Nardil and Insomnia
Side effects may occur with the use of Nardil, and insomnia is one of the most common. This can usually be cured by improving sleep habits. For example, if you are taking Nardil and insomnia occurs, you can try keeping a regular sleep-wake cycle, avoiding caffeine within four to six hours before bedtime, and winding down in the 30 minutes before bedtime with a relaxing pre-sleep ritual.
Insomnia is one of the more common side effects of Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate), although the exact percentage was not reported. In fact, insomnia is a common symptom of many antidepressants.
People with insomnia have one or more of the following 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.
Some people taking Nardil find that improving their sleep habits can be an effective insomnia cure. Tips for better sleep include the following:
- 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 pm.
- 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.
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