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Can you use over-the-counter sleep medicines to treat chronic insomnia?

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An OTC product may help with an occasional sleepless night, but it's inappropriate for chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia could be a sign of a serious condition, so see your doctor.

From: Understanding Insomnia: An Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control.

Merck Manuals Online: “Insomnia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What Is Insomnia?”

American Sleep Association: “Insomnia.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Insomnia.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control.

Merck Manuals Online: “Insomnia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What Is Insomnia?”

American Sleep Association: “Insomnia.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Insomnia.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2017

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