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Remember awhile back when I shared how I would be practicing healthy shut-eye strategies to help me achieve a good night’s sleep? Well I have been doing them and I must tell you, following the strategies has made a significant difference in how I feel each day!
One of the main strategies that helped me the most in making sleep a priority was signing off from social media at least one hour before bedtime. I noticed that having my eyes unglued from a bright screen and placing myself in a darker environment one hour before bedtime helped me to become calm and more relaxed prior to drifting off to sleep. As a result, my sleep is better and I wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the world each day.
I also noticed that making sleep a priority by following specific sleep strategies (and sticking to them) helps to ‘silence my mind’ as I sleep, too. In other words, my dreams are more peaceful – instead of being like something out of an action movie. Because of this, in addition to feeling refreshed in the mornings, I have a more positive attitude.
I am so glad that the sleep strategies are working for me. However, I know that others may not be so lucky and need a different approach to help – especially if they are struggling with insomnia.
The good news for them is that there are effective treatment options available for those suffering with insomnia, including SILENOR®, a prescription sleep aid that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep.
Most sleep medications work on the sleep-promoting system, helping people fall asleep, while SILENOR® works with the wake-promoting mechanism of the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, helping people stay asleep throughout the night and early morning. And, perhaps most important, it can be used regularly and it’s not associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence.
If you desire to make sleep a priority but have trouble sleeping through the night, putting some sleep strategies into play like I did is a good idea. If you try the strategies and they don’t seem to be working, you should have a conversation with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms to determine the best option for you. Remember: a good day always starts with a good sleep.
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To learn more about how to make sleep a priority and achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep, visit www.wanttosleepmore.com.
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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.