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What are the safest pills to take fir shift related

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What are the safest pills to take fir shift related insomnia
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: None and no
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: 30 year old, 1 child, healthy weight, no health problems except some kidney infections in the past
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 9 months ago.

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. It is characterized by subjective difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, despite adequate opportunity and results in daytime impairment. Complications include cognitive decline, reduced quality of life, hypertension, increased likelihood of receiving disability benefits, work absenteeism, and traffic accidents.

First off, good sleep hygiene including avoidance of caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bedtime and regular moderate exercise improves sleep quality and insomnia.

Melatonin will be the safest medication. It is over the counter.

You other options include:

-short-intermediate acting benzodiazepine hypnotic (such as temazepam, estazolam, or lorazepam)
-nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic sedative (such as, zolpidem, eszopiclone, or zaleplon)
-melatonin receptor agonist (ramelteon)

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