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What medications can help with treating short-term insomnia?

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Short-term insomnia, often caused by travel or stress, usually improves once the stress is removed or after your body has adjusted to the new schedule. Short-term use of over-the-counter sleep remedies may help. Chronic insomnia, which disrupts sleep for extended periods of time, may call for a thorough physical exam, alteration of some lifestyle habits, medical treatment, and, perhaps, psychotherapy to identify a hidden cause. It is most important to treat any problem that is producing insomnia symptoms. Just treating insomnia symptoms without dealing with the main cause will not be helpful.

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

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