Why can’t I sleep? (Insomnia part 2)

Which medications can cause insomnia? Alcohol, some antidepressants, beta blockers (usually for blood pressure or heart conditions), caffeine, some chemotherapy agents, diuretics, some herbal remedies, nicotine, phenytoin (Dilantin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), steroids (prednisone), stimulant laxatives, some illicit drugs.
Taken from “Nonpharmacologic Management of Chronic Insomnia”, Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jan 15;79(2):125-130.

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Why can’t I sleep?

Why can’t I sleep? Insomnia (part 1)
Secondary causes of insomnia include: anxiety, asthma, COPD (chronic lung disease), congestive heart failure, depression, GERD (acid reflux), hyperthyroidism, menopause, obstructive sleep apnea, pain, restless legs, urinary incontinence or frequency and certain medications.
If you are struggling with insomnia, discuss this with your primary care practitioner, so you can be diagnosed and treated.
Taken from “Nonpharmacologic Management of Chronic Insomnia”, Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jan 15;79(2):125-130.

Sleep hygiene (part 1)

How do I improve my sleep without using addictive medications? (most of this is common sense, but a good reminder)
1.Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine for 4-6 hours prior to bedtime.
2.Make your bedroom conducive for sleep. Suggestions include: dark, quiet, cool, white noise, keeps pets out if they wake you and limit bedroom activities to sleep or other relaxing activities. Do not bring work, computers or televisions into the bedroom.
(taken from “Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep”, Sleep Medicine Division, Harvard Medical School, Dec 2007)