Harvard Women's Health Watch

Better sleep-without pills

Prescription sleep aids can help you fall asleep, but they can also have side effects like an increased risk for falls and daytime sleepiness that can make it dangerous to drive. Before women take sleep medication, they should see a doctor to identify the cause of their insomnia. Women may be able to sleep better by using lifestyle interventions, such as relaxing before bed, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, and waking up and going to bed on the same schedule every day.
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