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
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Top Medications for Insomnia according to our users

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All Medications for Insomnia

  • Anti-anxiety > Benzodiazepine


  • Antidepressant > Serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor

  • Anti-nausea > Antihistamine

    • Phenergan
      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.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Suppository

Medication side effects for Insomnia

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  • Ambien: 2%
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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Insomnia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • No food or drinks after 7pm or at least 4 hours before going to bed
  • Pimentos on crackers work better
  • Take 3 teaspoons of tart pitted cherries canned in water just prior to going to bed.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • valerian root
  • Don't stress about all the ripple effects. One day at a time.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • 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
  • 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