How do you sleep after taking sertraline?

Sertraline can cause both drowsiness and insomnia as side effects, and the best way to manage sleep while taking sertraline can vary from person to person. Here are some general tips that may help:

  1. Take sertraline at the same time every day: Taking sertraline at the same time every day can help regulate the medication’s effects on your body and may help improve sleep.
  2. Take sertraline in the morning: For some people, taking sertraline in the morning rather than at night may help reduce the risk of insomnia.
  3. Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine can help signal to your body that it is time to sleep. This may include activities such as reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can interfere with sleep, so it is best to avoid them before bedtime.
  5. Avoid electronic devices before bedtime: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with sleep, so it is best to avoid using them before bedtime.
  6. Keep your sleep environment comfortable: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool, and invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  7. Talk to your doctor: If you are having difficulty sleeping while taking sertraline, it is important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to adjust your dosage or recommend other treatments to help you sleep better.

In conclusion, managing sleep while taking sertraline can be challenging, and the best way to manage sleep may vary from person to person. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are having difficulty sleeping while taking sertraline, as there may be other strategies or treatments that can help improve your sleep.


There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:

    France

    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé): ansm.sante.fr

    Spain

    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios): aemps.gob.es

    Germany

    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte): bfarm.de

    Italy

    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist

    France

    • Contact SOS Médecins: 3624
    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website: 143.ch

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website: cpsquebec.ca

    Spain

    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717

    Germany

    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222

    Italy

    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284

    Netherlands

    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113

    Portugal

    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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