Sleep Disorders, Sleep Remedies & Insomnia Relief


Sleep Aids - Prescription Drugs & Over The Counter

In the search for a good night's rest an individual may feel that they need to go the route of over the counter and prescription medication. Although these types of drugs have become more and more popular it still remains a good suggestion to not take these things lightly.

Understandably it can be very tempting to treat the symptom of sleeplessness instead of searching for what might be any one of a number of causes. That takes time and effort. And in todays fast paced world it may seem imperative to get the solution as fast as possible by using any source possible.

While one may occasionally rely on the use of these drugs it can happen that it becomes a habit. Instead of understanding what is causing the problem of their insomnia and finding a cure, an individual relying on these drugs will only end up masking the real issue.

In fact, it has been found that sleeping pills can begin to interfere with REM sleep. An essential aspect of a good night's rest. Over time these sleeping aids can disrupt the deeper stages of sleep. And some experts have found that if these is kept up the patient will eventually find their insomnia paradoxilly getting worse.

The other aspect of using any type of drug is the prospect of negative side effects. In the case of many over the counter medicines the range of side effects can include confusion, dry mouth, feeling agitated, and depression. In some reported incidents there has been a worsening of symptoms regarding an enlarged prostate. In others, there are problems with water retention and constipation.

For other well known prescription medications such as Halcion, there were reports of cases of mental confusion and amnesia. For ones such as Valium, Seconal and Dalmane there were symptoms of sluggishness, confusion, restlessness and a heightened sense of anxiety.

In recent times a new sleeping pill that has gained notoriety is called Ambien. It claims to be able to give a good night's rest without causing disruptions to the deeper sleep cycles or the REM cycle. However, as we have come to appreciate, these things take time to be thoroughly investigated.

As with taking any medication it is good to remember that there is the definite possibility of becoming dependent upon it. It may be very difficult to stop taking it at some point and you may find yourself having to suffer through some withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shaking and sweating to do so.

Another caveat is that some medications can take you into a rebound cycle where the insomnia keeps getting worse requiring even more medication. We witness this cycle in headache treatments as well.

And there is always the need to coordinate any new medication with any current medicines that you might be taking as the combinations of some drugs can cause some very serious health issues.

Ultimately it is up to each individual and their health care provider as to what path of treatment they will pursue to treat this very frustrating problem. Still, it is encouraged that one looks more closely at what might be the underlying cause for their insomnia rather than just focusing on the immediate short term relief.

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