Monday, September 14, 2015

My Sleep Challenge

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For the past few months I have been sharing my shut-eye strategies for a Uninterrupted Night of Sleep. As I have shared previously I work from home. It was a move I decided fit our family best and just so happened to be something I also loved doing. In fact, you are reading the fruits of this labor on the very website I spend hours running, writing and contributing to. With every job comes deadlines, responsibility and sleep-less nights. My mind runs wild with ideas as I grace the "wee" hours finishing projects. After which I then have the inability to sleep once I go to bed. 
I have implemented the healthy shut-eye strategies to help me achieve a good night’s sleep. The first one I have tried to follow was turning off my electronic devices an hour before I head off to bed. "Having these media devices or lights on can activate the brain, keeping you from falling and staying asleep at night. I know this and yet I still partake in checking my emails, Facebook or other social sites right before I got to sleep". Well, after a month of implementing this I have to say I am still struggling with it. I shut off my computer and enjoy a few episodes of NCIS then call it a night. Television is still a electronic device but no one is perfect. I will say this allows some time with my spouse and I do sleep better when I get off the computer earlier.
Getting active early was another strategy I struggle with. I am NOT a morning person! "Some people can function in the morning unfortunately I am not one of them! Without coffee and some time to fully awaken I am not much good to anyone. Getting comfortable, having a dark room and taking  a bath before are great advice". These may work for some to obtain a restful night sleep. Believe me, I want a restful night's sleep as the next person but sometimes nothing works to help aid in my sleep. I know I am not alone!
The good news is that there are effective treatment options available for those suffering with insomnia, including SILENOR®, a prescription sleep aid that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep.  Most sleep medications work on the sleep-promoting system, helping patients fall asleep, while SILENOR® works with the wake-promoting mechanism of the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, helping patients stay asleep throughout the night and early morning. And, perhaps most important, it can be used regularly and it’s not associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence.

      If you have trouble sleeping through the night, you should have a conversation with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms to determine the best option for you.
      To learn more about how to achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep visit Wanttosleepmore.com.
Full SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken a MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR® if you have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, at https://www.silenor.com/Content/pdf/prescribing-information.pdf. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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