Many men and women all over North America have trouble sleeping once in a while. Sometimes it's due to jet lag or maybe a painful injury that makes it difficult to lie down. Other times, sleeping is tough because your mind is preoccupied with thoughts about bills and your love life. For times like this, there are a number of great ways to get rid of temporary insomnia. You could try a relaxation technique like meditation of yoga. You can also try changing your diet ever so slightly.

What if the insomnia you suffer from isn't so temporary though? If you consistently have trouble sleeping, you may have chronic insomnia. This is a serious condition that usually can't be cured by an over the counter medication. In this article, we'll discuss a few different kinds of prescription sleep aids that can help. Please keep in mind that I'm not a health care professional. You can read a lot on the Internet but nothing can replace a face to face meeting with a good doctor.

Most prescription sleeping aids are known as sedative hypnotics. They essentially slow down the body's nervous system, making the mind and body tired. This, naturally, leads to a more relaxed feeling. These are different than OTC sleep aids which are basically just antihistamines.

The most common type of sleep aids prescribed by doctors are of the benzodiazepine variety. You've probably seen products like Dalmae, Doral and Restoril advertised on late night television. All three of these drugs are based on the same benzodiazepine formula. Variations of this drug are often used to treat anxiety disorders as well. This makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Folks with stress problems need to relax just as much as folks with sleeping problems. Non-benzodiazepine drugs are becoming more popular all the time. This is due to the fact that they tend to have less in the way of side effects than other prescription sleep aids. Common brand names that this drug is found in include Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata. Great names eh?!

Speaking of sleep aid side effects, here are a few things to consider. The most dangerous part of all these drugs is related to dependency. If these medications aren't used under the close supervision of a registered doctor, it's quite possible to become addicted to them. Some patients get to the point where they are unable to sleep at all without taking a pill. This can be avoided by laying out a "sleeping plan" with your doctor. Other side effects of prescription sleeping aids include things like dry throats and constipation. These symptoms do often dissipate with continued use of the same drug though.