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There are many possible side effects of Parnate, and insomnia appears to be one of the most common. To cure insomnia, it is important to improve sleep habits. For example, it may be necessary to avoid naps after 3 p.m., keep a regular sleep-wake cycle, and avoid exercise within two hours of bedtime. If you develop insomnia while taking Parnate and insomnia symptoms do not improve after adjusting your sleep habits, talk to your healthcare provider.

Parnate and Insomnia: An Introduction

Insomnia is the one of the more common side effects of Parnate® (tranylcypromine sulfate), although the exact percentage of patients experiencing this side effect has not been reported. In fact, insomnia is a common symptom of many antidepressants, including Parnate.

What Is Insomnia?

People with insomnia have one or more of the following insomnia symptoms:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Non-refreshing sleep.

Parnate and Insomnia: Suggestions

Some people taking Parnate find that improving their sleep habits can be an effective insomnia cure. Some tips for better sleep include:
  • Keep a regular sleep-wake cycle. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in the four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Don't exercise within two hours of bedtime. Exercising five or six hours before bedtime may help you sleep more soundly.
  • Don't eat large meals within two hours of bedtime.
  • Don't nap later than 3 p.m.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet room with a comfortable temperature.
  • If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, do a quiet activity somewhere else and return to bed when you're sleepy.
  • Wind 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.)
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