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Sleep and Health

Sleep has a tremendous impact on our daily lives. How well you rest affects your daytime performance, moods and productivity.

Common Medications that May Disturb Sleep

Many medications can disturb your sleep in a mild or severe manner. These are often used to treat common medical problems. They may affect you by doing any of the following:

  • Keeping you from falling asleep
  • Waking you up during the night
  • Causing you to sleep for a shorter length of time
  • Inhaled and oral drugs are used to treat common breathing disorders. These breathing problems include the following:
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema

These drugs may contain steroids and a compound called "theophylline." They act as stimulants and can keep you awake at night. Some heart medications can produce insomnia and nightmares. Arthritis medications may contain either aspirin or a similar agent. They can irritate the stomach and cause abdominal pain at night. They can also cause heartburn. This is likely to result in broken sleep. Some antidepressants can lead to insomnia. Others may produce daytime sleepiness.

Many "over-the-counter" drugs can be purchased without a prescription. They are found on the shelves of your local drugstore. People are often unaware of the side effects that these drugs can cause. Many of them have adverse effects on your sleep and daytime alertness. Examples of common medications that can disturb your sleep include the following:

  • Nasal decongestants
  • Aspirin-containing preparations
  • Pain relievers with caffeine
  • Cold and allergy medications containing an antihistamine

You may suspect that a medication you are taking is affecting your sleep. But you should never stop taking a prescription drug without first talking to your doctor. He or she can decide how to help you sleep better. Changing your dose or your medication may be a proper solution. But you should not try to solve this problem on your own.

Common Medications that May Disturb Sleep

Many medications can disturb your sleep in a mild or severe manner. These are often used to treat common medical problems. They may affect you by doing any of the following:

Keeping you from falling asleep

Waking you up during the night

Causing you to sleep for a shorter length of time

Inhaled and oral drugs are used to treat common breathing disorders. These breathing problems include the following:

Asthma

Chronic bronchitis

Emphysema

These drugs may contain steroids and a compound called "theophylline." They act as stimulants and can keep you awake at night. Some heart medications can produce insomnia and nightmares. Arthritis medications may contain either aspirin or a similar agent. They can irritate the stomach and cause abdominal pain at night. They can also cause heartburn. This is likely to result in broken sleep. Some antidepressants can lead to insomnia. Others may produce daytime sleepiness.

Many "over-the-counter" drugs can be purchased without a prescription. They are found on the shelves of your local drugstore. People are often unaware of the side effects that these drugs can cause. Many of them have adverse effects on your sleep and daytime alertness. Examples of common medications that can disturb your sleep include the following:

Nasal decongestants

Aspirin-containing preparations

Pain relievers with caffeine

Cold and allergy medications containing an antihistamine

You may suspect that a medication you are taking is affecting your sleep. But you should never stop taking a prescription drug without first talking to your doctor. He or she can decide how to help you sleep better. Changing your dose or your medication may be a proper solution. But you should not try to solve this problem on your own.

Quick, easy and painless ways to assess your risk for a sleep disorder. Complete this short questionnaires on this link . If you would like you can forward your completed form(s) to us for a professional evaluation.

To assess your risk for Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), click here

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