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Help for Insomnia sufferers

       Most adults have experienced sleeplessness at one point or another in their lives. An estimated 1 in 10 Americans have chronic insomnia, and nearly 1 in 4 have difficulty sleeping.    Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is defined by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep.

Insomnia symptoms include:

  1. Difficulty falling asleep at night
  2. Waking up during the night
  3. Waking up too early in the morning
  4. Daytime fatigue or sleepiness

Insomnia is a problem that may be temporary or chronic. It is broken down into types based on longevity:

  1. Transient: can last from days to weeks.
  2. Short-term: between three weeks and six months.
  3. Chronic: can last for years at a time.

Some common causes of insomnia include:

  1. Stimulants or prescription drugs including antidepressants, herbs, weight-loss products, pain medication, decongestants and high blood pressure medication.
  2. Problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, or work or financial problems.
  3. Changes in your circadian rhythm. Circadian comes from two Latin words: “circa” meaning about and “dia” for day. It works as an internal clock, and it could be disturbed by jet lag or a different work shift.
  4. Medical conditions that cause pain, such as arthritis, restless leg syndrome (RLS), or fibromyalgia.
  5. Mental disorders such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD or schizophrenia.

        If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may need to talk to your physician. Your doctor may do a physical exam, ask about any medications you’re taking and also your sleep patterns.  In some cases, it’s possible for your physician to refer you to a sleep center for testing.

Treatment

        Insomnia can often be treated by practicing good sleep habits, like trying to go to bed at the same time each night or avoiding caffeine or nicotine before bed. But if self-help measures don’t work, your doctor might prescribe you medication.

        The leading prescription medications to treat insomnia are Ambien, Lunesta and Rozerem. They help induce sleep and help you stay asleep.

        EquivaMeds is a prescription drug cost-reduction resource developed by physicians to help your doctor understand your costs and options. We know you are well informed about generics, but often have never heard about same-class equivalents. EquivaMeds helps your doctor understand the one thing he or she doesn’t know about your healthcare: the out-of-pocket cost of your prescription drugs. Like generic drugs, equivalent-class medications can save money for millions of people without reducing the quality of your care.

        Click the following link to visit EquivaMeds to find out how you can save when it comes to your prescription medication.

Some good sleeping habits to keep in mind are:

  1. Keeping a sleep schedule. Try to go to sleep at the same time at night and wake up around the same time in the morning.
  2. Avoid/Limit caffeine, nicotine and alcohol late in the day.
  3. Exercise regularly. Get in at least 20 to 30 minutes of activity, but don’t exercise for at least four to five hours before you go to bed. 
  4. Avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep or sex.
  5. Find ways to relax. Listening to music, taking a bath or reading a book may help you wind down.

        Our goal at EquivaMeds is to provide you and your physician with information regarding potential medication alternatives. We understand your physician is the only person with the clinical training and familiarity with your medical history to best determine the next step for your medication. Your doctor will always provide you with the best care at the lowest cost with the right information. EquivaMeds provides the information.

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