Thousands of Hoosiers suffering from insomnia may find relief in a new medication released Thursday on the market.
According to a study, nearly half of all Hoosiers said they wake up in the middle of the night, and many can't go back to sleep.
The interrupted sleeping patterns are the most common kind of insomnia and mostly women struggle with it, medical experts said.
Pharmacist Jill Bliss said a tiny pill, Intermezzo, could help some insomniacs get a better nights sleep.
"It dissolves underneath your tongue and that's designed to have a quicker onset of action, Bliss said.
Doctors said Intermezzo is similar to Ambien, but only gives patients a lower dose of medication.
Patients using Intermezzo should commit to at least four hours of sleep for the medication to work effectively, RTV6's Stacia Matthews
"If you wake up sooner than (four hours), then you still have that druggy feeling or the hangover effect because the medicine isn't out of your system, Bliss said.
Other side effects include sleepwalking, sleep driving and even sleep eating.
Nurse Practitioner Julie Schneiders said shes bracing for desperate patients to ask for prescriptions.
"I don't like to just give people a pill for (insomnia), so you want to find out what it is, and why they can't sleep, Schneiders said.
She also advised Hoosiers who have trouble sleeping to avoid alcohol, caffeine, water and exercise late in the evening.
While the reasons for insomnia can vary from anxiety to sleep apnea, Schneiders said medicine should be the last resort.
Doctors said natural approaches to getting a good nights sleep include taking warm baths, listening to music and drinking warm milk or hot tea, which contain ingredients to soothe the nervous system.
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