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When should I take a sleeping pill?

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It's best to take it right before bedtime. Read your doctor's instructions on the sleeping pill prescription label. The instructions have specific information regarding your medication. Always allow ample time to sleep before you take a sleeping pill.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Insomnia: How to Get A Good Night's Sleep."

FDA: "Side Effects of Sleep Drugs."

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Preventing Parasomnias."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep."

Medline Plus: "Aging Changes in Sleep."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Insomnia: How to Get A Good Night's Sleep."

FDA: "Side Effects of Sleep Drugs."

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Preventing Parasomnias."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep."

Medline Plus: "Aging Changes in Sleep."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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