However, the problem is that most of them are
not suitable for long term use, and often they only mask the underlying
issues, which can sometimes lead to more serious
consequences for a
person's overall level of health.
There are quite a few different types of prescription and
insomnia medicine available, some of which are much better than
others. If you suffer from insomnia or other sleeping problems, it is
recommended that you first try all of the other, more natural methods
available to you first, before giving up and relying on potentially
dangerous or addictive medications.
sometimes medication may be
the only effective insomnia treatment for some people, so it's good to
at least know what types of insomnia medicine are out there and what
conditions they are used to treat. This way you can openly discuss the
various options with your doctor and hopefully find some
insomnia treatment that works for you.
the Counter Sleeping Pills
the most widely used insomnia medicine has to be over the
counter sleeping pills. There are hundreds of different
available, each with its own unique formula of different chemicals or
herbal supplements designed to relax the body and mind to allow a
person to fall asleep.
of these sleeping pills contain mild to
definitely make you fall asleep, and usually quite soon after taking
them. However, the problem is that not only can these pills be habit
forming, but the sleep you get on them is actually quite
When taking sleeping pills, you will most often wake up feeling
incredibly tired and
groggy. Many people report only feeling like they
slept for a few hours even if they actually received a full eight hours
of sleep, and in actuality, this isn't far from the truth.
sedative sleep brought on by these pills can't compare to natural
sleep, and isn't nearly as restful. In many ways it is very similar to
of sleep you get after drinking: you might think you slept
long and heavy,
but in fact you barely recharged your body at all.
are a group of different tranquilizers that are
designed to promote feelings
of calmness and relaxation, while reducing
stress and anxiety and making a person tired.
are actually quite
effective in treating short term or temporary sleeping problems, and
they will definitely help you to fall asleep quickly and
they have many
when compared to over the
counter sleeping medications, but there is still a risk for certain
include headaches, waking up groggy,
memory loss, respiratory problems, depression, and incontinence due to
benzodiazepines are often used quite successfully to treat some short term insomnia,
but there is always a high risk of developing
a dependency when using benzodiazepines, so they should
never be used for more than two or three weeks at a time.
many people experience
what is known as rebound
insomnia after they stop using this insomnia medicine.
This is basically a condition where the sleeping problems
start up again almost immediately after discontinuing the use of these
pills, but usually this problem only lasts for a few days.
Hypnotics (Z Medicines)
newer group of insomnia medicine that has started to see a large
rise in use is hypnotics unrelated to benzodiazepines, often known as "z
medicines" due to the fact that the most common drugs
either begin with
or contain that letter. These drugs were first developed in the 1980's
as doctors searched for an alternative to benzodiazepines that worked
similarly but didn’t have so many negative side effects.
These medications are now
the first choice medical insomnia treatment
for the majority of doctors and their use has exploded over the last
decade or two. In fact, you are probably at least vaguely familiar with
some of the drugs in this group, even if you don't recognize their
chemical name. The three most popular drugs in the category are
zolpidem, zaleplon, and eszopiclone.
goes by the brand name Ambien,
and is probably the most widely
used sleeping medication on the market today. It is incredibly
effective at treating reoccurring sleep issues, and should never be
taken unless you have time to sleep at least 7 or 8 hours, or else you
might wake feeling absolutely exhausted and incredibly groggy.
is the drug that works quickest, with most patients
falling asleep within 30
minutes of taking it. However, this also means
it passes through the body quickly, and its effects usually don't last
for more than four hours.
means it's really only useful for people
who only have problems falling asleep but can then remain asleep
throughout the night.
more commonly known by its brand name Lunesta, is another
medication proven to help people more effectively manage their sleeping
problems, and is also quite widely used.
was also the first sleeping
medication to be approved
for long term use, making it one of the
safest medications for insomnia
on the market as well as one of the more
Medicines Containing Melatonin
is a naturally occurring
chemical responsible for our
feelings of tiredness, and is often taken by people with sleeping
problems. There are many types of natural and herbal sleeping medicine
addition, the FDA has also approved one
containing melatonin as a safe and effective
insomnia treatment option. However, it has only been approved for short
term use and only by people who are 55 years of age or
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