Zyprexa and Insomnia

Zyprexa and Insomnia: Suggestions

If you have having difficulty sleeping while taking Zyprexa, there are some things you may try. Some tips for better sleep include:
  • Keeping a regular sleep-wake cycle. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in the four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Avoiding exercise within two hours of bedtime. Exercising five or six hours before bedtime may help you sleep more soundly.
  • Avoiding eat large meals within two hours of bedtime.
  • Napping no later than 3 p.m.
  • Sleeping in a dark, quiet room with a comfortable temperature.
  • Doing a quiet activity somewhere else if you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes. Return to bed when you're sleepy.
  • Winding down in the 30 minutes before bedtime with a relaxing pre-sleep ritual, such as a warm bath, soft music, or reading.
(Click Good Sleep Habits for more suggestions.)
Remember that it is impossible for your healthcare provider to know whether you will develop insomnia while taking Zyprexa. Also, if a person does develop insomnia while taking Zyprexa, it can be challenging to know whether it caused by the condition being treated or by Zyprexa itself. This is because insomnia is common with a number of the conditions that Zyprexa is used to treat. For example, a number of people with bipolar disorder report insomnia.
If you are taking Zyprexa and insomnia becomes a problem, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. There are other treatments that he or she may be able to recommend, including insomnia medications, adjusting the Zyprexa dosage, or trying another bipolar or schizophrenia medication.
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