The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 American adults don’t get enough sleep at night. And if you’ve ever tossed and turned instead of drifting off at bedtime, you know how frustrating that can be.

It should come as no surprise that many people turn to drugstore shelves to find a remedy that helps them sleep. There are a number of sleeping medications and “natural” sleep aids that are available for over-the-counter purchase.

“But how effective are these products?” you may ask. “And do they have any effect on my health?”

3 Things to Consider If You’re Using Sleep Aids

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or just hoping to be a little more mindful about these products, here are 3 things to keep in mind. 

Talk to your doctor.

Doesn’t matter if it’s “natural” – talk to your primary care provider before adding a sleeping pill to your regimen, especially if you routinely take other medications.

Make time for a sound sleep.

One of the most common effects from a sleep aid is significant drowsiness the following morning. To minimize your reaction, allow yourself 7-8 hours of restful sleep after using these products.

Know when it’s time to see a specialist.

While it may be ideal for those looking to combat jet lag or acclimating to a new shift at work, no sleep aid is intended to be a long-term solution. If your struggles with insomnia are prolonged, it may be time to seek medical help. 

Find a Sleep Specialist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Find a Sleep Specialist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112