(BPT) - As you head to bed, you may be thinking, 'Tomorrow's going to be great.'
It's a new day and you probably have too much to do on your list, but that's a good thing. Whether you plan to catch up with a friend over coffee, take another look at that long-standing project at work or head to the gym as part of your new workout routine, getting recharged with a good night's sleep is the best way to tackle your day with a renewed sense of energy and purpose.
There's a lot to look forward to when you go to sleep.
Unfortunately, if you're reading this, you may be one of the 70 million Americans[i] affected by sleep disorders, so you might not be getting the sleep you need. In fact, nearly 30 percent of American adults report that they get an average of less than six hours of sleep per night.[ii]
Of the almost 80 different types of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy, perhaps the best known is insomnia.[iii] Affecting between 30 to 50 percent of the population in the U.S. alone,[iv] insomnia is characterized by the inability to fall asleep, to stay asleep or a combination of both. It may also be present in people who wake up hours too early and can't fall back asleep.[v]
Insomnia can be incredibly frustrating, because no matter how tired you might feel, you struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep.
Associated health problems
Not getting enough sleep does more than just make you feel sluggish or groggy.
Studies show that poor sleep can have a big impact on someone's overall health and well-being. When it comes to mood, surveys show that the quality of life for people with severe insomnia is almost as poor as those who have chronic conditions such as heart failure.[vi] Chronic insomnia can lead to irritability, mistakes at work and poorer relationships.[vii],[viii],[ix] Additionally, insomnia may also lead to depression in some people.[x]
Making changes to your bedtime routine
Many people who suffer from insomnia try to change their bedtime routine by practicing good 'sleep hygiene.' One of the common steps they take may involve keeping a sleep journal in which they record how they slept and for how long. Some find it beneficial to avoid distractions such as their phone, television or computer before going to sleep and instead reading, meditating or engaging in some other relaxing activity. For others, simply turning down the temperature may be enough to help them fall asleep.
However, many people may continue to struggle with insomnia, even while practicing good sleep hygiene. Given how central sleep is to a healthy, happy life, it's crucial to put sleep first and ask your doctor for help if you experience difficulty falling or staying asleep.
One available treatment for patients with difficulty staying asleep (also known as sleep maintenance insomnia) is SILENOR(R) (doxepin)[xi], a prescription sleep medicine used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. SILENOR doesn't put you to sleep; instead, it helps you stay asleep by working with your body's natural cycle. As with all medications, SILENOR(R) has some side effects, so it's important to talk with your doctor about all the benefits and risks of taking the treatment.
It's hard to overstate just how important a good night's sleep is, and though millions of Americans struggle to get an adequate amount of sleep each night, you don't have to be one of them.
SILENOR(R) is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep.
Important Safety Information
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(R) 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 an MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR(R). You should not take SILENOR(R) 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(R). You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR(R). Until you know how you will react to SILENOR(R), you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR(R). Before you take SILENOR(R), 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(R) 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 www.SILENOR.com.
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.
[i] Cleveland Clinic. Common Sleep Disorders. MyClevelandClinic.org, 2013. Accessed April 4, 2017. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/common-sleep-disorders
[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Problem. CDC.gov, 2015. Accessed April 4, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/
[iii] Cleveland Clinic. Common Sleep Disorders. MyClevelandClinic.org, 2013. Accessed April 4, 2017. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/common-sleep-disorders
[iv] Sleep Management Institute. Disorders & Treatments. SleepManagementInstitute.MD, 2010. Accessed April 4, 2017. http://www.sleepmanagement.md/sleepdisorders/Insomnia.aspx
[v] Cleveland Clinic. Common Sleep Disorders. MyClevelandClinic.org, 2013. Accessed April 4, 2017. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/common-sleep-disorders
[vi] Katz DA, McHorney CA. The relationship between insomnia and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic illness. J. Fam. Pract. 51(3),229-235 (2002). Accessed April 4, 2017. http://www.mdedge.com/jfponline/article/59989/relationship-between-insomnia-and-health-related-quality-life-patients/pdf
[vii] Shahly V. et al. The Associations of Insomnia With Costly Workplace Accidents and Errors: Results From the America Insomnia Survey. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(10):1054-1063. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.2188.
[viii] Harvard Med. Sleep and Mood. HealthSleep.Med.Harvard.edu. December 15, 2008. Accessed April 20, 2017. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood
[ix] Troxel WM et al. Marital Happiness and Sleep Disturbances in a Multi-Ethnic Sample of Middle-Aged Women. Behav Sleep Med. 2009 ; 7(1): 2-19. doi:10.1080/15402000802577736.
[x] National Sleep Foundation. Depression and Sleep. SleepFoundation.org, 2017. Accessed April 4, 2017. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/depression-and-sleep
[xi] Pernix Therapeutics. SILENOR Prescribing Information. March 2010. Accessed April 4, 2017. https://www.silenor.com/Content/pdf/prescribing-information.pdf
SILENOR(R) is a registered trademark of Pernix Sleep, Inc.