I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.As a follow-up to last month's Sleep Better with These Shut-Eye Strategies article, to help me achieve a good night’s sleep, I've been personally practicing healthy shut-eye strategies – including signing off from social media at least one hour before bedtime. Here's the results of applying the four shut-eye strategies previously mentioned:
- Attack the day early. For me, I went to the gym for the first time in years. When my company moved into its new building, it had a great new gym. While I don't go there daily, I know I won't go if I don't get there in the morning.
- Relax your body at bedtime. For me, I got a new padded mattress cover to get myself more comfortable. The old mattress just isn't as comfortable any more and it was affecting my sleep. The mattress cover helps my body relax.
- Turn off tech. This was the hardest for me to do. I at least shut the laptop down, but sometimes I'm still on the phone. It isn't as bright. I try to use the phone only for games right before bed versus dealing with emails which requires more thought. If I can't totally turn off tech/the laptop, I'll stick to just wrapping up articles and avoid Facebook/Twitter/etc. With the blog, I can get to a done state, where social media triggers thoughts which require actions, keeping you up longer/later, or just thinking about that new idea you just saw.
- Turn off the lights and TV. This was the easiest of all actions to do. The laptop screen is bright enough to work in the dark. I can touch type so I don't need to see the letters on the keyboard. That's part of the reason I can do so much sometimes as I type quickly. The TV off early also helped me to wrap things up more quickly as it was one less distraction.
Available medications work to either help you fall asleep or to help you stay asleep. SILENOR works with the latter, working with the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, and using the medication regularly has not been associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence.
If following a healthy shut-eye strategy isn't working and you're still not getting an uninterrupted night's sleep, consider having a conversation with your doctor to discuss your lifestyle, routine, and symptoms to determine how best to address the situation.
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*Read my DisclosureFull 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.