Pharmacological options can be used alongside of CBTi for faster results.
Sleep hygiene recommendations alongside medication is also a very common form of treatment.
Be mindful when taking certain medications. Some side effects may include:
Memory and motor deficits
There are new sleep medications however that work by decreasing excessive wakefulness in individuals struggling with insomnia.
It is important that when considering medications, individuals should always consult a primary care provider.
When to Talk to Your Doctor?
Sleep troubles are causing serious disturbances in various parts of your life:
Experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness
New or worsening of anxiety or depression
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Toward Optimized Practice. Assessment to Management of Adult Insomnia Clinical Practice Guidelines. Alberta. December 2015.
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Dr. Jeffery Habert (2021). The Impact of Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace.