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Sleep Disturbance

Your sleep can be disturbed by many things. Lost sleep is only a problem if tiredness affects you the next day for example feeling grumpy and loss of concentration.  In general, people worry about their sleep too much.  1 in 3 people suffer from poor sleep.  Although short term lack of sleep tends not to be a big problem, sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on your physical health.

 

If you are worried about your sleep pattern, ask your pharmacist for advice. Treatments you can buy in the pharmacy are for short term treatment only.

 

Our Advice

  • Do not worry if you lose one or two nights sleep, your body will make up for it.
  • Try to work out what is stopping you from sleeping and deal with that problem.
  • Prepare yourself for sleep. Be tired and relax before you go to bed. Leave enough time between work and sleep.
  • Have a milky drink as your last drink of the night - not tea or coffee.
  • Reserve the bedroom for sleep and relaxation. Do not work or do mentally challenging tasks there.
  • If you cannot sleep, get up, do something else and then prepare yourself for bed again. Never lie awake in bed worrying about when sleep will come. You must relax to sleep.
  • If you have to go to the toilet a lot in the night, avoid tea and coffee in the day and drink less in the evenings.
  • If you snooze through the day, do not expect to sleep at night as well.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Numark Sleep Aid One a Night 20s - A sleep aid to relieve temporary sleep disturbances.  Contains Diphenhydramine hydrochloride.   Do not take if: - You suffer from asthma, stomach problems, glaucoma, prostate trouble or difficulty in passing water, - You are pregnant or breast feeding. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if: - You have myasthenia gravis or epilepsy, - You are taking any other medication. Not to be taken by children under 16 years old. May cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol. Do not exceed the stated dose. If your symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks or you have any other symptoms after using this product, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label. 
  • Sominex Tablets 8s / 16s - Clinically proven to relieve occasional sleeplessness.  Contains Promethazine Hydrochloride 20mg.  Do not take if; - You regularly cannot get to sleep. This product is for short term use only. - You have concussion or head injury or similar symptoms. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if; - You suffer from asthma, bronchitis, epilepsy, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, or difficulty in passing urine, - You suffer from heart, liver or kidney problems, - You are taking any other medication. Not suitable for use under 16 years of age. This product causes drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol. This product should not be used for more than 7 days. If your symptoms persist or you have any other symptoms after using this product, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label.
  • Nytol Tablets 25mg 20s - Used to relieve temporary sleeping difficulties, clinically proven.  Contains Diphenhydramine hydrochloride which blocks the normal actions of histamine, the chemical that stimulates arousal-promoting areas of the brain. Helps reduce alertness and promote that first drowsy stage of sleep.  Do not take if: - You suffer from asthma, stomach problems, glaucoma, prostate trouble or difficulty in passing water, - You are pregnant or breast feeding. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if: - You have myasthenia gravis or epilepsy, - You are taking any other medication. Not to be taken by children under 16 years old. May cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol. Do not exceed the stated dose. If your symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks or you have any other symptoms after using this product, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label. 

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