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Is it OK to take sleep aids to help me sleep right now?

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Yes, if exceptional difficulty sleeping exists and in extremely severe cases, sleep aids can be considered. However, if you are also suffering from insomnia as a result of this stressful situation, ensure you’ve looked at ways to control your sleep environment first. Reduce loud noises and address physical discomforts or pain that may be adding to the difficulty in sleep. Make sure you’re keeping regular times for going to bed and waking up, avoiding coffee, nicotine and alcohol late in the day or before going to bed. Alcohol disturbs sleep.

When psychologically oriented interventions such as relaxation techniques are not effective and insomnia causes considerable difficulty with daily functioning, short-term (3–7 days) treatments with benzodiazepines may be considered by your doctor.

World Health Organization: Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 11, 2020

World Health Organization: Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 11, 2020

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