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ricardinho posted:
My anxiety seems to be worst at night.
What do people recommend for sleep aids?
Does a prescription medication work better than OTC ones?

I wake up one or twice a night with a little heart surge.
Square breathing helps a lot for that, but getting my brain to shut down has been harder lately.

thanks
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Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Getting to sleep at night can be a problem for a lot of people, but especially for anyone with anxiety. I am not an M.D. and I can't recommend any sleep aide to you, but what I would say is that it is preferable that you not use anything whether it be prescription or OTC. Prescription medications, if you read the instructions carefully and also note the side effects, are not without some difficulties. Additionally, if they are absolutely needed, it is usually recommended that they only be used for a short period of time.

You may want to consider a few changes in your sleep time routine and I would suggest you take a look at the Sleep page on my website for some useful links. We do know that avoiding any caffeine, having your room dark and helping yourself with, possibly, some visual, relaxing imagery can also be helpful.


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