How Are Shut-Eye Strategies Working for Me?

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I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

In previous posts, I talked about how I have been having trouble sleeping recently. I really think it is a result of stress and having so much on my plate. It seems like every time I lay down, all I can think about are all the things I have left to do. I find myself wishing I could pull a Twilight and just never sleep again. Do you know how much more I could get accomplished. Since becoming an incredible beautiful vampire can sadly not be added to my "to do" list, I decided to practice using some of the shut-eye strategies I discussed in previous posts. 

Perhaps the most important shut-eye strategy I decided to try out was turning off electronics an hour before bed. This was a tough one for me, because literally everything I need to do on a daily basis is pretty much online, but that was all the more reason to put the electronics away before bed. Instead, I started reading the boy's silent reading books that they are assigned each day. That way I could keep up with what they were supposed to be reading and know if they were doing it. I was still accomplishing a task, but without being online. 

Surprisingly, this helped a lot. I was able to lose myself in the story of the books and shut down from all my other daily tasks and "to do's." This and other strategies have helped me greatly improve my sleep issues. Unfortunately, the solution is not always this simple for many Americans. For them, shut-eye strategies alone may no be enough to ensure a restful night's sleep. 

Luckily, there are many options available for those people, including SILENOR®, a prescription sleep aid used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep at night. Most medications work to help you fall asleep, but SILENOR® works with your body's natural sleep-wake cycle to help you stay asleep throughout the night. It can be used regularly without risk of abuse or physical dependence, so is a great option if you suffer from insomnia even after implementing shut-eye strategies. 

If you have trouble sleeping through the night, give shut-eye strategies a try, and contact your doctor to determine what options might be best for you. To learn more about how you can achieve a restful night's sleep, visit

Full SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken a MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR®if you have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, at You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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