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Medicines Optimisation in Patients with Insomnia

Insomnia in 60 seconds


Disturbed sleep and associated daytime fatigue can have many adverse health consequences. Insomnia is not only a risk factor for certain mental conditions but a potential warning sign for serious mental or medical issues.

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Assessment & Diagnosis

The simplest way of assessing sleep is by asking the patient (and family member or carer where possible) about their sleep. Several screening questionnaires have been developed to assist health professionals.

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Benzodiazepines & Z-Drugs

Evidence concerning the harmful effects of traditional hypnotic drugs has continued to accumulate in the medical literature. This has prompted both national guidance and safety warnings as to the most appropriate use of these agents.

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When choosing between melatonin formulations, a healthcare professional should consider relevant guidance, their professional responsibilities and the cost implications.

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