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ALS Worldwide welcomes any questions or comments you might have.  We provide free, personalized and confidential support services to anyone in the ALS community—whether you are a patient or a loved one, friend, health care professional or caregiver of someone diagnosed.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202

ALS Worldwide
January 27, 2015

Sleep Aids

Getting enough quality sleep is important for everyone, but especially so for ALS/MND patients who may experience difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep throughout the night.  While the reasons for this are numerous, the solution is fairly simple.

Tylenol PM is one of the best sleep aids for those with ALS/MND. It's best to avoid the neuronal suppressing nature and other adverse effects of other, stronger sleep aids (such as Ambien, Ambien CR, Vicodin, Xanax, Lunesta, Sonata, Valium and other neuronal suppressing sleep assistive medications). Further, a study in 2009 suggests acetaminophen offers potential benefits of both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol PM. Recommended dosage is maximum two Tylenol PM, to be taken one hour before desired sleep time. While there have been recent papers on the potential hazards of acetaminophen (such as liver damage), those reports are based on excessive use of acetaminophen, such as 20 or more capsules daily.

If you or your physician have any questions or would like to discuss our viewpoints regarding these medications, please email us at [email protected]