When Counting Sheep Fails: The Latest Sleep Medications

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Ambien, Ambien CR, Antidepressants: Insomnia is a common symptom of depression. Thus, some caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for four to six hours before going to bed, and don’t exercise too late in the evening.

  • Make sure your bedroom is restful and quiet. Get a sleep mask or white noise machine if you can’t block out light or noise from outside.
  • Get up and go to bed at the same time every day — yes, even on weekends!
  • Studies have also found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be a very effective treatment for insomnia, making it easier to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer.

    “In fact, some research shows that medications aren’t as effective in the long term as behavioral treatment of the insomnia problem,” says Arand. “Changing behavior can have a greater impact and longer duration of effectiveness. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use these remedies in combination.”