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What might your doctor suggest as a sleep aid for chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Your doctor might suggest an OTC sleep aid, such as an antihistamine. While these can help you sleep soundly through the night, the downside is that the effects can last more than 8 hours. This means you could feel drowsy throughout the day, which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. But not all sleep aids affect everyone in the same way. Talk to your doctor about which type would be best for you and how to take it.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

FDA: “Side effects of sleep drugs.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Consumer Reports: “Sleeping pills for insomnia: Which ones work best?”

National Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Foundation: “The Importance of Orthostatic Intolerance in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Clinicaltrials.gov, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

FDA: “Side effects of sleep drugs.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Consumer Reports: “Sleeping pills for insomnia: Which ones work best?”

National Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Foundation: “The Importance of Orthostatic Intolerance in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Clinicaltrials.gov, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

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