't get worse. Serax (oxazepam) is also good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

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    • Pill
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Liquid
  • Phenergan
    (promethazine)
    Prescription only

    Phenergan (Promethazine) is used to treat and prevent nausea and vomiting from surgery, motion sickness, or pregnancy. While it's cheap and available in different forms to make it easier to take, it can make you feel very sleepy, and its side effects mean that children under 2 and adults over 65 shouldn't take it.

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    95%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Suppository
  • Ambien
    (zolpidem)
    Prescription only

    Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral spray
    • Sublingual pill
  • Sonata
    (zaleplon)
    Prescription only

    Sonata (Zaleplon) helps you fall asleep, but it's not as good for staying asleep. It also interacts with a lot of diseases and other drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Ambien
    (zolpidem)
    Prescription only

    Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral spray
    • Sublingual pill

Medication side effects for Insomnia

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Dizziness.

  • Doral: 2%
  • Belsomra: 8%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Dizziness

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Dizziness

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Insomnia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Take 3 teaspoons of tart pitted cherries canned in water just prior to going to bed.
  • Pimentos on crackers work better
  • No food or drinks after 7pm or at least 4 hours before going to bed
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Don't stress about all the ripple effects. One day at a time.
  • valerian root
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Oddly enough, everything they say not to do. I'm much better off watching TV from bed than almost anything else. If i put the sleep timer on, and watch something silly, i get to sleep quickly and sleep longer
  • I try not to go to bed too early. Makes it more likely that i'll wake up too soon and not be able to fall back asleep
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon