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Sleep Aid Medications - A Few Things You Should Know

By Edited Oct 8, 2015 0 2

There is a massive market for sleep aid medications these days. This is, of course, due to the fact that so many people around the world suffer from varying degrees of insomnia. The most common type of sleeping disorder is known as transient insomnia. This condition usually only lasts for a couple days at a time. It can't really be ignored though. Anyone who has experienced this can say that it really affects their life in a negative way. If you can't sleep well, you can't function well during the day. This can potentially lead to problems in your home, work and love life.

When choosing the right sleep aid medication, there are a few different things to consider. Before we get into these reasons, though, I feel it's necessary to offer a disclaimer of sorts. I'm not a doctor. Use the information in this article as the brief overview that it is. There are a lot of sites on the Internet that deal with sleeping disorders and possible cures. The quality of content on these sites varies tremendously. At the end of the day, you should definitely consult with your doctor before starting any new medication.

Now, there are essentially two different types of sleeping aid medication. The most common ones are available over the counter. The OTC sleeping pills go by names like Nytol, Sominex and Unisom. They affect the body and mind in much the same way that an antihistamine does. After consumption, most men and women feel drowsy and ready for bed. Drugs like this are not meant for people suffering from chronic insomnia. They are quite useful in relieving the effects of temporary insomnia though. If you are having trouble sleeping due to jet lag or a recent night shift, these drugs may be for you. For most individuals, side effects aren't a big problem. That said, some people do complain of constipation and dry throat after taking over the counter sleep aids.

If the medications discussed above aren't cutting it, you may need to look into prescription sleeping drugs. These are quite a bit stronger than their over the counter cousins. They are known as sedative hypnotics and go by names like Lunesta and Prosom. These pills work by slowing down the nervous system. This, in turn, relaxes the mind and body, encouraging sleep. The side effects associated with these types of medications are quite a bit more serious than the OTC drugs. A handful of people who take prescription sleep aid medications develop dependency issues. They basically get to the point where it's impossible for them to fall asleep or stay asleep unless they are medicated. This is, of course, why you need to work closely with a health care professional when deciding on the right sleep aid for you.

Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!



Oct 27, 2009 12:09pm
I think people should try alternative methods before resorting to sleep medication. I have seen more times then not complications or dependency on sleep medication. I personally use sound therapies to help me sleep. you can get these all over the place, personally i got them from Prescription Audio because i like to have them on my ipod for when I travel. but do your research and use medication as a last resort.

Best Regards,
Oct 27, 2009 7:58pm
Well said Chris - Sleep medication should really be used as a last resort. Improving your sleep hygiene and changing your diet slightly are more natural ways to help sleep.

I'm not really familiar with Prescription Audio... Sounds interesting though. Thanks for the comment...
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