Can’t remember the last time you got a full night of sleep without waking up at least once in the middle of the night?
You’re certainly not alone.
Struggling to stay asleep for a full seven to nine hours is a hallmark of insomnia, the most common sleep disorder reported by adults.
And while briefly waking up and immediately rolling over to fall back asleep isn’t that big of a deal, experiencing multiple wakeups throughout the night or being unable to fall back asleep when your rest is interrupted is a problem.
After all, interrupted sleep means the quality of your sleep is suffering. And you’ll certainly feel this during the daytime.
Gabapentin is one sleep solution offered by doctors to not only help you fall asleep faster but stay asleep for a full night of rest – without those disruptive wakeups.
How Does Gabapentin Help You Sleep?
Gabapentin is a prescription anticonvulsant, a medication meant to stop or prevent seizures.
But studies have shown this drug is helpful for more than just that, and it’s commonly prescribed to treat:
- Nerve pain
- Hot flashes
- Teeth grinding
- Restless leg syndrome
Gabapentin boosts deep sleep, the stage of sleep known for improving memory consolidation. It’s also been shown to improve sleep efficiency, or the time spent asleep while you’re in bed, as well as preventing sleep interruptions.
How Is Gabapentin Dosed?
When used for insomnia, most doctors will write a prescription for 100-400 mg of Gabapentin. This should be taken once a day right before you’re ready to go to bed.
In some cases, your doctor may start you off with a lower dose and adjust as needed.
Always be sure to take your Gabapentin prescription as written. Do not change your dosage without first speaking with your doctor.
Some people do report feeling groggy the following morning after taking Gabapentin. Because of this, your doctor will likely recommend that you start your prescription when you don’t have to be anywhere first thing the next morning.
Do not drive or do any activities until you have an understanding of how this medication affects you.
How Do I Know What Dosage Is Right For Me?
To understand what dose of Gabapentin is best for you, talk with your doctor.
During your discussion, your doctor will ask you important questions to determine the right sleep treatment for you, including your medical history and your current medications.
Once given a Gabapentin prescription, always be sure to follow the directions provided.
Reviewed by Dr. Alex Dimitriu
Dr. Alex Dimitriu is a Stanford-trained physician with dual board certification in psychiatry and sleep medicine. The included content is not intended to replace medical advice. Always be sure to discuss any prescription medications with your doctor.