Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause
sleep problems. A few examples of these medicines are:
Nonprescription diet aids.
Other substances that may cause
sleep problems include:
Alcohol. At first, drinking alcohol may cause
sleepiness. Many people may drink alcohol to help them go to sleep. But
when you drink alcohol, you are more likely to awaken later in the
Caffeine. Drinking a cup of coffee or other
caffeine-containing beverage during the day can cause sleeplessness. Caffeine
can stimulate the body for 3 to 7 hours and can interfere with your sleep as
long as it remains in your body. Even the small amount of caffeine in
decaffeinated beverages can interfere with sleep.
can disrupt sleep and reduce total sleep time. Smokers report more daytime
sleepiness and minor accidents than do nonsmokers, especially in younger age
Illegal drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, and
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William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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