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In fact, a number of common medications can prevent you from falling asleep or staying asleep; others can make you groggy or sleepy during the day. Chemicals work differently on everyone, so a given medication may not affect you and your best friend the same way, but the following drugs could cause sleep problems for most people.
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These drugs can affect both the quality and quantity of your sleep:
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“Certain heart, blood pressure, and asthma drugs, as well as over-the-counter medicines for colds, allergies, and headaches, can interrupt normal sleep patterns,” says James Wellman, MD, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia in Augusta.
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Sleep problems aren’t limited to prescription drugs. These common medications can also affect sleep:
If you rely on medications for a chronic condition or even minor ailments, you may find yourself sleep-deprived or battling daytime drowsiness.
Discuss your sleep problems with your doctor, health care practitioner, or pharmacist. There may be other medications that can treat your ailment or health condition without disrupting sleep. Switching medications or lowering dosages with your doctor’s guidance may help ease insomnia that’s due to medication side effects. Likewise, changing the time of day at which you take your medication may help. Restful sleep is important for feeling well and recovering from health problems, so don’t lose sleep over medication side effects. Changing your medication could be the perfect prescription for a good night’s sleep. Last Updated: 4/16/2013.
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